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Understanding Outlawed

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  • Mathew Morrell
    Our own Rudolph Steiner would have been subject to criminal prosecution under new hate speech legislation being debated this week by the British
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 13, 2005
      Our own Rudolph Steiner would have been subject to criminal
      prosecution under new "hate speech" legislation being debated this
      week by the British government---less than seven days after being
      attacked by Islamic nationals living in England.

      All of us know Rudolph Steiner was a kind, rational human being, who
      did not incite hatred in others, only understanding so that his
      students may become knowledgeable of the world and the historical
      currents shaping our destiny.

      But now, even understanding (when it is expressed outwardly) may
      become illegal in England when that understanding pertains to
      Mohammed or Islam or any "religiously offensive" rhetoric. Free
      speech takes a devastating blow.

      "If passed, the legislation will create a new offense, applying to
      written material and public verbal comments `that are threatening,
      abusive or insulting [and] likely to stir up racial or religious
      hatred.' Anyone convicted under the law could be jailed for up to
      seven years." [CNS News. July 12, 2005.

      This bill---The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill---is being written
      in broad, loose, terms and legal definitions that are almost
      completely organic, meaning they're open to wide interpretation. The
      political climate will control how the law will be interpreted, if

      A stringent interpretation of the law would make the following public
      speech a criminal offense punishable by up to 7 years in prison.

      "And what the apocalyptist saw behind the future scenes of the
      looming Mohammdan historical impulse was the sun demon at work,
      working against the sun forces, against the spiritual sun-
      intelligence." [The Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest,
      by Rudolph Steiner.]

      But England's hate speech legislation is not original, or even
      unique. France, Canada, and Italy have used hate speech legislation
      for years in order to imprison Christians "speaking offensively" of
      Islam or Mohammed.
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