World Humanis Congress 2014
|The only possible basis for a sound morality is mutual tolerance and respect: tolerance of one another's customs and opinions; respect for one another's rights and feelings; awareness of one another's needs.|
A J Ayer, The Humanist Outlook, 1968
Freedom of expression challenged by new law
The National Secular Society has joined together with religious groups and civil liberties campaigners to launch a new campaign Feel free to annoy me to challenge Government proposals to outlaw "annoying" behaviour. The sweeping new anti-social behaviour law threatens to undermine a wide range of free expression within the public sphere.
The proposed new law is contained in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. Clause 1 of the bill introduces "Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance" (IPNAs), which seek to suppress anything deemed to be potentially "annoying", however vague the justification. IPNAs will replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), which had been introduced under the Labour government.
The Gospels actually taught this: Before you kill somebody, make absolutely sure he isn't well connected.