I went to Speakers Corner on Sunday for one reason. Because others could not.
Two enthusiastic young people known for their outspoken views were barred from entering the U.K. and held in a detention centre.
One was German, the other American. The reason? To prevent future hate speech as yet unsaid, silenced to avoid offending local communities in the U.K.
Another — a young Canadian — was hauled off a bus at Calais, detained and deported.
Her crime? Making fun of Islam during a previous visit to the U.K. She questioned, "Is Allah gay?"
A fourth met the same treatment — detained at the airport in the UK and deported. His crime? He had a copy of the speech for Speakers Corner in his bag — a speech that was going to be delivered by Tommy Robinson the next day in Hyde Park.
Now you may say you hate Tommy Robinson. Perhaps you can’t stand him? And you may have good reason.
I’m not trying to change your mind. Frankly, I am not universally loved either.
But I am very clear:
I did not go to Speakers Corner to defend freedom of speech...
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