Silly news story highlights problems with laws about causing offence →

July 5th, 2012

John Richards was advised [by police] that putting up a poster at his Vauxhall Road home denouncing religions as ‘fairy stories’ could be an offence under the Public Order Act.

How did the police get involved in this in the first place? The 1986 Public Order Act is certainly a scary piece of law, with lots of room for abuse.

The 1986 Public Order Act states that a person is guilty of an offence if they display a sign which is threatening or abusive or insulting with the intent to provoke violence or which may cause another person harassment, alarm or distress.

How can we really be that responsible for the sensitivity of others?

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