Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hate is NOT a Crime

I took the tube back out of town
Back to the Rollin' Pin
I felt a little like a dying clown
With a streak of Rin Tin Tin

Well, this lady took the Tube back in to town, after having had too much to drink.   And she has a massive streak of Rin Tin Tin, no doubt.

And now she is going to jail. TO. JAIL. For 21 weeks. For causing "harrassment, alarm, and abuse" to the people who were around her. Hate is not a crime. She didn't assault anybody, she didn't harm anyone. She is an idiot, sure. But nearly half a year in JAIL?

The Brit press is quite supportive, surprisingly. So is the HuffPo, less surprisingly. With only a few exceptions, HuffPo writers would prefer to have the police be in charge of everything that anyone says.

As we hear from the Brit press:  "Condemning her showdown, District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London, said: "Anyone viewing it would feel a deep sense of shame that our citizens could be subject to such behaviour who may, as a consequence, believe that it secretly represents the views of other white people.""

She has to go to jail because she made the judge feel guilty about being white?  When he should jail himself, because he feels guilty about being a moron?

A drunk woman being a loud idiot is unremarkable. An advanced nation jailing citizens for voicing opinions, without physical threats or violent actions, is barbaric. Even if those opinions are "hate." Judge Brandeis had this right: “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927).   (Special bonus points because Brandeis said this in pirate-talk: "Aye, there be time!  Don't punish her.  Expose her to disagreement!  Aarrrrr!")

England chooses enforced silence, even though there was plenty of time to have a conversation about this. True, Ms. Woodhouse will avoid racist rants in the future. Out of the fear of the government and the fact that it has guns and strong-arm thugs to enforce their requirements of obedient silence. NOT because she learned anything, or was educated. But because she is afraid.


Shylock Holmes said...


Britons ought to be feeling a 'deep sense of shame' alright, but it ain't because a drunk woman said stupid things on a train.

Anarcho-tyranny at its finest.

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