Watching this week's Question Time it is clear that it is now untenable in the public square to offer an alternative view (with the exception in part of Janet Daley who cited the interesting dilemma of competing principles) Objection was left instead to a member of the audience.
This morning, listening to the radio, I heard that a judge has said the muslims are able to throw shoes as an act of protest and has dismissed the Met's case against the shoe throwers because it is part of the tradition of protest in Muslim culture.
“The court accepted that the earlier shoe-throwing incident was simply a ritual form of protest and therefore not a criminal act of violence,” Holt said.
Judge Denniss agreed that the act of shoe-throwing should not be considered in a charge of violent disorder against the student because it was “a symbolic” political gesture." Times-online
I am pondering this one.