Seismic Shock: criticizing a clergyman opens a ‘police file’

What should happen to somebody who accuses another person of anti-Semitism and associating with terrorists?

Well, in a ‘Western’ country, the person who was accused of these nasty things has the recourse of suing the accuser for defamation:  we have courts that resolve exactly this!

Ezra Levant is being sued for something exactly like this.  And, Mr. Levant reports the process:  first, he was served with libel notice, and later (6 months later, in this case) his lawyer was served with the lawsuit itself.

While I do not support lawfare – the use of the legal system to financially exhaust a person and shut them up this way – this is how we handle things when one person does not like what another person says about them and considers him/herself defamed by such statements.

…like being accused of being an anti-Semite and associating with terrorists.

That is what we do in ‘civilized countries’!

It seems that the United Kingdom of (Formerly) Great Britain and Northern Ireland can no longer be considered one of these!

What the [insert expletive of your choice here] is happening in the UK?

People there now have surveillance cameras in their homes, to make sure they feed their kids the ‘properly’ and out them to bed ‘on time’.

A 71-year old disabled immigrant widow, whose house was pelted with rocks by young punks, was charged with assault for telling them off while poking one of the punks in the chest with her finger. She was given a 6-month suspended sentence and a 50 pound fine…

A 9-year old got busted for playing in a park, a 2-year old got an ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Order’ for playing with a ball in his own back-yard….and parents are banned from council play-grounds.

Now, a blogger who criticized a clergyman gets a visit from the police!

In what kind of a country does slandering or defaming a person launch a police investigation?

In what kind of a country does slandering or defaming a person earn you a police visit to your school or place of employment, where your ‘misdeeds’ are brought to the attention of your educators/superiors?

In what kind of a country does slandering or defaming a person gets the police to ‘open a file’ on you?

As Seismic Shock has learned – the hard way – this will happen in a country like the UK…

At 10am on Sunday 29th November 2009, I received a visit from two policemen regarding my activities in running the Seismic Shock blog. (Does exposing a vicar’s associations with extremists make me a criminal?, I wondered initially). A sergeant from the Horsforth Police related to me that he had received complaints via Surrey Police from Rev Sizer and from Dr Anthony McRoy – a lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology – who both objected to being associated with terrorists and Holocaust deniers.

(Context: Sizer has associated with some very nasty terrorists and Holocaust deniers; McRoy has delivered a paper at a Khomeinist theological conference in Iran comparing Hezbollah’s struggle against Israel via suicide bombing with the Christian’s struggle against sin via the atoning death of Jesus, and describes the world’s most prominent Holocaust denier as an “intelligent, humble, charismatic, and charming” man who “gives quick, extensive and intelligent answers to any question, mixed with genial humour”).

The sergeant made clear that this was merely an informal chat, in which I agreed to delete my original blog (http://seismicshock.blogspot.com/) but maintain my current one (http://seismicshock.wordpress.com). The policeman related to me that his police force had been in contact with the ICT department my previous place of study, and had looked through my files, and that the head of ICT at my university would like to remind me that I should not be using university property in order to associate individuals with terrorists and Holocaust deniers (I am sure other people use university property to make political comments, but nevermind).

With my research on Reverend Sizer’s associations with terrorists and Holocaust deniers making its way into a publication of the Society of Biblical Literature, I was quite content to hold my peace. However, now that Reverend Sizer is now misrepresenting what has happened in my case in order to intimidate others, now is the time to speak up.

This is just wrong.  And – indeed, the vicar attempted to intimidate an Australian blogger who carried the story, threatening him with police

So, I say:  WE ARE ALL SEISMIC SHOCK!

H/T: BCF