- 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.