A new bill is being put fourth in the British Parliament that would expand current hate speech law from the Internet to your home. The hate speech laws in the UK already cover the ability to arrest someone over a Tweet. People have been arrested for alleged “hate speech” on Twitter before. And this bill would open that kind of law enforcement to your home.
Conversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotland’s hate crime law, the justice secretary has said.
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.”
We’ve seen this before in history. But we seem to think that the road to hell isn’t paved with good intentions. This trend in ever increasing authoritarian measures over the guise of protecting you has only increased during the pandemic. And with the recent attacks in Paris just before more extensive lockdowns across Europe, the last 100 years has taught us that these patterns of societal change never bode well for our future.