Every time when I think that things are bad in my own country (and they are), I only have to look across the channel to realise how lucky I am still:
A pro-life volunteer has been arrested and charged after silently praying outside an abortion facility in Birmingham, U.K.
Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the director of March for Life UK, was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged on Dec. 15 with four counts of breaking a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
A PSPO is intended to stop antisocial behavior. Police were responding to a complaint from a member of the public who believed that Vaughan-Spruce was praying silently.
As part of her bail conditions, restrictions have been placed on her participating in public prayer.
Sharia law at this point would probably be an improvement, they would force you to pay Jizya but I have never heard that they investigate thought crimes.
Vaughan-Spruce was carrying no placards or signs. After her arrest, she was shown pictures of herself quietly standing in the vicinity of the abortion clinic in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
It reminds me a story I heard once of a lady who said she felt attacked by another (Christian) lady for her choices even though the latter didn't so much as say a word. "By the way she looked at me", claimed the lady, "I knew she disagreed!"
She had been spotted near the clinic three times, and when asked about these occasions, she explained that she might have been praying, but she may also have been thinking about other things. Her thoughts, she explained, were all peaceful and not worthy of being criminalized.
Her actual defence was to deny she had been praying (!) and to state that her thoughts were peaceful. Because in England you can now be prosecuted for wrong thoughts, apparently!
There is this discussion about death penalty going on in right-wing circles. Theoretically, I'm all for it. Practically, I'm glad it's been abolished in Europe. Because guess who would get it?
Britain, not even once!
P.S. From another article on the same site:
The Council of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole in southern England
has drawn red lines around an abortion provider and designated the area a
“safe zone.” Anyone caught crossing themselves, reciting Scripture, or
sprinkling holy water behind these red lines can be fined £100 (about
$113) or risk a court conviction.
Demons really hate it, I guess...