I am feeling somewhat relieved tonight, at the news that the couple of Christian guest house keepers who were accused of "a religiously aggravated offense" have been acquitted of all charges.
A 60 year-old woman, a recent convert to Islam, had an altercation with the proprietors of a guest house she was staying in. There was some sort of argument about her religion. When things did not go her way, this young woman decided to call in the police, who in typical heavy handed fashion, decided to treat a private conversation as a religiously motivated hate crime. Well, the judge in the case threw it out. A lot of public money has been wasted. Two people have been treated as criminals for apparently stating the obvious, which is that Islam is a religion that oppresses women. My own opinion, reading between the lines, is that this Muslim woman wanted revenge at losing an argument. Quite extraordinary that there are people capable of so much venom.
As always in these cases there are two sides to a story, but what is quite clear is that officials in this country now wish to stifle freedom of speech. It is clear, from the public prosecutors that they believed they had a reasonable prospect of a prosecution, but of what? Did they really think they can prosecute people for voicing opinions?