Freedom of speech Freedom is a Christian ideal and should be one of the hallmarks of a democratic and healthy society. John Benton Recently, however, the whole issue of freedom of speech has begun to run into many difficulties. Back in December, the Sikh community understandably felt very aggrieved over the play entitled Bhesti (Punjabi for ‘dishonour’), which portrayed immorality and abuse in a Sikh temple. There were angry scenes on the streets of Birmingham and police had to be involved in holding back the protesters. Eventually the play was closed down by the theatre’s executive director. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.