Report A Hate Crime

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has released a report, Designating Hate: New Policy Responses to Stop Hate Crime, which recommends radical initiatives to tackle “hate” groups, even if they have not committed any kind of violent activity

The Home Office would be able to accuse any group it found politically inconvenient of “spreading intolerance” or “aligning with extremist ideologies” — and designate it a “hate group”.

Train of thought 2:

The Problem:
Groups that spread hate function with impunity
… current laws are unable to stop groups that spread
hate and division, but do not advocate violence.

The Solution:
• Create a new law to designate ‘hate groups’.
This new tier of hate group designation would
be the first of its kind in Europe and would help
tackle nonviolent extremist groups that demonise
specific groups

Train of thought 3 (metropolitan police):

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.

It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

Train of thought 4:

“…or any other perceived difference.”

Can anyone think of a non-violent organisation that demonises  and harasses large numbers of people, and posts abusive and offensive messages about them online and on the products they buy?

Isn’t ASH an Anti-Smoking Hate group? Isn’t it the single most divisive hate group operating with impunity in the world today? Doesn’t it demonise smoking and smokers? Doesn’t it hate smoking and smokers? Doesn’t it exclude them and defame them and rob them at every opportunity it can find?

Train of thought 5 (metropolitan police):

How to report hate crime

Hate crimes such as racist crime, domestic abuse and homophobic crime are one of our highest priorities. Currently, we have over 900 specialist hate crime investigators working in our dedicated Community Safety and Safeguarding Units across London.

These officers investigate and manage specific crimes, such as domestic abuse, hate crime and honour based abuse, which often require specialist knowledge and understanding. In partnership with external agencies, we’re supporting the needs of victims, their families and their communities to make them safer and prevent re-victimisation.

Why report hate crime?

It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember it is not your fault and help is available.

By reporting hate crime you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else. Our officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.

Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else, or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.

Train of thought 6:

Would anyone like to report ASH as a Hate Group that carries out hate crimes against smokers?

Start here for a quick and simple online form to report the anti-smoking hate group ASH. Or try True Vision.

As the British Prime Minister who introduced the UK public smoking ban in July 2007, Tony Blair is arguably himself the hate criminal responsible for enabling and empowering Anti-Smoking Hate groups like ASH.

I personally designated ASH as an “AntiSmoking Hate group” back in 2015.

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14 Responses to Report A Hate Crime

  1. RdM says:

    What’s with this weird .js ending link (on the last post too) appended to your post, Frank?
    On Linux (perhaps protected from weirdness, or not) in a new tab, a bunch of code text.
    Being a curious chap, scrolling to the end, I can see and extract this text, near the end

    ‘s development is supported by optional advertisements that are added to some of the websites you visit. During the development of this extension, I\’ve put in thousands of hours adding features, fixing bugs and making things betternot mentioning the support of all the users who ask for help.Ads support most of the internet we all use and love; without them, the internet we have today would simply not exist. Similarly, without revenue, this extension (and the upcoming new ones) would not be possible.You can disable these ads now or later in the settings page. You can also minimize the ads appearance by clicking on partial support button. Both of these options are available by clicking \’x\’ button in the corner of each ad. In both cases,your choice will remain in effect unless you reinstall or reset the extension.

    So really, WTF is all that about?
    Are you aware that this domclickext shite is at the end of your posts, twice, now?
    What is it for? What does it mean?

    Answers on a post, or postcard …

    “For God’s sake burn it down”

    Patience … get through the radio tune-in … to the first track.
    You can skip ahead. Select your favourite tunes. Bright brass soul?

    What a great first album that was, that summer…
    He had different bands later, not the same!

    Cheers from soon to be sunny NZ ;=}) (we hope)
    (else ameliorating an ice age to come?)

    Nearly Spring here now … planting again, in hope.
    Of a great Summer!

    But the pharmaceutical companies don’t work off or on seasons.
    For them, it’s 24/7 money making… from what, from whom, from who?

    How?

    ~ RdM

    • RdM says:

      Listening now I since I posted, so perhaps not too far out of time, although I urge you to take time to listen from the beginning to all the way through:- a favourite might be this:

      Nah, listen to the whole album, give the artist author some – complete! credence.

      Please, let that whole album play, remember it was from 1980, as a reference.

      Or pause and save it for later.

      Take it to the finish.

