Today there have been two interesting stories about people expressing their opinions being reprimanded for doing so.
The first is the example of Dutch politician Geert Wilders who has been stopped at Heathrow and refused entry to the UK. He holds inflammatory opinions and has often made remarks claiming Islam is purely a religion of violence. Whether you agree or disagree with his opinions is not the issue, the question is whether the UK should attempt to police his opinions and refuse him entry simply for holding them.
The second is this example of a 5 year old girl who has been told not to speak about God to others in her class.
Mrs Cain, a part-time receptionist at Landscore Primary School in Crediton, claimed that her daughter was upset after being reprimanded by her teacher for talking about “God and heaven” and had been warned not to talk about “Jesus” again…
[The Headteacher of the school,] Mr Read said: “This is not an issue about Christianity, it is about religious intolerance.
“Jasmine told another pupil ‘if you don’t believe in God you’re going to go to hell’.
“The girl was upset and her teacher asked me for advice about what to do.
“Jasmine was told it is not OK to say that, but it is OK to discuss what you believe with others.”
So lets get this straight: A 5-year old says “If you don’t believe in God you are going to hell” – and that is not OK. The 5 year olds opinion is ‘censored’
But discussing her beliefs is ok – “I believe that if you don’t believe in God you are going to hell” – presumably that would be ok?
Of course the 5 year old has something to learn about tact, but is censoring her the right way to go about it? What is people’s problem with other people telling them things that they don’t beleive in anyway? Surely people need to be less touchy.