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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004



Here's a quote, see if you can guess what law it's referring to:

He said the plans if implemented would be "profound and wide-reaching, and not necessarily that intended".
Give up? Yeah, that's because this can be applied to every law ever passed. Ever. The truly scary thing is that in this case we're talking about a law that will almost certainly restrict speech. Fortunately, for now, this debate is going on in Britain and not here. But, with certain judges citing foreign laws, this is somewhat worrisome. Without further adieu, this is the issue:

Religious jokes 'won't be crime'

David Blunkett has told MPs a new law targeting "incitement to religious hatred" will not curtail free speech.

He said the measure "will not criminalize material just because it stirs up ridicule, prejudice, dislike, contempt or anger".

The plans have come under fire from comedian Rowan Atkinson who is worried that the powers will stop him telling jokes and satirising people's beliefs.
If you even have to say that "jokes won't be a crime," there is a serious problem. This whole thing is indicative of the general thinning of the proverbial skin of society. There used to be a saying that went something like this: Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me. (Likely some kids aren't even taught this saying because it's so horrible violent.) I guess the new saying could go: Whether you break by bones with sticks and stones or just call me names, I'm suein'. I think that's about right.

This all comes back to personal responsibility. Name-calling can only hurt if the butt of the joke lets it. While it's never fun, there is some advantage of being made fun of. Don't believe me? Does anyone out there honestly think that a person would be better off if he/she had never been picked on...ever? The fact is that everyone needs a little toughness to succeed in the world. This is yet another example of Liberals trying to help (remove all hurtful speech) while they are actually doing harm (making people wusses). Too bad they lack sufficient introspection to figure it out. But if they did, what would I blog about?


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