Thursday, January 12, 2006

Over to you Voltaire

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, head of the Muslim Council, is under police investigation. He has denounced homosexuality as harmful, he said: "It is not acceptable. Each of our faiths tells us that it is harmful and, I think, if you look into the scientific evidence that has been available in terms of the various forms of other illnesses and diseases that are there, surely it points out that where homosexuality is practised there is a greater concern in that area."

He is being investigated under either the telecommunications laws or the 1986 Public Order Act, which forbids the use of "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress or thereby".

Firstly, I must say I deplore Sir Iqbal's views. But should he be allowed to express such opinions? Part of me says of course he should or freedom of speech and views means nothing. However, what if it had been the BNP saying this? I object to giving them the "oxygen of publicity" and would prefer to see them silenced. Sounds like I'm in danger of being a bit hypocritical here! It will be interesting to see the left's response to this.

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