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Scotland’s justice secretary: Dinner table conversations ‘stirring up hatred against Muslims’ must be prosecuted

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Published on: October 30, 2020

Remember, in light of Humza Yousaf’s words, that Muslim groups and their Leftist allies have for over two decades now insisted repeatedly that any honest analysis of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify jihad violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims is “stirring up hatred.” So he is essentially calling for the criminalization even of private conversations that appear to be critical of Islam. If he isn’t roundly criticized and removed from office, it will be another sign of Britain’s imminent demise as a free society.

And remember: most people today carry around a surveillance device with them at all times: a cell phone. Tracking dinner table conversations would be easy.

“Hate crime bill: Hate talk in homes ‘must be prosecuted,’” by Mark McLaughlin, The Times, October 28 2020 (thanks to Eugene Volokh):

Conversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotland’s hate crime law, the justice secretary has said.

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Journalists and theatre directors should also face the courts if their work is deemed to deliberately stoke up prejudice, Humza Yousaf [the Secretary for Justice for Scotland] said.

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill … will introduce an offence of stirring-up of hatred against people with protected characteristics, including disability, sexual orientation and age….

Mr Yousaf … told the Scottish parliament’s justice committee that children, family and house guests must be protected from hate speech…. “Are we comfortable giving a defence to somebody whose behaviour is threatening or abusive which is intentionally stirring up hatred against, for example, Muslims? Are we saying that that is justified because that is in the home? … If your intention was to stir up hatred against Jews … then I think that deserves criminal sanction.”…

Article posted with Robert Spencer

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