The Corner

Nobody Expects the British Inquisition

In crime-ridden England, Her Majesty’s Constabulary nevertheless have time to send two coppers round to the home of a 67-year old wife of a Baptist minister who made the mistake of complaining about the Gay Pride parade:

’I’ve never been in any kind of trouble before so I was stunned to have two police officers knocking at my door,’ she said.

’Their presence in my home made me feel threatened. It was a very unpleasant experience.

’The officers told me that my letter was thought to be an intention of hate but I was expressing views as a Christian…’

The two police officers later turned up at her home in Poringland, near Norwich, and informed her the contents of her letter had caused offence.

Can’t have that, can we? As John O’Sullivan likes to say, the British police are now the paramilitary wing of the Guardian.

As to “an intention of hate,” strange how the “pre-crime” language of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi dystopia now passes almost without notice. In my testimony to the Canadian House of Commons the other week, I said:

Ian Fine, the senior counsel of the CHRC, has declared that the commission is committed to the abolition of hatred—not hate crimes, not hate speech, but hate. Hate is a human emotion; it beats, to one degree or another, in every breast. It is part of what it means to be human… and when the alternative is a coercive government bureaucracy regulating what you can say… you are no longer free.

If some uptight gran’ma doesn’t dig the godless sodomites, what’s the big deal? Is she supposed to be a Stepford Wife and just stand there as the parade passes by with a glassy-eyed stare? The conformity enforcers of ”tolerance” and “diversity” are growing ever more explicitly totalitarian.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.