Amplifying Weakness, Or The Wrong Way To Handle A Guy On A Stepladder

Dear United Kingdom,

Pluralism. It’s good. It helps. It’s better to preserve it, and maybe even export it by means of good example.

Now can you please stop crapping all over it?

How sincerely should the world take western notions of pluralism when the UK sees fit to jail someone on the basis of expressing their childish beliefs?

Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.

The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.

Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act.

Surely, United Kingdom, you’ve heard this criticism before.  I can’t be the first.   Yet, it bears repeating:

When, in the west, someone climbs a stepladder on a streetcorner to advocate bigotry on behalf of their preferred sky-illusion, they do so not because their team is winning.  They do so because their shit is weak, as the kids say.

The dead giveaway there is the stepladder. See, typically, your more formidable foes of society adopt techniques, strategies and tactics that do not utterly rely upon modest elevation to work.

So that’s Mr. McAlpine’s problem.  What’s yours, UK?

Sadly, something very similar.

What’s behind Climby McImpotent’s show of weakness is exactly the same thing that lurks behind your arresting a mental toddler for the crime of speech.  When your state does this, it is not because your state is strong and correct.  Quite the opposite; it is done because something in your character as reflected by the state is weak and nervous.

Scared of a dumb guy on a stepladder.  A dumb guy on a stepladder who thinks a clerk in the sky needs him to carry news of His displeasure.

From three feet off the ground.

Grow up, both of you.

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