Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Islam Attempts Taking Over What You Can and Cannot Say in Private Households in Scotland

Ed.'s note: Humza Yousaf is a Scottish politician who has served as Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 2018. A member of the Scottish National Party, Yousef has been Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Pollok since 2016. Yousaf became the first non-white and first Muslim member of the Scottish Government when he was appointed as a minister in 2012. Yousaf is the son of immigrants who arrived in the UK during the 1960s: his mother came from Kenya and his father from Pakistan. Can readers see where this is going? The state can step into your home and stop you from having objective and rational conversations with your family members. This is an assault on the family. And if you discuss Islam inside your home in a negative light? What does Yousef plan on doing? Sending police into private homes? 

Source: Yahoo News

Scottish Bill Would Criminalize 'Hate Speech' in Private Homes

National Review | October 29, 2020

A controversial bill making its way through Scotland's Parliament would criminalize hate speech even if the offending words were uttered in someone's private home.

Members of the Scottish Parliament questioned Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf for the first time on Tuesday about the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, which would establish a new crime, "stirring up hatred."

The legislation criminalizes hate speech relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, and variations in sex characteristics, including potentially hate speech spoken in private residences.

After criticism from groups saying the bill threatens to stifle free speech, Yousaf agreed to amend the legislation when it reaches stage two of consideration in Parliament. The amendment will stipulate that offenders may only be prosecuted if they had "intent" to stir up hatred. Yousaf also agreed to again examine protections for free speech in the bill.

"I'm very actively considering both the breadth and the depth of freedom-of-expression clauses," the justice secretary said. "We have to be aware of some of the concerns that may be expressed if we were to have a generic freedom-of-expression clause, would that be specific enough to give people the reassurances that they desire?" 

Several groups have sounded the alarm over the new legislation, including BBC Scotland, Catholic bishops, the Humanist Society of Scotland, and the Scottish Police Federation.

Glasgow Tory MSP Adam Tomkins, who is convener of the justice committee, cautioned during his questioning of Yousaf that the bill may take censorship of speech too far.

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