You mustn't protest against mass murder

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  As we all know, we have the great blessing of comprehensive freedom of speech in this country – but not if you wish to protest peacefully about mass murder. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said he favours the banning of pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics. 113 MPs agree with him and they aim to set up “buffer zones” outside the clinics to prevent these protests. Already, two local authorities in England – Ealing and Portsmouth - have voted to ban these vigils by using public space protection orders (PSPO), which allow local authorities to criminalise behaviour not normally considered criminal. Continue reading

NEW REPORT: Almost two-thirds of councils ignore Government advice and refuse to review e-cigarette policies

A new report from The Freedom Association's 'Freedom to Vape' campaign highlights the shocking ignorance in town halls across the UK. (A similar report was published in November 2016. Click here to read it)A clear majority of councils refuse to listen to advice issued from Public Health England, repeated in the Department of Health's Tobacco Control Plan, which recommends that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not routinely be included in the requirements of an organisation’s smokefree policy. Most councils are ignoring evidence from the Royal College of Physicians that e-cigarettes are at least 95 per cent safer than smoking combustible tobacco, and almost three quarters of councils are not planning on allowing councillors a say.  Continue reading

How many Big Brothers are watching you?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Relentlessly, day by day, the surveillance society is becoming more total – the word I am looking for is totalitarian Last Saturday I was invited by the Church of England authorities to attend what is called a Safeguarding Course. If I had declined this “invitation,” I would have no longer possessed my work permit: the Bishop’s permission for me to officiate as a priest. So, along with thirty other priests and laypeople, I endured a couple of hours brainwashing session in which I was told to look out for incidences of “physical, mental, sexual or emotional abuse of children or adults.” Suggestions were offered as to how I might go about this. I should, for example, listen to children’s conversation from which I might glean some insight into their home life. Continue reading

Reflections on Remembrance

The following article was sent to all Freedom Association members on Remembrance Sunday.    Yesterday the nation paused for two minutes to remember those who have died defending our country, and defending freedom and democracy in Europe and throughout the world. Today many of us will attend Remembrance Day services. I am playing the organ at the service in our village church in the East Riding, and I have played for many of them for the last 25 years or so in Yorkshire and Co. Durham.   Continue reading

It's the Germans - stupid!

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  Jean Claude Juncker is fond of reminding us of how wonderfully the EU ensures peace in Europe. He was at it again last week and eulogised his beloved transnational bureaucratic dictatorship as “a benign fraternity.” His short memory allows him to overlook the breakdown in fraternity during the Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian wars of the 1990s. All the Eurocrats there have ever been repeat relentlessly that it is only the EU which prevents the rise of aggressive, expansionist factions and they often add the judgement that if only the EU had been around in the 1930s the Nazis would never have been allowed to tyrannise the continent. Continue reading