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Opening Arguments

Adding injury to insult

Give thanks that freedom of speech is still valued on this side of the pond (at least outside college campuses):

A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word "cult" to describe the Church of Scientology.

The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.

[. . .]

The decision to issue the summons has angered human rights activists and support groups for the victims of cults.

[. . .]

The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10. Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous, who were outside the church's £23m headquarters near St Paul's cathedral, were banned by police from describing Scientology as a cult by police because it was "abusive and insulting".

Can you imagine if writing "abusive and insulting" blog posts in this country were prosecuted, how little time there would be for authorities to handle other crimes?


Bob G.
Thu, 05/22/2008 - 7:38am

Leo, the mind truly boggles at that thought.