UK Citizens Outraged as Britain Jails Man For Facebook Posts
Hatred and discrimination are not a good thing. We should all agree on that. But the right to freely express ourselves is an essential right and one we should not take for granted. Speech that makes us uncomfortable also comes with a civil duty: ignore it, react to it, disregard it, challenge it, but never attempt to silence it. Because silencing it gives the government too much control in an area that could be easily used to subjugate the greater masses.
In the UK, not only are the police now jailing people for anti-Mulsim speech, but they are also being celebrated by some citizens who somehow see this as a beneficial and positive thing (others are outraged, as you will see below). As is the case of Nigel Pelham. A man who in 2015 made his anti-Muslim commentary public. He’s now in jail.
Pelham pleaded not guilty to charges revolving around the publishing of threatening material being used to stir up religious hatred against Muslims. The prosecutors needed the Attorney General’s approval to charge Pelham, which they received. He received 20 concurrent months on 8-counts.
Sussex Police Hate Crime Sergeant, Peter Allan said: “The charges brought in this case are extremely serious and were only brought against four people in England and Wales during 2016. Nigel Pelham used Facebook to express some truly offensive views, with no understanding of how serious his actions were. Many people see social media as a harmless and sometimes faceless place to air their opinions. However, I hope this shows we will not tolerate this type of behavior and will act when someone reports their concern about what someone is posting.
“I hope the sentence handed down by the court on Friday acts as a deterrent to others and sends a reassuring message to those who may be directly targeted or are more widely affected by people’s use of social media to spread messages of fear and hate.
“I encourage people who witness such content, to report it to the provider of the social media platform, but such reports can also be made to us online.”
So what did Pelham post on his Facebook account? He suggested that Britain introduce a “bomb a Mosque day.”
Bad? Yes. Offensive? Probably. A crime? That’s where every citizen needs to take a stand and say “no.” The problem here is that a precedent is now set that Facebook users should and could be jailed for expressing opinions. This is subjugating the masses in the most terrible of ways.
The further issue is that the people of Britain are supporting it. They’ve been so indoctrinated that they can’t stop themselves from causing their own enslavement.
The Sussex police took to Twitter to brag about the conviction. Many responded by condemning the move.
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) June 20, 2017
Here’s some responses…
This places everyone’s freedom to speak out at risk for being jailed.
Author: Jim Satney
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