As a Protestant Christian I protest for free speech and against control freakery.
It was Protestant Christianity with its insistence on protest that gave freedom of speech to the British Isles. It is a lack of Christianity that it is taking it away and substituting political correctness in its place, for those who will bow down to its mantras.
Closing down Christian talk in public and in private is not only an affront to freedom of speech but it is cutting off the very branch which bore freedom of speech. Welcome to the Orwellian world we now inhabit.
When I was young, it used to be said that you should not speak about religion, politics and sex in polite company. This has now been curtailed to ‘religion and politics’, because sex is everywhere. The current backlash against the sexual revolution of the 1960s still has some distance to run.
Religion and politics pervade the whole of life, in spite of the mantra that ‘religion and politics don’t mix’, and it is more or less impossible to avoid them in open discussion. In effect, this mantra not to discuss religion and politics in polite company has led to the decline of Christianity in Britain and it has left a vacuum in public debate into which secularism and now islam has stepped. They have done so using our unequal equalities legislation, which puts Christianity at the bottom of its list of ‘competiting equalities’. Canadian clinical psychologist Professor Jordan Peterson explains not only the folly but the danger of seeking equality of outcomes on HARDtalk yesterday. Equality of opportunity is a different subject.
I protest for the restoration of freedom of speech, and I look forward to the day when Christianity will be reintroduced to public debate in Britain. That would put the cat among the pigeons. It is more important than the debate whether to reintroduce the wolf to Scotland. To change the metaphor once more, you won’t miss the water till the well runs dry.
13 Aug 2018: Boris Johnson and the letter box burka debate has become a freedom of speech issue.
13 Feb 2020: freedom of speech is under threat by letting Ofcom police the internet. Faceless censors will be able to shut down potential harm speech! This is contrary to an important decision already made by the UK Supreme Court. Lady Hale, now retired as from being President of the Supreme Court, has already judged that potential harm is an inadequate principle in law.
10 Oct 2020: others are interpreting the modern secular religion as a return to mediaeval practices – excommunication (no platforming), iconoclasm (statues pulled down), witchhunts on social media, indulgences (carbon credits), alchemy (fiat money creation in quantitative easing).