Defend the right to offend…


COMPLAINTS from politicians about offensive banners during parades are par for the course during the summer Here. But rarely do the complaints come from the DUP, and even more rarely are the marches gay pride parades. Nevertheless, East Belfast DUP councillor May Campbell wants to see a curb on the civil liberties of Gay Pride, as she has a problem with how one marcher exercised her right to free expression. The good councillor said “questions must be raised by those funding such events and the Parades Commission should be looking into the need for restrictions on any further parades.” I wonder if DUP Culture Minister Edwin Poots is listening, after all the trouble he went through to ensure the event was funded? Cllr Campbell went on: “Christians all over the province, and indeed, the world will be disgusted by this slur. If such provocative claims were made against Mohammad, Muslims would rightly be up in arms. It is about time those who regulate such public displays clamp down on those continually attacking Christianity and the Christian values of this country.” Perhaps – like a few of Saturday’s marchers – she should just turn the other cheek…

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