On why Peter Tatchell is a national treasure

Mr Holes is obviously homophobic and should not be insulting people with his anti-gay tirades. He should be challenged and people should protest against his intolerance. However, in a democratic, free society it is wrong to prosecute him. Criminalisation is not appropriate.

The price of freedom of speech is that we sometimes have to put up with opinions that are objectionable and offensive.

Just as people should have the right to criticise religion, people of faith should have the right to criticise homosexuality. Only incitements to violence should be illegal.

Now of course everyone should hold such a view of the matter but Mr. Tatchell is one of the few in public life who have repeatedly expressed this clearly and obviously correct view of freedom and liberty.

Bugger standing for the Greens in Oxford, we want a peerage for this man!

(Sadly the Number 10 Petitions site will not take nominations for honours).

8 thoughts on “On why Peter Tatchell is a national treasure”

  1. He wasn’t so keen on standing for freedom and liberty for all back in the days when he was interrupting religious services, was he?

  2. “Bugger standing for the Greens in Oxford”

    Oo-er, sounds a bit rude.

    But yes, I agree. Tatchell has been consistently sound in recent years, standing for human rights regardless of abuse from right or left (for some of the latter, see the responses on Comment is Free when he writes about Iran).

  3. A peerage? Just because he’s not particularly totalitarian?

    I say “particularly” because “Only incitements to violence should be illegal” still seeks to restrain freedom of speech. He also criticised the Oxford Union for giving a platform to Nick Griffin and David Irving. He is, as you say, generally fairly sound, but he’s still a lefty eco-nut.

  4. “Mr Holes is obviously homophobic”

    What an unfortunate name.

    I wonder if there is any causation between Mr Holes’s view and the fact that he is called “Mr Holes”.

    How on earth would one draw him, for a start?…

  5. Who is Mr Holes, is he one of the characters the pc brigade forced Roger Hargreaves to remove from his magnificent ouvre?

    As for Mr Tatchell, let’s not dwell upon his past transgressions but rather celebrate his apparent conversion to the path of righteousness. He has, after all, given us a most useful tool of chastisment should he ever stray again – his own words.

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