disclaimer*** Not a license for bashing any leaders falsely, or anyone for that matter.That is slander .Truth and facts on deviant behaviour of a leader not hate is what we should speak.
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And Welcome the New Police To Curb Hate Speech – You, The Citizen!!
Insecurity, Rape, Robbery and Murder fill our societies day by day .People pursue these issues to the courts and police .How many of these cases get solved ?
With long bureaucracy and corruption of society that is characteristic of the halls of justice, very few. Now comes a new force to curb hate speech and other ills : the people.
The National Cohesion Commission have been mandated to check on “hate speech ” .However they cannot prosecute, they only recommend.
So far they have nabbed some ineerant fellows for spewing these hateful words only one could guess what they are. They have encouraged Kenyans
to report any leader spreading hatred or inciting on religious ,political or ethnic grounds.
There is no problem in curbing hatred. If there is anything that is so prevalent in our society today, it has to be Hatred. With a society driven by greed and selfishness hate for neighbour is common and families are breaking down day by day because of hate. Not to forget, hateful words in 2007 made Kenya burn.So Yes, they should curb hatred,it is evil.
What I find strange is they have given no proper definition of hate speech . Gossip and Back biting is hate speech to me as far as see its nature .Should I report all whisperers I hear or assume to be haters of some group? Abusing someone is hate speech is it not. But what about truth, is reality spoken and written hate speech ?
A peak into history answers Yes , truth can be hate speech ,or has been branded, hate speech.
HATE SPEECH: A NEW WORD FOR AN OLD “CRIME”
In the Old Testament the true prophets of doom and gloom, were deemed anti peace when they predicted evil because of the evil ways of the people.
They , the true prophets of God ,were politically incorrect but spiritually correct ,but they were jailed, beaten and even murdered.
Jesus was falsely accused of speaking blasphemy and treason against Caesar .But how could Jesus win the case when the accusers, who were the main recipients of ‘his words about their wickedness and hypocrisy, were also the judges and overtook the supreme judge, Pilate with inconsistent evidence of hate speech or as it is really called, blasphemy?
After Jesus ascending into heaven and endowing his apostles with the power of the Holy Spirit, it was their preaching that got them into trouble. The Religious leaders claimed that whenever they preached about Jesus they were calling them , the leaders, murderers. According to our laws today, that is hate speech. The Apostles response was that they were preaching the word of God and would rather obey God than man.
So in essence Christianity at that time spread because of SPEECH and they died because of refusing to recant their speech about faith in Jesus Christ. They were falsely accused of treason, that is a political crime against the State because of talking and SPEAKING about another King, other than Caesar. In short Christians were deemed criminals, wrongly for they did not wrong against anyone but preach Jesus and follow his sayings which were deemed treasonous and State crime.
Well the Catholic church was formed and Christians were no longer criminals because of their speech. However the hate speech crime was combined with heresy and since the Catholic church
was the State Church at the time, heresy was not just false doctrine but a state crime. And since the State does not punish with God’s vengeance, the Catholic church though calling
itself, God’s house, punished heretics with State vengeance – death penalty.
So the Inquisition and Counter Reformation were legal and their cruel punishment on Protestants according to Roman Catholic Law was legal because they committed hate speech, speaking against the Pope and his institution was equivalent to speaking against Caesar and the State even though the accused had valid charges against the church based on God’s Holy word.
In short ,the word of God was deemed hate speech or the interpretation of the Protestants ,which was true, was criminal .A truth teller, was a criminal.
LIBEL AND SLANDER
As the Holy Roman Empire fizzled away , The English Kingdom arose with its Common Law system. Though they also had Ecclesiastical courts which dealt with blasphemy, a new trend took shape. The secular leadership was tyrannical with the nobles and merchants oppressing the Middle Class and lower casts. So many expressed their hatred towards them which always led to conflicts.To control the justified anger against oppression, the Libel law was introduced.
So Blashpemy secularised is libel, though slander as always existed as a sin and evil in society since Old testament times. It is just that the crime was defined and shaped into legal standards.
Anyone who spoke libel that is anything against another that lowered his reputation was deemed a slanderer .
There is no objection to the evil of slander and false accusation. The problem is that these laws can be and have been misused to silence those who have the truth about something.
Such a law is not useful where the State is tyrannical and a dictatorship because speaking against injustice will be seen as hate speech. Again I ask, should truth be called hate speech ?
This in no way minimizes the impact of hateful speech which should be curbed. My issue is that definitions are many ,and one can brand truth as hate speech for his gain.
RAMIFICATIONS FOR TODAY
The fact that such laws are being popularised increases the chances of intolerance and not tolerance because people will be bottling their feelings and words which must bear fruit in the end.
Moreover, it is the easiest way to create a Spy-state where citizens will be busy spying on their neigbours speech and messages in the name of curbing hate speech.
Anyway , many people do not care and do not bother with what others say as long as it does not concern them .This is legal paranoia where one fears any threat to their authority and will block anything that can stand in their way. All this is happening when the State and Religion are covertly one, hence speaking the word of God against any leadership whether religious or political willsoon be hate speech. This is normal to Christians in countries which are against Biblical Christianity not State Christianity where Christians are persecuted and killed for being enemies of the State.This reality is now present in countries that boast of Bill of Rights. The time when Truth, even God’s word is hate speech is here.
In Christ Jesus