Britain has vowed to take a serious stand against speech they find offensive and punish the perpetrators of the "online hate crime" epidemic that has hurt one too many feelings, according to LifeSiteNews.
Arguing that hate speech online typically leads to hate crimes, Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), wrote in The Guardian that all speech "whether shouted or tweeted" will come under legal scrutiny. Saunders says the measure could provide a helpful template for "how societies might do more to prevent such opinions from gestating in the first place."
Without defining what constitutes an actual "hate crime" online, which could range from something as volatile as writing vulgar messages on someone's Facebook wall or as frivolous as sharing an article about the psychological dangers of transgenderism, Saunders vows that the CPS "commits to treat online hate crimes as seriously as those committed face to face."
The CPS defines a hate crime as follows: "any criminal offense which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice."
Key word in that definition is "perceived," and in the age of microagressions and trigger-warnings, people trained to get offended by just about anything can "perceive" that so much as calling someone "sweetheart" constitutes sexual harassment. Just ask Ashley Judd.
The hate crimes CPS plans also include several "different strands" like "racist and religious; disability; and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic." For "biphobic" hate crimes, which apparently targets the bisexual, a special assessment must be made as it manifests itself differently than standard, bible-throwing homophobia.
Worried about loss of free speech? Worry not, says Saunders, who boasted of "crucial provisions in law to ensure we do not stifle free speech, an important right in our society."
"With more than 15,000 hate crime prosecutions in 2015-16, prosecutors are now increasingly able to persuade courts that stiffer 'uplifted' sentences are warranted," Saunders continued. "This year’s hate crime report, when published later this year, will show for the first time that the CPS achieved sentence uplifts in more than half of such cases."
"Hate crime of any form is not only damaging for individuals but also for society as a whole, where it sows seeds of division and intolerance," she concluded. "Left unchallenged, even low-level offending can subsequently fuel the kind of dangerous hostility that has been plastered across our media in recent days. That is why countering it is vital for society and a priority for the CPS."
LifeSite highlights some of the so-called "hate crimes" Britain has protected the public against:
A number of Christian street preachers have been arrested in the UK for expressing their views on homosexuality and "challenging Muslims." In Scotland earlier this year, a preacher was jailed overnight for answering a homosexual teen's question about the Bible. One Catholic hermit was arrested and charged with harassment for distributing pamphlets against abortion and homosexual activity.
This draconian effort to crack down online "hate speech" comes from the country that could not allow two parents to take their ailing son to the United States for medical treatment after raising $1 million to do so.