      The passion!

      [but stop when after that a completely new selection comes on. pause.]

  2. Frank Davis says:

    I don’t know what the weird link is. It gets added when I publish a post or update it. I don’t know where it’s coming from.

    But at present I’m at my brother’s house looking after his cat, and using a notebook computer that had somehow forgotten all my settings and links and everything, and is generally behaving a bit screwily. So it may have something to do with that.

    I haven’t seen these weird appended links using my main computer at home, but I’ll be using that this afternoon, and intend to post up a draft of a post for tomorrow.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Frank, I think Brextiteers should report obnoxious Remoaners. That might shut down parliament….

  4. Rose says:

    Everyone is after Tony Blair and ASH is an amorphous group with branches all over the world, I used to have a link to ASH Thailand going after Buddhist monks.
    You might have better luck with our previous Chief Medical Officer who has caused all manner of harm and damage.

    Chief medical officer nearly quit over smoking ban
    Thu 24 Nov 2005

    “The government’s chief medical officer (CMO) today told MPs that he had considered resigning after ministers decided against imposing a total ban on smoking in pubs and clubs.

    Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, CMO for England, told the health select committee that ministers’ decision to ignore his advice to impose a total ban on smoking in public places had put Britain “amongst the laggards of public health policy making internationally instead of the world leaders”.

    His comments came as it emerged than 90% of respondents to a government consultation on the partial smoking ban opposed any exemptions for private members clubs and pubs that do not serve food, and wanted a blanket ban imposed.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/nov/24/health.politics1

    Ban smoking in hospitals now, says health chief
    2004

    “Cigarettes should be banned in National Health Service hospitals by the end of the year, the Chief Medical Officer told ministers yesterday in a call for early legislation to outlaw smoking in public.

    Prof Sir Liam Donaldson turned up the heat on the Government with the publication of his annual report that revealed the level of disagreement between him and John Reid, the Health Secretary, on a national smoking ban.”

    “Dr Reid angered health campaigners last month when he said smoking was one of the few pleasures available to the poor. Suggesting that he was opposed to a ban, the Health Secretary said the “learned middle class” was “obsessed with banning smoking”. He added: “I don’t think the worst problem on our sink estates, by any means, is smoking”.

    “Sir Liam said plans to stop smoking in hospitals had been adopted in 1992 with a target date of May 1993. “Ten years later only 10 per cent of hospitals are completely smoke free. This is a terrible example. The NHS should be leading from the front.”
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1468113/Ban-smoking-in-hospitals-now-says-health-chief.html

    Sir Liam Donaldson quits the NHS… but his critics say resignation is two years too late
    2009

    “The country’s most senior doctor unexpectedly resigned last night.

    Chief medical officer Liam Donaldson surprised the NHS by stepping down after a reign which saw him accused of botching the training of junior doctors and orchestrate the response to swine flu.

    After working for the Labour Government for the past 12 years, he will leave office in May – just as the Tories are expected to take over.”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1236179/Sir-Liam-Donaldson-quits-NHS–critics-say-resignation-years-late.html

    WHO Director-General names Sir Liam Donaldson envoy for patient safety

    21 July 2011 | Geneva – WHO Director-General Margaret Chan has named Professor Sir Liam Donaldson as WHO Envoy for Patient Safety. In this role, Sir Liam, who served as England’s Chief Medical Officer between 1998 and 2010, will help the Organization promote patient safety as a global public health priority.”
    https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2011/patient_safety_20110721/en/

    • smokingscot says:

      I know a fellow who’s heavily into Buddhism. Quit the UK to study and live amongst them in Thailand. He used to get all peeved with me on account of my smoking, he being all vegan and spiritually clean. Just the usual stuff, for my health (translation – don’t die before me).

      Anyway his mentor, whom he holds in the highest regard on account he’s way up in the pecking order of all things Buddhist and is hugely knowledgeable, happens to be a chain smoker!

      So I enquired if he gave this chap the same finger wagging, unsolicited advice. Nope he doesn’t, nor does he try it with any of the other monks in the temples he frequents where about 70% of them smoke.

  5. RdM says:

    I used to have a link to ASH Thailand going after Buddhist monks.

    I’d be interested to read it, if you could find it.

