Britain’s Conservative Party Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has today claimed that ‘homophobia’ may be grounds for believing that someone is a political “extremist”.
The worrying development not only fails to define ‘homophobia’, but could lump those in opposition to same sex marriage – like Nicky Morgan once was herself – in with jihadists, hate preachers, and far right, violent hooligans.
Ms Morgan’s comments to the BBC Today programme came while discussing ISIS and UK homegrown extremism: “Radicalisation or the risk of children being drawn into non violent extremism is a very real threat in this country,” she said.
“Sadly, Isis are extremely intolerant of homosexuality,” she replied, when asked for an example of how one might identify extremists.
But the precedent set may create a situation where Christian couples who refuse to bake cakes for gay marriages, or indeed those who speak out against same sex marriage in the whole, are targeted by the British government as ‘extremists’.
The BBC reports that the British government currently defines extremism as “Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
But pressure is routinely mounted on MPs and Ministers to shut down dissent from anyone in opposition to gay marriage, with many considering such protests to be ‘homophobic’.
Earlier today, Breitbart London exposed a new report, commissioned by the British government, that said that UK police should spend more time socialising in “LGBT hubs” in order to make gay people feel safer.