13 April 2010

Blighty and bluchers

The Times | David Leppard | Met allows Islamic protesters to throw shoes

Scotland Yard has bowed to Islamic sensitivities and accepted that Muslims are entitled to throw shoes in ritual protest — which could have the unintended consequence of politicians or the police being hit.

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“The court accepted that the earlier shoe-throwing incident was simply a ritual form of protest and therefore not a criminal act of violence,” Holt said.

Judge Denniss agreed that the act of shoe-throwing should not be considered in a charge of violent disorder against the student because it was “a symbolic” political gesture.
I don't know whether to be disgusted at England's capitulation and retreat from the Rule of Law, or move there, hide out in a forrest wearing a silly green hat, and start shooting arrows at sheriffs and tax collectors. It would be a "symbolic political gesture" and obviously not an act of violence after all.

Look, I can sympathize attacking government leaders and their footmen.  But don't hide behind some lame excuse of being a peaceful, benevolent protestor from misunderstood foreign culture culture.  Stand behind your actions.  If you feel strongly enough about someone that you think it's okay to hit them with potentially painful things then you should feel strongly enough to accept the consequences.  If you don't feel that way then at least throw some flip-flops, or ballet slippers or just get a blog and rant, like I do.

(Via JamulBlog)

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