Criminal Prosecution for Offending Religion
OMFSM, British law getting fucking stupid. A Christian couple is being criminally prosecuted for offending a Mulsim woman’s beliefs.
A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.
They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’.
Even if the couple were abusive (always a possibility), they shouldn’t be prosecuted. They would just be jerks. Plus, insulting religion is far from difficult. If offending religious beliefs was universally viewed as a crime, the Pope would have been in jail long ago.
Here’s a link to an article by Richard Dawkins about the incident.