Tyler Durden reports that the recent Scottish efforts at self government seem to indicate that complete Independence would be a really bad idea.
Scotlandâ€™s new odious hate crime bill would go so far as to criminalize dinner table conversations if their â€˜offensiveâ€™ content is reported to police.
â€œConversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotlandâ€™s hate crime law,â€ reports the Times.
Such conversations were previously protected under the Public Order Act 1986, which includes a â€œdwelling defenseâ€ that shields conversations that take place in private homes from being prosecuted, however that would be removed under the new law.
The new bill would add an additional crime of â€œstirring up hateâ€ against a protected group by â€œbehaving in a threatening or abusive manner, or communicating threatening or abusive material to another person,â€ as well as the crime of possessing â€œinflammatory material.â€
Critics have argued that the vague term â€œstirring up hateâ€ could be broadly interpreted and could lead to people like JK Rowling facing criminal charges and up to seven years in prison for expressing views about transgender issues.
It also has dire implications for comedy and freedom of speech, given that anyone could choose to take offense to anything and complain that they have experienced â€œhate.â€
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said journalists, writers and theater directors could also be dragged into the courts if their work is deemed to have stirred up â€œprejudice.â€