Sunday, June 12, 2005

As Long As They Don't Frighten the Horses

Police in Oxford, England arrested an undergraduate for calling a police horse gay.

The police's response was too gay even for the gay rights people:

Peter Tatchell of the pressure group Outrage! said that the arrest of Sam Brown, a student at Oxford University, "brought the police service into disrepute".

Mr Brown, 21, a student at Balliol College, was arrested for causing harassment, alarm or distress and fined £80 after asking a mounted police officer if he knew that his horse was homosexual.

The student made the remark during a night out in Oxford where he was celebrating completing his English Literature degree.

Mr Tatchell, who has handcuffed himself to Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, in his campaign for homosexual rights, accused the police of grossly wasting their time and resources. "The police are not doing nearly enough to halt genuine violence against gay people and yet they waste their time on this absurd arrest," he said.

They should have trotted Mr. Brown before one of our provincial human rights commissions for making the poor horse feel unstable. They'd have reined him in and saddled him with a heavy fine.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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