'Speech restrictions are happening right now in the US too!' Lauren Chen FUMES at controversial Scottish bill

'Speech restrictions are happening right now in the US too!' Lauren Chen FUMES at controversial Scottish bill
Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde


Published: 05/04/2024

- 13:21

Scotland has created a new crime of "stirring up hatred" relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex

US political commentator Lauren Chen has branded new Scottish hate crime laws as "the beginning of the end" for free speech after the SNP imposed the controversial legislation earlier this week.

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 creates a new crime of "stirring up hatred" relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex.

The Act has received harsh criticism from UK politicians and celebrities amid fears it hinders free speech. Speaking to Patrick Christys on GBN America, Chen explained that the SNP's terms could spark "fear of people in your own home reporting you to the police".

She said: "I don't understand what is happening with the Scottish government right now. The idea that the police could say that they won't worry about violent destruction of property but you could get arrested for something that you said in your own home is where they are going to be spending resources."

Patrick asked her: "I wonder whether or not some of the the Democrats and the hard left in America will be drooling over this particular law in Scotland. Will they be drafting it out where you are at the moment as we speak?"

She responded: "Well, this isn't just a hypothetical. Actually, there are already attempts to put in place certain speech restrictions that are happening right now. Places like New York and California have already tried.

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