I’m all in favour of this, but i do find the phrase “animal rights terrorist” a bit worrying, along with this goverments decision to treat animal rights activists who oppose factory farming or vivisection, in the same way they treat Al Qaeda. To my knowledge, animal rights activists have never killed anyone, i’m sure they can be very annoying/intimidating if you are a vivisectionsist, and they have your home address or phone number, but they’re hardly in the same league as the Tube Bombers or the IRA????
protecting us or limiting freedoms again? the terminology used is rather wooly and could cover a multitude of non-sins
Does this mean if Stephen Green pops across the channel to stock up on bibles, we can stop him coming back?
Whilst it is tempting to pick on Stephen Green, most of my friends who hold deep Christian convictions are completely embarrassed by him and disown him. The best way to show the world that his views are extreme, unrepresentative and wrong is to allow him to carry on, quite freely, and dig his own hole without any help from us.
Sadly Andy, animal rights activists have killed many people, targeting the homes of employees of research laboratories and their families, attaching explosive devices to their cars etc. We may not like the thought of animal experimentation but like it or not, this has resulted in the creation of life-saving drugs including those that keep 1000′s of gay Britons with HIV alive. So I can well understand the Home Office’s commendable move to restrict them in this way.
Long overdue. I’m glad we’re following Holland’s lead on this one.
as eddie said the Animal rights extremists are scary people and they have carried out bombing campaigns in the UK however I am still uneasy about this new move given that earlier attempts to limit ‘hate speech’ have allowed people to claim that Jews and Homosexuals should be killed.
one target for this legislation will I hope be Mormon missionaries, int he light of the campaign against gay marriage that they have funded inthe US.
good mugabe the pope and lots of other hate preachers are going to be shamed . we talk of free speach no one is free to hate or wish death on others , that is a crime . we are free to disagree or dislike but still with respect .
Oh dear! what about gay Hate preachers who are already here????? We have had enough examples from both the Evangelicals and the Roman Catholics;(not to mention the Mullahs!) does this mean the Arch Homophobe of Rome (AKA The Pope) won;t be allowed in?? I think not.
I hope that includes Nigeria’s Peter Akinola, Mr.Hate himself.
no Mike: the Pope expresses his deeply held religious views and if we discriminate against him then we discriminate against a religious group therefore we fall foul of the law.
Didn’t you know that by saying what you said you could be arrested in The New Britain?
Deeply held religious views? Yes like waging war in the Crusades(against Christians as well as Muslims!), torturing innocent native peoples in south america, supporting slavery, standing by and seeing the Holocaust! Yes Popes have deeply held religious views don’t they!!!