You will be tolerant or else!

The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom is in effect a Minister of the Interior. The present incumbent of this office is Teresa May. She will introduce legislation which will ban people and groups who actively promote intolerance. It sounds odd to me and even odder when the Prime Minister claims that we have been a passively tolerant society for too long.

It is in the nature of tolerance to be passive; active tolerance is a concept that I do not understand and would be glad if someone can explain it. It now seems that we will have laws that will make it an offence to be intolerant. That means we will not tolerate intolerance.

There are more than enough laws to prevent the dissemination of hated of ethnic groups or people of a particular sexuality. Law requiring people and groups to be tolerant sounds is the first step to a highly intolerant society.

6 Responses

  1. “There are more than enough laws to prevent the dissemination of hated of ethnic groups or people of a particular sexuality.” By what measure are there enough?

    • See https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/types-of-discrimination
      The Equality Act 2010 makes it against the law to discriminate against people in the work place
      Also see
      The Equal Pay Act (as amended)
      The Sex Discrimination Act (as amended) 1975
      The Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended)
      The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
      The Human Rights Act 1998
      The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
      The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
      The Equality Act (Sexual orientation) Regulations 2006
      The Gender Recognition Act 2004
      The Civil Partnership Act 2004
      Employment Equality (Age) Regulations October 2006
      Work and Families Act 2006
      Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
      Racist and religious crime – the legislation
      Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (as amended)
      Enhanced sentencing powers for racially or religiously aggravated offences
      Incitement to Racial Hatred – Part III Public Order Act 1986
      Stirring up Religious Hatred – Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
      Racialist chanting at football matches – Section 3 Football Offences Act 1991 (as amended)

      To name but a few.

    • Isn’t the only measure that matters the one that asks “do we still have discrimination?”

  2. I think asking “do we still have discrimination” misses Rob’s point. If we want a fair society we should be tolerant of others’ views but, in my view, a fair society should not criminalise someone who takes a moral or ethical stand or simply does not like any individual or group and says so.

    Theoretically, in future, we might be imprisoning newspaper editors who consistently demonise Putin or Russians. Or what about peadophiles? Will we not be allowed to speak out against them.

    What about a gay islamic terrorist? (I understand there are many) What will be allowed to say about him/her?

    In my view repression of free speech only leads to worse violence and undermining of a free society

  3. sorry, paedophiles

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