This new ‘hate crime’ law is even more pernicious & worrying than celebrity critics like Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese realise | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

This new ‘hate crime’ law is even more pernicious & worrying than celebrity critics like Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese realise

Scotland’s bid to outlaw prejudice against certain ‘protected characteristics’ is not just about an assault on free speech. It does something the law should never do: treat some people more favourably than others.
The media spotlight on celebrity free speech blinds us to the threat the proposed new hate crime poses to ordinary people, and their right to equal treatment under the law.

By introducing so-called ‘protected characteristics’, the Scottish government plans to allow the courts to punish alleged ‘hate crimes’ much more severely than other offences. Their argument, that offences committed against victims who identify with these ‘characteristics’ should be punished much more severely than an offence committed against someone who does not have them, threatens to undermine the right of citizens to be treated equally before the law.

So far, there are seven ‘protected characteristics’ outlined in the Hate Crime & Public Order (Scotland) Bill. They are: age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, and variations in sex characteristic. There are plans to introduce more at a later stage.

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