Leaving aside the rich irony of a defender of the Catholic Church suggesting that the SNP is authoritarian and unconcerned about women’s rights, Kevin McKenna, like Johann Lamont yesterday, has missed the point, deliberately or because they’re too thick to understand, what Humsa Yousaf was saying about the Hate Crime Bill.
Pay attention now.
Yousaf was arguing that an amendment to add sex to the list of protected characteristics in the bill might not be as effective as the creation of a standalone offence to tackle misogynist abuse.
That’s why he has set up an independent working group under Helena Kennedy to consider it. The formidable Kennedy is the author of Eve Was Shamed, an account of how the flaws in an inadequate UK legal system continue to wrong women.
That’s why the majority, clearly understanding better than Lamont, voted down her amendment to the Act.
That’s why Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland are against just amending the Act and support the work of Kennedy’s group.
Before attacking the SNP again, maybe McKenna should read:
Gender-Based Violence and Christianity: Catholic Prevention of Divorce Traps Women in an Abusive Marriage: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310395594_Gender-Based_Violence_and_Christianity_Catholic_Prevention_of_Divorce_Traps_Women_in_an_Abusive_Marriage
The Authoritarianism of the Catholic Church in Ireland: http://www.judecollins.com/2020/04/the-authoritarianism-of-the-catholic-church-in-ireland-by-joe-mcveigh/