England’s Crown Prosecution Service will now criminally charge people who say bad things about Scientology, which is viewed by some people as a dangerous cult. Anyone can be arrested if they ‘abuse’ or ‘threaten’ the Church of Scientology under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.
This announcement follows the arrest of a 15-year-old teen who called Scientology a cult outside of its headquarters in London last summer.
Not only is this move part of a worldwide movement to criminalize criticism of religion, it is another sign of the rapid decline of free speech rights and civil liberties in England, here and here and here.
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