October 20, 2005


Mockery is good for the faithful, says Carey (Andrew Sparrow, 21/10/2005, Daily Telegraph)

Muslims and members of other religions should get used to being mocked, the former Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Lord Carey of Clifton said he passionately believed it was good for members of a religion to have their faith criticised on certain occasions.

Speaking as a member of an all-party group of peers opposing the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, Lord Carey said he wanted to live in a society where people were sensitive to the feelings of others.

"But in being sensitive, what we mustn't do is create a society in which certain stories are not told," Lord Carey told a news conference. [...]

Rowan Atkinson, the comedian, told the journalists that if the Government's Bill were passed, it would not be used against someone as high-profile as himself.

"It is the little person I fear for. I worry about the bloke in the pub, the bloke writing the thesis about Judaism. It is those people who are more likely to be got at," he said.

You're in real trouble when the Anglicans and Mr. Bean have the sensible side of the argument.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2005 10:44 PM

Oh - I thought they were talking about Drew Carey.

Posted by: obc at October 20, 2005 11:28 PM

The C of E is pretty comical these days (what with druids and all), but both men had good points.

Posted by: mikey at October 21, 2005 7:44 AM

This is what cowardice does to a people. Ihe impetus behind this sort of thing is an understanding that the usual exercise of free speech is likely to provoke violence from this of that minority, which the state would be obliged to repress and punish.

Knowing that they lack the resolve to respond to violence directed at free expression, the coward's way out is to forbid the expression.

We should recall that the American law of freedom of expression has expressly rejected this line.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 21, 2005 8:08 AM

It's a third way thing. Instead of limiting speech, you limit 'hate' speech, and fox hunting, and gun ownership. Maybe 'Third Way' really means PC?

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at October 21, 2005 11:03 AM

Provide them financial security and they don't care about that stuff, you can have your boys' club.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 11:37 AM

Pay the Danegelt and like it, right? You're right, we're too stupid to see that as a win.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 21, 2005 12:33 PM

You pay it, no?

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 12:40 PM

That's not enough for you, no?

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 21, 2005 1:01 PM

No. I want my money back, thus privatization and vouchers. You'd prefer to just whine.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 3:58 PM

Your money? You're a tax eater, oj.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 21, 2005 4:59 PM

Yes, I'd like to be able to hand that money off to my progeny.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 5:04 PM