Thursday, 15 January 2004


Within the last week, the BBC presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk was heavily rebuked for making 'racist' comments about Arabs. The Muslim Council of Great Britain and the Commission for Racial Equality condemned Mr. Kilroy-Silk for his 'bigoted' views.

Doesn't the 1998 Human Rights Act grant British citizens the right to freedom of expression? If so, why is Kilroy wrong in voicing his opinion? Is it 'wrong' simply because a group of Muslims have demonstrated their offence.

There is NO legal right (nor SHOULD there be) to be free from offence. The notion of offence in itself is VERY subjective. In that sense, it's would be near impossible to legislate against offence. Also, a statement, which labels Arabs as 'limb amputaters' and 'suicide bombers', does NOT violate ANYBODY'S rights within British society. It DOES NOT violate a person's right to person and property OR initiate force or fraud against ANY person.