We’ve had another successful week at the office! Whilst the rest of the world has started to tear up or tear down the past, under the house of anti-oppression, anti-bigotry … you know … the usual stuff, in Scotland a Bill has been introduced that has been hailed as “the most authoritarian act ever passed in any liberal democracy across the world.” What a gem, eh?!
It has been described by the Catholic bishops as something that could make owning a Bible or a Catechism a civil offence. Genius, or what? The new Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, if passed, is vague and oppressive enough to muzzle all conservative or religious groups on the contentious issues of the day, pertaining particularly to issues around marriage, gender and family.
The Catholic Church in Scotland itself has been the continuing victim of hate crime abuse. For decades. An oppressed minority group, You’d think they’d be fooled into falling for the apparent protections outlined in the legislation. Nope. For decades they’ve had abuse hurled their way, Orange marches and football chants. Even elected representatives have been caught posting anti-Catholic slurs on social media.
Scotland isn’t the nicest place to be Catholic. You would think they’d welcome this new legislation. They see right through it though. It is a way to limit free speech, debate and the right to disagree. It is deliberately vague and open to manipulation for those very reasons.
These days we’re doing such a good job or unravelling the fabric of society. The cancel-culture movement is really taking off on the back of the Black Lives Matter momentum, tearing down Catholic statues and protesting Christian services.
More legislation like this will really constrict the rights of conservatively-minded individuals and organisations to free speech across the globe.
It could be beneficial in helping us silence the Church too. All in the name of a what is seemingly good. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. A Trojan horse. Coming to Ireland soon, too