Britain once fought a war for freedom of speech and expression.
Evidently we lost it!
That at least must be the conclusion drawn by an unnamed 15 year old, who is facing prosecution by Nanny's "finest" from the City of London police.
Was he a hoodie?
Did he mug someone?
Was he taking drugs?
He used a "banned" word on a placard at a protest.
Yes, please note there is an "L" and no "N" in it!
Why is this word so evil?
Ah well you see he was using it to describe the Church of Scientology, when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of "Church".
Officers have confiscated the placard, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10. The police decided that the word "CULT" was "abusive and insulting".
I can think of far more abusive and insulting words...can you children?
Ian Haworth, from the Cult Information Centre which provides advice for victims of cults and their families, said:
"This is an extraordinary situation. If it wasn't so serious it would be farcical. The police's job is to protect and serve. Who is being served and who is being protected in this situation? I find it very worrying.
Scientology is well known to my organisation, and has been of great concern to me for 22 years. I get many calls from families with loved ones involved and ex-members who are in need of one form of help."
Now why would the City of London police get so upset by this description of the Scientology "Church"?
Could it be the fact that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, have accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology?
Could it be the fact that the City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening of its headquarters in 2006.
Could it be that last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents?
Only a cynic would suggest that the police have a less than arms length relationship with this "religion".
By the way, in case you were wondering the group was founded by the science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1952, and espouses the idea that humans are descended from an exiled race of aliens called Thetans.
Nice to see that some people are allowed freedom of speech and expression, whilst others are not!
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