Free speech in peril – Extremism Disruption Orders

So the Telegraph tells us today that an MP has answered contact from a constituent by telling them that free speech is protected by the new Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs). He is quoted as saying in the article (Link) [my emphasis added]:

“He wrote: “I believe that everybody in society has a right to free speech and to express their views without fear of persecution.

The EDOs will not serve to limit but rather to guarantee it: it is those who seek to stop other people expressing their beliefs who will be targeted.

“Let me give you an example, one which lots of constituents have been writing about – talking about gay marriage in schools.”

He went on to insist that Christians with traditional views on marriage are “perfectly entitled to express their views” but suggests it could constitute “hate speech” in some contexts.

“The new legislation specifically targets hate speech, so teachers will still be free to express their understanding of the term ‘marriage’, and their moral opposition to its use in some situations without breaking the new laws.

“The EDOs, in this case, would apply to a situation where a teacher was specifically teaching that gay marriage is wrong.”

So hang on a minute… You’re saying “The EDOs will not serve to limit but rather to guarantee it [free speech]: it is those who seek to stop other people expressing their beliefs who will be targeted.” and cannot see the irony that it is YOU who is preventing free speech – the government itself! What he has said there simply is not true, nor is it safe to assume that is how the orders will be used. Why would they be? A government with the power to introduce any law it feels like, and then use an order (not a trial before peers, I might add) to prevent you disagreeing with it. This is classic Statism, classic Communism – we should all be very concerned about this.

While the queen retains what she claims is her ‘Divine right to rule‘, you and I who believe in God’s Word, are going to be prevented from speaking the truth by her very government.

I’ll end with a quote from the Secular society from the same article, above [my emphasis added]:

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society said: “If EDOs really could be used to prevent teachers from talking about same-sex marriage, unless they are inciting violence, they are an even greater threat to freedom of expression than I had feared.

“To suggest that EDOs guarantee freedom of expression [as Mark Spencer suggests] is not just inaccurate, it is the opposite of the truth; they are the largest threat to freedom of expression I have ever seen in Britain.

“The spreading of hatred is far too vague a concept to be the basis of legal sanctions, and would be worryingly open to misuse, particularly by ideological opponents.”

And this is from a man who’s organisation supports gay marriage.

I have expressed my views on the Law of Moses before, but I’ll expand a little on it here. The Christian churches are very much to blame for the loss of our moral compass, and for where we find ourselves today. They have wanted, and continue to, pick and choose what they want to believe, and pass on to their congregations.

They want to say that homosexuality is wrong whilst making ham sandwiches for the church fete. They want to say that adultery is a sin, but have abandoned God’s Sabbath.

They have craved to nail whichever parts of the law seem onerous to them to Christ’s cross, on behalf of the flock they pastor. Yet God’s laws are nothing as compared to the numeousness of man’s laws, which he has put in it’s place, and which now keep changing by the wind of man’s morals, which blow around like the sands of the desert.

No wonder we are expected as Christians to bend ourselves to these winds of doctrine – we have thrown away God’s law, and yet decided to keep those parts which we feel are important – to God it is all important.

God Bless you

Lis

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