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Update: Committing an abomination...

Justice not seen to be done when a judge with a conflict of interests, (also being a sharia court judge), fines street preacher for unpleasant Bible quotes

Link Here24th March 2015
Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using threatening or abusive words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

Overd was ordered to pay 250 to a passer-by who had been 'offended' by the preacher's comments, and he initially refused, at which point judge Shamim Qureshi threatened the preacher with a prison sentence. He has been ordered to pay total costs of 1200.

Overd intends to appeal his conviction and said I follow my Lord and leader, so I won't tone down.

The street preacher was charged with a public order offence, after complaints were made by members of the public that he had made homophobic and Islamophobic remarks. In particular he quoted Leviticus 20:13 :

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (English Standard Bible)

The BBC reports that the judge told the preacher he seemed to enjoy testing the laws on free speech to their limits . Overd was also told that he should not have quoted from Leviticus 20:13 when speaking about homosexuality , according to Christian Today, who also report that the judge suggested that there were other verses he could have chosen if he wanted to talk about what the Bible says about homosexuality.

Judge Qureshi also works as a judge for the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, which aims to help Muslims resolve disputes in accordance with Islamic Sacred Law.

Overd was found not guilty on two other charges, which included causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress after he made critical remarks about the Muslim religious character Mohammed.

The National Secular Society has previously raised concerns about the trial's implications for free speech. Terry Sanderson, NSS president, said the ruling appeared to make the quoting of certain passages of the Bible illegal:

Whilst we all want to encourage public civility, there is a higher principle at stake. As long as there is no incitement to violence, then people should be allowed to speak freely without fearing legal repercussions.



DandG said something we disagree with? Destroy those deviants!...

The treatment of DandG exposes the shrill censoriousness of our age. Elton John and co lay into those who don't follow the PC line

Link Here 20th March 2015



Fun License...

London's last cinema club applies for licence

Link Here4th March 2015
Full story: Sex Cinemas in London...Licensing and censorship
An unlicensed sex cinema in New Cross, billed as the last of its kind in London, has now applied to become a fully licensed club.

Club 487 was reportedly set up by the proprietors of porn cinema Mr B's in Finsbury, which closed down in July last year by the council for being too sexy.

The new club still has the facade of an old print shop on the outside, but past the double doors is a small black ticket office that appears freshly painted. Customers pay 15 to sample the cinema's explicit movies on multiple screens in a variety of different rooms.

The club manager told Eastlondonlines:

The council came down a few weeks ago and told us that we need a license. We're now applying for that.

The alleged sexual activities inside the club were snitched up by a News Shopper undercover report that gave a graphic account of men pleasuring themselves and customers having sex in front of the screen.

After a police raid at the New Cross Road cinema on February 19 it reopened on February 24 with a license application posted on the front door.



Sensitive Content...

Gay kiss on Angola TV winds up a few locals

Link Here8th February 2015
Angola flagAn Angolan TV production company made a public apology after a gay kiss aired on television prompted howls of criticism in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

Semba Comunicacao company said: We offer our sincere apologies to those who felt offended. The production company promised to make corrections in the presentation of sensitive content .

The grovelling apology came after an episode of the popular Jikulumessu drama series shown late last month showed two men kissing.

The gay kiss aired after the main evening news in a nation where homosexuality remains a taboo subject, though not illegal. An unspecified number of whinges were posted on social media.

The show's creator and Semba Comunicacao head, Jose Paulino dos Santos, denounced the move, on his Facebook account, as an act of censorship .



Defective TV censors...

Turkish TV censor fines TV company for airing lesbian themed music video

Link Here19th January 2015
Turkey's TV censor has issued fines to two TV music channels for broadcasting videos that showed sexuality scenes, including one that featured a lesbian kiss.

The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) fined Genk TV for airing Elliphant's 2014 One More music video.

The also whinged at Power TV for singer Pitbull's music video for Don't Stop the Party , for scenes of of passionate fondling of a woman's half naked body, as well as footage and gestures similar to pornography .

In justifying the fines, RTUK cited the bigoted remarks on homosexuality made by Cem Kece's, head of the Turkish Sexual Health Institute. Kece claims that homosexuality is a a defect and against human nature, and the result of parenting mistakes.



Update: Bum Decision...

Posters for gay play banned from London's Underground

Link Here16th January 2015
Full story: Transport for London Censors...Advert censorship
Posters for the revival of Kevin Elyot's play My Night with Reg have been banned from appearing at London Underground stations for featuring male nudity.

A Transport for London press officer told the Standard they hadn't seen the ad but: if it has been rejected it means that it doesn't meet the guidance that we have set.

The comedy is set in London's gay community in the mid-1980s, against the back drop of the mounting AIDS crisis.



Hide the Pride...

US distributors try to maximise the market for the movie Pride by downplaying gay elements on the DVD cover

Link Here8th January 2015
US marketeers have straight-washed 2013 British film Pride so that it appeals to a wider US audience.

The DVD cover of the movie, based on the campaign of a gay and lesbian activist group, has been altered to remove references to the film's focal theme of homosexuality.

In UK promotional material a banner reading lesbians and gays support the miners is seen behind the marching crowd. On the US version this banner has been digitally removed, and the synopsis has eradicated any hint of homosexuality. In particular  original UK promotional material referring to a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists, has been changed to London-based activists.

Ben Roberts, of the British Film Institute, told The Independent:

I'm not surprised that the US distributors have taken a decision to sell more copies by watering down the gay content.

It's an unfortunate commercial reality both here and in the US that distributors have to deal with. LGBT material is largely marginalised outside of rare hits like Brokeback Mountain.

Gay author Matt Cain criticised the move, saying it went against the spirit of the film, but said it will be a positive thing if it means more people buy the DVD and watch it.

A few people took to Twitter to criticise the decision to downplay the gay theme.

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