I am becoming increasingly worried about events related to freedom of speech in the UK.
You are probably all aware of the controversy over 'Fitna' - the anti-islamic film by Geert Wilders. Mr. Wilders was due to attend a showing of his film in the house of Lords, a showing which went ahead despite attempts by the Muslim peer Lord Ahmed to disrupt proceedings by threatening to mobilise '10,000' muslims. Mr. Wilders himself - an elected European politician - was not allowed to enter the UK, presumably because the government was paranoid that some muslims might get angry.
More recently, the Westboro Baptist Church were also banned from entering, denying the British people the golden opportunity to display our contempt for these moronic bigots.
Firstly, I am insulted that the government thinks so little of my intelligence that it should prevent me from coming into contact with homophobic bigotry lest I get caught up in the moment and decide to go and beat up some gays, and muslims should also be insulted that the government believes them to be such reactionary, childish and violent thugs, that it needs to stop them from seeing things that might upset them (unless of course they're right about that?).
But also I find it disturbing that the government show such casual disregard for the value of freedom of speech. Also disturbing is the degree of support these actions have received from so-called 'liberals'. Not that such things really bother me, but this has not done much for our image abroad.
What's to be done?