Losing the freedom to be rude — 2 Comments

  1. This seems like a very difficult law to enforce. Who decides what is ‘grossly abusive’ or what ‘outrage’ is. Surely the more fundamental members of any religion/cult/organisation would be ‘outraged’ by some of the most innocuous criticism. Muslims towards those who criticise the wearing of a hijab in public schools for instance, or Catholics who strongly oppose any pro-abortion lobby. Or in the case of a defence who defines a ‘reasonable’ person?

    This is dangerous legislation in all its forms. Voltaire might have been a freemason but he made a lot of sense.

  2. Censorship should be about protecting vulnerable groups; this law seems to be about protecting the sensibilities of those who are already powerful enough to be ‘outraged’

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