(2012) Green Party -EXPELLED ONE ITS COUNCILLORS FOR USING FREE SPEECH

 

A Christian councillor who voted against allowing gay couples to marry and was expelled from Brighton’s Green group is to appeal against the move.

The Green group has ratified a decision to expel Christina Summers.

Ms Summers, now an Independent but still a member of the national Green Party, has said the decision was wrong and unfair and she will appeal.

She voted against a motion on government plans to allow gay marriage, defying Green Party policy.

Speaking during the council debate on 19 July, Ms Summers said: “When you touch marriage, you’re touching family and you’re hitting at the very heart of God and I have an enormous problem with that.”

An inquiry panel recommended her expulsion after concluding she was in breach of a written undertaking.

This stated that if she was selected as a candidate and elected to public office, she would uphold and advance the values of “equality for all people, regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice”.

Following the decision, Ms Summers said the Green Party was discriminating against Christians, but the party said it defended free speech and freedom of beliefs.

Read on:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-19650630

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2 thoughts on “(2012) Green Party -EXPELLED ONE ITS COUNCILLORS FOR USING FREE SPEECH

  1. I can’t see the problem here. If Ms. Summers undertook to uphold “equality for all people, regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion” etc. then I don’t see what ground she has for complaint after publicly opposing gay marriage. She appears to have exercised her right to free speech, and the Green Party (which incidentally I don’t happen to belong to) appears to have exercised its right to discipline members who breach party principles and undertakings they give. The right to freedom of speech does not confer immunity from all penalties, or carte blanche to break undertakings voluntarily entered into.

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    • “The right to freedom of speech does not confer immunity from all penalties…”

      Evidence that there is no freedom of speech and that the concept of “democracy” (an alternative viewpoint that is put forth to a plebiscitary vote) is an illusion. Therein lies the problem, but Miss Summers should have envisaged the totalitarian leadership of the Party system. That she did not is indicative of this, her suffering of expulsion.

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