Now the Labour Party is doing the bidding of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other Islamic supremacist groups (and individuals) who are determined to shut down the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any free society. “Labour’s shadow government minister for legal aid, Karl Turner MP, has said that freedom of speech does not include the freedom to ‘generally offend.’”
While Turner does not specifically identify Islam, only Islamic supremacists have been continuously challenging the freedom of speech. Also, Charlie Hebdo was specifically mentioned.” Conservative MP Simon Clarke responded to Turner: “Freedom of speech *precisely* involves the freedom to offend. This is the whole point, from Charlie Hebdo to Voltaire to Rushdie.” To that, Turner shot back: “Of course everyone has the right to freedom of expression, Simon. But that doesn’t mean freedom from the consequences from what they have said.”
The murderous “consequences” of offending Islam are endemic in places such as Pakistan, and this barbarism should be the primary cause of offense to the “Lefty lawyer” Turner, if he has any interest in defending human rights. That barbarism has no place in any democracy, and neither does any group or individual that cannot assimilate to Western culture and respect the rights to offend enshrined in democracy. The Muslims who fight tooth and nail against the freedom of speech are essentially working to force Islamic blasphemy laws upon the West.
“Labour MP Declares Free Speech Does Not Include Freedom to ‘Generally Offend,’” by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, October 13, 2020:
Labour’s shadow government minister for legal aid, Karl Turner MP, has said that freedom of speech does not include the freedom to “generally offend.”
Turner, a self-proclaimed “#LeftyLawyer”, issued his remarkable statement in response to Brexit campaigner turned conservative commentator Darren Grimes defending himself against London police investigating him over an interview in which one of his guests said something offensive.
“Freedom of speech Darren doesn’t afford people the freedom to make racist remarks or generally offend,” the politician declared in a now-deleted tweet, adding: “I shall say nothing further given that you say [the Metropolitan Police] are investigating a complaint.”
The backlash against the lawyer MP was swift and extensive, ranging from members of the public to Members of Parliament.
“Freedom of speech *precisely* involves the freedom to offend. This is the whole point, from Charlie Hebdo to Voltaire to Rushdie,” responded Simon Clarke, the Conservative MP for Middlesborough South and East Cleveland.
“Of course everyone has the right to freedom of expression, Simon. But that doesn’t mean freedom from the consequences from what they have said,” Turner shot back — somewhat alarmingly, given the context of Clarke’s reference to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
“As I understand it, the Police are investigating complaints. And it is right that they should investigate racist behaviour,” Turner insisted.
The Labour MP spent much of the day issuing similar, effectively copy-and-pasting similar responses to multiple accounts, as more and more people including the (in)famously forthright Ricky Gervais weighed in on the controversy — but had little success.
“My great-grandfather had the right to freedom of expression. That he was shot by the government for using it is neither her[e] nor there, apparently,” remarked college lecturer Yuan Yi Zhu acidly, in response to Turner’s claim that freedom of expression “doesn’t mean freedom from the consequences” of exercising it….