Atheist protest banned and entrapment in prostitution case
The Spanish government banned a protest march by atheists in Madrid, during what is called, Holy Thursday. The Thursday, right before Easter. It was banned because it would be, as the Spanish government stated, offensive to Catholics. Spain is a secular republic, like us here in the U.S. The free speech rights of any group should not be dependent on not causing offense to the Catholic church. Shame on the Spanish government.The Catholic church is way too powerful to let them free from criticism and protest, especially considering the political power they still possess.
Closer to home, here in the U.S., a woman was arrested for prostitution. What she wanted was two cheeseburgers for sex. Prostitution should be of course legal and regulated. We shouldn't have the sex police. But this is a story that is more interesting than prostitution for McDonald's cheeseburgers. It is interesting for the distance police will go to arrest and convict someone.
The undercover officer in his own words stated that he saw a woman walking. He drove up to her and asked if she wanted a ride. So, he was not passive. He wasn't waiting for any supposed crime breaking to come to him. By no indications according to his own police report, did she appear to be loitering with the intent to engage in a sex act our government has found illegal. Walking is not grounds for suspicion to see if a person will engage in an act of prostitution for money.
The cop said they engaged in a coversation about sex. It's not clear who brought it up first, but while that seems to be somewhat important, he didn't seem to think so. He stated to her that he wanted to have sex.. He asked her if she could "help him out with that." He seems clearly to have been leading her on, hoping that she would say yes to an act of prostitution.
The fact is, he put her in a situation where she considered having sex for money, even if she would have never done so in the first place. If this isn't entrapment, that means the police can basically do whatever they want in a criminal investigation. I hope the jury votes acquittal.