Scottish Hate Crime Bill Would Lead to Arrests for ‘Offensive’ Conversations Inside the Home

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Scotland’s proposed hate crime bill would go so far as to criminalize dinner table conversations if their ‘offensive’ content is reported to police. The new bill would add an additional crime of “stirring up hate” against a protected group by “behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, or communicating threatening or abusive material to another person.” The law has dire implications for free speech, comedy, journalists, writers and theater directors. When rules are unequally applied to people based on physical characteristics, it creates resentment by the group that is excluded, and it is divisive. The mandate creates a hierarchy, with the rule makers at the top, consolidating power.

Scotland’s new odious hate crime bill would go so far as to criminalize dinner table conversations if their ‘offensive’ content is reported to police.

“Conversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotland’s hate crime law,” reports the Times.

Such conversations were previously protected under the Public Order Act 1986, which includes a “dwelling defense” that shields conversations that take place in private homes from being prosecuted, however that would be removed under the new law.

The new bill would add an additional crime of “stirring up hate” against a protected group by “behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, or communicating threatening or abusive material to another person,” as well as the crime of possessing “inflammatory material.”

Critics have argued that the vague term “stirring up hate” could be broadly interpreted and could lead to people like JK Rowling facing criminal charges and up to seven years in prison for expressing views about transgender issues.

It also has dire implications for comedy and freedom of speech, given that anyone could choose to take offense to anything and complain that they have experienced “hate.”

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said journalists, writers and theater directors could

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Richard Ruhling
Richard Ruhling
11 months ago

This bill in Scotland is a precursor to similar laws everywhere under a New World Order with total surveillance where everything is ok (Babylon) but protest means prison.

Ed
Ed
6 months ago

Just one less country I would consider moving to.