Rowan Atkinson: Man Of Sense

I’ve always enjoyed the Black Adder series, to the point that I could overlook Ben Elton’s involvement in it and that’s saying something. On the flip side though I’ve always despised Mr Bean.

You win some you lose some I guess.

However what has impressed me more than anything is a little quote I read recently – attributed to Mr Atkinson – in relation to the then proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

It eloquently states the difference between the perceived slight of a joke versus the very different persecution of a person on the basis of their race.

To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.

Well said that man.

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