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Boston atheist vows to defy police and display poster stating all religion is fairy stories

by | 20th, June 2012

JOHN Richards, of Boston, Lincolnshire, has been told that he faces arrests if his post decrying relgions as “fairy stories” causes offence. Because anything can cause offence to those who seek it out, Mr Richards is doomed.

According to Lincolnshire Police, the 1986 Public Order Act states that “a person is guilty of an offence if they display a sign which is threatening or abusive or insulting with the intent to provoke violence or which may cause another person harassment, alarm or distress.”

That nonsense is followed by the police’s laughable lines:

“This is balanced with a right to free speech and the key point is that the offence is committed if it is deemed that a reasonable person would find the content insulting.”

No. It’s not a balance to free speech. Free speech demands no balances. Free speech demands reasoned debate. The State and its goons, the police, want to put some views beyond debate. Furthermore, the law patronises believers, portraying them as beings incapable of thinking rationally. Are religious sensibilities so fragile? Is this country so undemocratic that it can shut a man up with such ease?

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