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27 Feb
International events here.

London UK

March 10
On Monday, Detliv Schlichler will talk on 

“Econonomics and the a priori: In defense of Ludwig von Mises.”

We meet on the second Monday of the month at
7.30pm at The Institute of Education, just off
Russell Square – next to the student bar, Room S16,
Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1B 5EA.

‘Ex-gay’ London bus advert ban ruled lawful

22 Mar
From the BBC

From the BBC

The banned poster

The adverts were reportedly booked for two weeks

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A ban on a Christian group’s proposed bus advert suggesting gay people could be helped to change their sexuality has been ruled as lawful.
The High Court ruled Transport for London’s process in introducing the ban “was procedurally unfair”.
But it ruled TfL was right to ban the Core Issues Trust’s advert because it would “cause grave offence” to those who were gay.
The posters read: “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!”
They were a response to a bus poster campaign by gay rights group Stonewall, which carried the message: “Some people are gay. Get over it!”
A judge ruled Boris Johnson did not abuse his position as chairman of TfL when he imposed the ban.
The Core Issues Trust said the London mayor was “politically driven” when he intervened to block the ad, which suggested gay people could be helped to “move out of homosexuality”.
Mr Johnson condemned the “gay cure” advert as “offensive to gays” and said it could lead to retaliation against the wider Christian community.

‘Widespread offence’

Mrs Justice Lang ruled TfL’s process in introducing the ban “was procedurally unfair, in breach of its own procedures and demonstrated a failure to consider the relevant issues”.
Stonewall's bus advert

The banned advert was set to mimic Stonewall’s campaign

But that was outweighed by factors against allowing the ad, including that it would “cause grave offence” to those who were gay and was perceived as homophobic, “thus increasing the risk of prejudice and homophobic attacks”, said the judge.
TfL refused to carry the Core Issues Trust advert on the grounds it was “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”, and it contained “images or messages which relate to matters of public controversy and sensitivity”.
TfL’s lawyers argued Article 10 did not entitle the trust to advertise “offensive material”.
They said the ban was justified by the need to protect public morals and the right of homosexuals under Article 8 of the convention to respect for their dignity and private lives.
The judge revealed her concern over the issues raised by the case by giving Core Issues permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Mrs Justice Lang said, although she did not think an appeal would succeed, there were “compelling reasons” to allow one to go ahead.
She said the case “concerns interference with the right to freedom of expression which is a matter of such fundamental importance that it merits consideration by the appellant court”.

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If only she’d had a gun

2 Feb
(If only she’d had a gun.)

This awful crime is worth mentioning.

If a native in a ski mask had punched Miss Oni on the nose while shouting “White Power!” the Plod would have torn the place apart in search of the villain. Every inch of CCTV footage would have been examined. Every known or probable BNP and EDL member within a five mile radius would have been pulled in for questioning. Someone would eventually have been found, and the Beeb would have given the resulting trial blanket publicity. 

Instead, she was a non-white living in a Moslem area and dressing like a “goreh.” If some demented, and probably jealous, cow got up as a black pillar box chose to ruin her life with a pot of acid, that was only the enforcement of “community standards.” The Plod seem to have logged the crime, before going back to their preferred job of persecuting motorists. And they whine that no one likes them.

Women’s equality is one of the glories of our civilisation. If a woman wants to hide her face and body from view, that should be her right. Equally, if a woman wants to take pride in her charms, that should be her right. It was rightly established thirty years ago that dressing “provocatively” was no mitigation for sexual assault. Where are the feminists and the lefties now to scream blue murder at this?

I hope the plastic surgeons can put Miss Oni back together. The Libertarian Alliance offers a reward of £100 for any information that leads to the arrest and punishment of whoever did this to her. We wish it could be a hundred times that much.

Sean Gabb
Director, The Libertarian Alliance (Carbon Positive since 1979)  Tel: 07956 472 199 Skype: seangabb
Postal Address: Suite 35,  2 Lansdowne Row, London W1J 6HL, England

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