|Originally posted by hissy
Freedom of Speech does not apply to them. They are in England under a different law.
The European Convention on Human Rights has become part of British Law and The European Convention on Human Rights guarantees freedom of speech.
The convention was in fact drafted in the post WWII years, largely by British Lawyers, with the specific intent of keeping would be authoritarian governments from suppressing human rights under the guise of state security and integrity.
An excerpt from the house of Lords:
"We note that the Government have previously stated that they do not intend to restrict the longstanding tradition of rights to freedom of speech in Britain, and people will remain able to criticise religion or religious practices."
I don't recall that, Freedom of speech is a "phenomenon" restricted only to America, or Americans.
I appreaciate the difficulties in legally binding the ethics behind 'freedom of speech', but be sure that the right to speak freely, must by it's nature embrace the right to agree and disagree in public, even though inevitably there will be those who do not like what they hear.
We should not be concerned with the content of religious beliefs or ideologies, but forms of abuse and violence and misconduct against individuals or groups who in general hold beliefs. And this includes your right to your opinions, and my right to my opinions, which i might add is the purpose and intent of this particular forum.
I don't agree with what the Magnificent 19 say, but I can agree that they have a right to say it.