The City of London Police have backed down amid international outrage over their arrest and prosecution of a 15 year for peacefully expressing the belief that Scientology is a cult. I had blogged about here right before the police backed down.
The reasons given beggar belief:
A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said: “In consultation with the City of London Police, we were asked whether the sign was abusive or insulting.
“Our advice is that it is not abusive or insulting and there is no offensiveness (as opposed to criticism), neither in the idea expressed nor in the mode of expression.”
Putting aside the interesting question about how a placard could be abusive, and the fact that the international ridicule likely was a mitigating factor, reasoning here is appalling.
So in London one can only express an opinion if it is not insulting or offensive. And who is to determine what is insulting or offensive? Why the government of course.
That’s not how a truly free society works.