One of the problems with Legislation is that the drafters have to get it right!
Had a look at a failedParliamentary bill this being the Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill. Now here is a piece of legislation, presumably designed to stop people who are bent, for one reason or another, from publishing or saying something adverse about another’s religion, to the point where the recipient of this publication would be pushed to hating a religion, or a belief structure, or any number of variations on this theme!
Haven’t these clowns got anything better to do than try and regulate what is in someone’s mind, never mind printer queue? Let’s have a look at the process which would have to be followed in order to produce a result under this flawed law! Take the belief structures of the main religions of this strange and wonderful world of ours, if you will?
First up is a religion, which for reference sakes we’ll call AA, which states that they, (the believers) are the chosen people, and when the end comes, or the true coming, or whatever, they and only they, will all be taken up, installed alongside their beneficent maker for Eternity, and the rest can go hang, or whatever! Seems a little cavalier, especially when presumably everyone else was created by the same Maker!
Next is a whole heap of people, reference BB, all of whom believe that this main guy was the subject of a virgin birth, was at the same time the son of the Maker in the first outfit, he gets chopped rather badly, but then came back to life, and then headed upwards (why upwards, by the way?), and all believers will eventually reach paradise, and all unbelievers will head the other way, except those who have been good by their own standards, (seems another instance of, well, getting it both ways, if you get my drift?) One strange outcome of this bunch is a whole heap of preachers of the BB faith who have all been found guilty of sexual perversion practices in America, Ireland, England and elsewhere, (Can’t get the help to behave, happens all the time!)
An offshoot of the second bunch, reference CC, founded by a) a very strict and ascetic German (it just had to be Germany) preacher, who didn’t like the licentious activities under way by the bunch in the BB outfit, and also co-founded by b) a King who couldn’t father a boy (for the king’s heir industry, you understand), then wed four or six more in fairly quick succession without male heirs, eventually dying of syphilis; but the Religions founded by these two guys now extends, as the others, for a fairly well spread out portion of the population of this planet, with the leaders all saying such well meant notions as, ‘it’s okay now to marry one woman, and while uttering the very promises of marriage, bonking the behind off another woman who’s been in the background for thirty years; and then when the first wife kicks the bucket in a really fast car accident, you can marry the second, even though she’s been married before as well! Oh, and you can also continue to be a governor of Church CC, because it’s all right now, (and besides the wench is dead) (I think it’s called sophistry, which in online thesaurus terms also means chicanery, deception, deceptiveness, delusion, equivocation, evasion, fallacy, lie, oversubtleness, sophism, speciousness, spuriousness, trick; if you get my drift)!
Another outfit now comes along, reference DD, founded by this guy who produces this book full of deep and well-meant guidelines on how to live your life, and how this guy’s Maker version is the only one, and everyone had better live right, but the trouble is that the founder can’t write, so what do you know, the angels write it for him; (really fortunate, them coming along just like that!) This outfit has spread, as the others have, far and wide, but they are convinced that they’ve got the patent on being the true faith, and they tend to blow people up, which is a rather strange way of spreading your belief system, again if you get my drift?
There are others, such as outfits EE, based around the teachings of this really holy guy who preached pacifism, tolerance and love, which tends to draw devotees from east asian countries, but since they don’t push their beliefs, and certainly don’t blow anyone up, I don’t see it catching on; not enough ‘ooomph’ in the message; and also belief FF, who believe that all animals are holy, which tends to get in the way of mass food production, but since they are continually fighting and killing devotees of creed GG, who are an offshoot of brand DD, they tend to forget the love and reverence aspects.
So here we are, all supposed to be following the tenets of one brand or another, all of whose founders preached little else besides love, tolerance and good deeds, so why is the whole world going to hell in a hand basket, It can’t be religion’s fault, as they keep saying, “Just follow the Path, and all will be well!”
So when the first prosecution comes along under this new Act, are the judges gonna’ say, “Who wrote this garbage, not guilty!”