As some followers of the religions based on the Abrahamic traditions will tell you, God hates gays, though most Christians will tell you that it’s more a case of hating the sin not the sinner. Most of us in the secular world don’t really give a damn and just want to get on with our lives as peacefully as possible. Modern society however has rules about this and although at times they go way too far in protecting certain groups, it also does not allow you to call for the death of anyone on religious grounds or not. With the religion of peace however it tends to be a case of all or nothing so I wasn’t entirely surprised when its followers became the first to fall foul of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, where most of the followers of religions of this type will merely disapprove of a gay lifestyle, only Islam calls for the death penalty these days and has carried it out in that bastion of shariah, democracy and civil liberties, Iran.
Three men have been found guilty of a gay hate crime after handing out leaflets calling for homosexuals to be given the death sentence.
Ihjaz Ali, 42, Kabir Ahmed, 28 and Razwan Javed, 27, were found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
They distributed a leaflet titled Death Penalty? at a mosque and through letterboxes, Derby Crown Court heard
It is the first prosecution of its kind since new laws came into force in 2010.
Sentencing was adjourned until 10 February. Two other men were cleared of the same charge.
All very good and quite right, however…
Why do we need a law about stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation? Surely we already had laws about inciting behaviour, behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace etc? Why should a minority have additional laws to protect them over and above the already existing law of the land. Surely before 2010 had these Islamists posted their leaflets around they’d have been prosecuted just as rigorously?
The law on stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation came into force 3 years after the similar Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, where people could be prosecuted on the basis of insults, an attack on free speech and which was behind the Stephen Lawrence trial in which additional penalties were called for because of the skin colour of the victim, yet strangely enough not in the case of Rhea Page where the police and prosecution went out of their way to deny a racial attack took place despite the cries of the attackers to “kill the white bitch”
It strikes me that in a free and fair society that there should be no special privileges or laws protecting any group, the law should simply be the law and should come down like a ton of bricks on anyone calling for anyone to be hung or on any attack made by any group on another.