    Perhaps Buddhist monks are quite equanimous about tobacco use.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity
    (among many other religions, this – )

    In Buddhism, equanimity (Pali: upekkhā; Sanskrit: upekṣā) is one of the four sublime attitudes and is considered:

    Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”

    Equanimity can also be cultivated through meditation.

    Well, grist for the mill … .

    Sublime attitudes;-

    What concepts!
    _

    But if not ASH on ash, who’s on sugary drinks?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/thai-buddhist-monks-health-ruined-by-sugary-drinks/9711412

    • Rose says:

      Long gone I fear.

      ASH THailand
      http://www.ashthailand.or.th/en/

      Smoking prevalence among monks in Thailand.
      2012

      “Previous studies among Buddhist monks in Thailand have reported smoking rates to be as high as 55%. Because 95% of Thais are Buddhist, monks are highly influential in establishing normative behavioral patterns. As the first population-based study on smoking among Buddhist monks in Thailand, this study aims to determine the smoking prevalence in six regions of the country, and to examine smoking knowledge, risk perceptions, behaviors, and associated demographics among full-fledged and novice monks (n = 6,213). Results demonstrated that the overall prevalence for current smoking monks is 24.4% (95% confidence interval [24.453, 24.464]), with regional differences ranging from 14.6% (North) to 40.5% (East).

      Findings suggest that integrating prevention and cessation programming into religious courses may be one avenue for reaching many incoming monks. Further, involving monks in tobacco control education and setting a nonsmoking standard among them is vital to the success of reducing smoking rates among the general population in Thailand.”
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22203188

      • Frank Davis says:

        integrating prevention and cessation programming into religious courses

        In effect, they want to insert their religious beliefs into Buddhist religious beliefs.

        • Rose says:

          Frank, I just found this, which you might find interesting, when looking for these previous articles from the Jakarta Globe of which it now denies all knowledge.

          Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use
          Grants Program

          Previously Funded Projects
          Indonesia
          https://tobaccocontrolgrants.org/What-we-fund?who_region=SEARO&country_id=39&date_type=&date_from=&date_to=&submit=Search
          It has a search facility for anywhere in the world.

          Previously

          Indonesian Clerics Join Smoking Fatwa Row
          2010

          “A growing debate in the religious arena over smoking intensified on Sunday, with senior officials from the country’s largest Muslim organization and its top council of clerics deriding a recent fatwa issued against the habit.

          Officials from Nahdlatul Ulama and the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) both took issue with Muhammadiyah, the nation’s second-largest Muslim organization, issuing the religious edict last week, saying it went too far. Both organizations maintained their positions that smoking cigarettes was not haram, or forbidden in Islam.

          “It’s not that easy declaring something as haram. There are many considerations that should be taken into account,” Masdar F Mas’udi, an NU deputy chairman, told the Jakarta Globe. “Nahdlatul Ulama still considers smoking as makruh [undesirable], and we have no plan to change that in the near future

          Over the weekend, however, Muhammadiyah found itself on the defensive, denying that the fatwa was related to a grant it received from a US-based antitobacco organization. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, funded by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, lists a November 2009 grant to Muhammadiyah worth $393,234 on its Web site.

          Among the grant’s stated purposes is “the issuance and dissemination of religious advice on the dangers of tobacco use.”
          http: //www.thejakartaglobe.com/archive/indonesian-clerics-join-smoking-fatwa-row/

          “Muhammadiyah issued an edict banning its followers from smoking on Wednesday, basing its argument on the Koran, which bans Muslims from taking their own lives. It also urged the government and the House of Representatives to ratify the FCTC.

          Fattah, however, maintained that the council did not receive funding to issue the edict.

          “Muhammadiyah is committed to creating a clean environment and a healthy society. We have a program for that and Bloomberg knew of this program and they offered [to fund it],” he told The Jakarta Post.”
          http: //www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/03/13/edict-not-funded-nyc-mayor-muhammadiyah.html

  6. waltc says:

    The proposal is actually Orwellian Thoughtcrime. I shudder.

  7. Smoking Lamp says:

    The antismokers in tobacco control certainly employ hate speech and stimulate hate crimes against smokers. It is a central part of their effort of denormalization. Beyond that, the astroturf attacks on smokers on many articles advocating smoking bans are evidence that their strategy of stimulating hate has taken hold. Persecution relies on hate crimes to achieve its goal. Tobacco control is a social engineering project and hate speech enables its quests to gain power and reshape society.

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