Thursday, December 24, 2009

Address to The Jury

Hone conducted his own defense and argued successfully that he never intended to “excite ridicule against the Christian religion… [his] intention was merely political.” In this address Hone states that he followed a legally accepted tradition of using parodies of scripture or the sacred text in order to legitimately attack what he considered to be a corrupt government. Hone argued that the suit brought against him was a politically motivated attempt on behalf of the Tory-lead government to silence him for his persistent attacks against them...

LC 9:316

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