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War on Christmas meets rape hysteria: Northern Ireland police claim kissing under mistletoe without consent is rape
Police have warned Christmas party goers to obtain consent before kissing under the mistletoe otherwise they may be guilty of rape.
Some respondents suggested PSNI had failed to understand the law regarding rape, while others said it showed the organisation had a “warped view of the world”.
The tweet was subsequently deleted, with the force later saying it had been “taken out of context”.
The message was intended to form part of PSNI’s “without consent” campaign, launched in 2013, which has previously run into criticism for allegedly “victim blaming” over a tweet in March warning women about the dangers of “overindulging”.
One Twitter user, @69mib, wrote: “Bumping into someone, under the mistletoe, is now considered rape? Why do you trivialise such a serious issue with such a nonsense tweet?”.
Another, Mike Love, responded: “This tweet tells people that a kiss is rape. Do you realise what you’ve said?”
While the offence of sexual assault involves intentionally sexually touching another without consent and without reasonably believing the other consents, rape must involve penetration with a penis.
PSNI later appeared to defend the thrust of its earlier message, tweeting on Sunday: “We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”
Some Twitter users appeared more offended about what the messages said about the police force’s attitude to Christmas than crime.
One responded: “Don’t put a downer on things sure! Very cheerful Mr PSNI”; other people said they were astounded that @PoliceServiceNI was not a spoof account.
In August a probe was launched following allegations that six PSNI officers and staff had tweeted sexist and racist messages, as well as those that could aggravate sectarian messages, which may potentially prejudice criminal investigations.
Some of the tweets were said to have included allegations against a Northern Irish journalist and also the abuse of another journalist from a Belfast radio station.
Kissing under the mistletoe is a centuries-old tradition inspired by a belief that the plant increases life and fertility.
Historical accounts suggest the ancient Norse tradition was to kiss the hand of a host under the mistletoe, rather than the cheek or lips.
Trump is protecting the imperial interests of the very same people who would have him turfed from office, if they could manage it; those who are at war with his administration, since day one.
‘National security’ just means preserving imperial American hegemony. And how many ‘informants’ from 50+ years ago are still active, anyway? It’s all bullshit, and sinister.
One doesn’t need to be fully libertarian to nevertheless be largely in agreement with David T. Wright:
The true face of the State. Emma Goldman, the American anarcho-communist who lived around the turn of the last century, once remarked famously, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Recent events in Spain show that she was exactly right.
Many of the people of Catalonia, a province in Spain, do not want to be a part of that country. They want to be independent. So the provincial government decided to hold a referendum, to let the people vote on whether Catalonia should be independent or not.
That’s Democracy, right? The People vote, and their voice is heard?
Well, no. The central government of Spain declared that the vote could not be held. It was “unconstitutional” because they had not given permission for it. Think about that for a minute. A “democracy” that doesn’t allow people to vote!
The Spanish king explained why in almost perfect Orwellian terms:
“All this means is that they [the Catalan regime] have attempted to appropriate the historical institutions of Catalonia and these authorities in a clear and definitive way and they have put themselves outside the rule of law and democracy.”They have tried to break the unity of Spain and national sovereignty which is the right of all the Spanish people to decide democratically.”
So, Catalans can’t vote democratically to be independent unless the rest of Spain allows them. That’s Democracy.
When the Catalan regime went ahead and held the referendum on October 1, the Spanish authorities did what the State always does when faced with a threat to its power: it used force to try to shut it down. They bused in Guardia Civil thugs from other parts of Spain. The Guardia are Spain’s version of France’s Gendarmes and Italy’s Carabinieri: militarized cops.
Here is the real face behind the mask of the benevolent modern “democracy.”
More than 900 people were injured by the brutal riot cops, who fired rubber bullets at peaceful would-be voters, stomped them, and beat them with yard-long billy clubs.
The enthusiastic brutality of the Spanish police against law-abiding civilians contrasts starkly with the lackadaisical treatment by the French Gendarmes of the thousands of Third World invaders still infesting Calais. It’s almost as if both forces were concerned with something other than keeping peace and order.
If Corbyn and Labour win the British general election tomorrow… Britain gets a hard-core left Labour government, and Britain loses.
If May and the Tories win by a narrow margin, Britain’s bargaining power in Brexit negotiations will be weakened, and Britain loses.
If May and the Tories win by a great margin, she will feel emboldened to enact draconian new legislation in terms of regulating the internet, and speech, and Britain loses.
Even if Brexit happens, if Britons end up suffering increased tyranny from London, having shaken the shackles of Brussels, Britain loses.
If only Nigel Farage had not decided to step down after declaring victory in the wake of the Brexit vote, Britain might have been able to win.