freedom of speech

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Petition to UK Parliament

Basic Human Right To Free Speech In UK

Let us push for the British Government whether they be right wing or left, to give the people of The United Kingdom more basic human rights. Starting with "A Basic Right To Free Speech" Let it be said that any politician who opposes more human rights for the people of the nation is not a politician whom you should be voting for, but one you should be voting against.  Today on March 20th 2018, an online comedian by the name of Mark Meechan or "CountDankula" has been sentenced by a judge in Glasgow Crown Court after spending two years defending himself, for the crime of telling an "offensive" joke. This comes just days after two journalists and an activist were detained and banned from the UK, why? for the "crime" of planing to speak at Speakers Corner in London, and the "crime" of planning to interview Tommy Robinson, a journalist and activist. One journalist was permanently banned from the UK under the terrorism act simply for planning to talk to someone. This is not a good look for The United Kingdom nor is it a step in the right direction.  Comedy is now illegal in the UK, joining the likes of facts, statistics, truth and reality. Those who claim to be victims of everything somehow think they will never be victims of their own push for censorship. To those who are offended by speech, It is a lot easier for you to just stop being offended than it is to ask the Government to intervene. 

Free Speech Push UK
85 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Diocese of Perth and the Diocesan Council

Do Not Silence Father Chris Bedding

Father Chris Bedding is a priest, an activist, and a comedian. In all three of these roles, he is a positive social influence. His parish has blossomed into a supportive, living community, and his work for the rights of refugees and LGTBQI people is as commendable as it is tireless. He has, however, currently been removed from his parish due to a single complaint about his social media usage, and the perceived content of his onstage performances. He has been denied the right of reply, and treated poorly. It is a shabby state of affairs that this excellent priest is being censored for creating innovative art. It is also a shameful waste of the limited time and resources available to a Church department principally set up to assist survivors of sexual abuse. As a comedian, Father Chris is funny, perceptive, creative, thoughtful – and through Pirate Church, a great provider of insight into the Christian faith, as well as the amusing day-to-day minutiae of parish life. Pirate Church has taken elements of the Anglican Church to audiences that would never have encountered its theology or practice, and made both accessible and interesting. It is more amusing than The Pearly Gates comic strip that used to run in the Anglican Messenger; more insightful than The Vicar of Dibley and unlike Rowan Atkinson’s procession of incompetent clergymen, Father Chris’s performances are not rooted in the stumbling, bumbling “good evening, Vicar” of English farce. Father Chris is a man whose onstage work reflects the living, breathing modern Church. It is unique, and is arguably the best contemporary representation of modern Christianity to be seen on any stage. (Jesus Christ Superstar, is, after all, looking a little creaky.) As members of the Arts community, and people of diverse faith, sexuality and gender, we are honoured to have him as a peer. We maintain that Father Chris has been removed from his parish as part of a secretive, misguided and cruel process, and we petition the Administrator and the Diocesan Council to reinstate him immediately. Art is subjective, but to see such a vital community voice struck down over an interpretation of art is sickening.

John Robertson
2,552 supporters