Scientology case dropped
Charges against a teenage anti-Scientology demonstrator have been dropped, the BBC reports.
The CPS are denying that they advised the City of London Police that the sign carried by the teenager which said “Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult” constituted an “an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986”.
So were the police misinformed, mistaken, or simply lying? We may well find out, because Liberty are considering action. Their legal director James Welch said:
At last an outbreak of common sense; but pretty worrying for free speech that the police even threatened this young man with prosecution.
They may have ended their inquiries into this tawdry incident but rest assured that Liberty’s inquiry will continue. Democracy is all about clashing ideas and the police should protect peaceful protest, not stifle it.
(Hat tip Bartholomew)