Scotland’s new heinous hate crimes bill would go so far as to criminalize dinner-table conversations if their ‘offensive’ content is reported to the police.
“Conversations around the table which incite hatred should be prosecuted under the Scottish Hate Crimes Act,” reports The Times.
These conversations were previously protected under the Public Order Act 1986, which includes a “housing defense” which prevents conversations that take place in private homes from being prosecuted, but which would be removed in September. under the new law.
The new bill would add an additional crime of “inciting hatred” 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 possession of “incendiary material. “
Critics have argued that the vague term ‘stoking hatred’ could be interpreted broadly and could lead people like JK Rowling to face criminal charges and up to seven years in prison for expressing opinions on the crimes. transgender issues.
It also has dire consequences for comedy and free speech, as anyone can choose to take offense at anything and complain about having experienced “hate”.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said journalists, writers and theater directors could also be taken to court if their work is deemed to have generated “prejudice”.
To get a feel for Yousaf’s mentality, he previously gave a speech to the Scottish Parliament in which he complained that the vast majority of high-level positions in Scottish authorities were held by whites.
Demographically, Scotland is 96% white.
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