With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech

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Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent‘s James Bloodworth reported last week, “around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online.”

But the persecution is by no means viewpoint-neutral. It instead is overwhelmingly directed at the country’s Muslims for expressing political opinions critical of the state’s actions.

To put it mildly, not all online “hate speech” or advocacy of violence is treated equally. It is, for instance, extremely difficult to imagine that Facebook users who sanction violence by the UK in Iraq and Afghanistan, or who spew anti-Muslim animus, or who call for and celebrate the deaths of Gazans, would be similarly prosecuted. In both the UK and Europe generally, cases are occasionally brought for right-wing “hate speech” (the above warning from Scotland’s police was issued after a polemicist posted repellent jokes on Twitter about Ebola patients).

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  1. The problem is that many people came to Britain from Muslim lands. These people would have enormous numbers of people all sharing one apartment. Basically, as long as they keep the peace they were welcomed. Mostly taking on jobs no one else wanted.
    Now, these numbers of Muslims in what is basically an opposing Christian society and government have people scared.
    Things happen like bombs in a bus terminal in London. That happened in 2005 when I was there for a family member’s funeral.
    The problem being they have brought the violence of their previous land with them.
    Well, when they become a problem then what Britain needs to do is send them back to where they came from along with their families.
    Britain does not have the guts to do it.
    So they are taking any excuse and any opportunity to put these Muslims in jail.
    When one subscribes to violence as an answer, then peaceful people everywhere are going to rise up and demand they be expelled from the country permanently.
    When everyone is wrong and you are right, sometimes it is necessary to review your actions.
    Letting these people emigrate to England was a big mistake on someone’s part.
    England is isolated enough to simply put them all on planes and send them all home. The expense of doing so is what stops them.
    We are talking about millions of people here. But by their culture and religion, these people conflict with other people everywhere. When that happens there is no choice left. When people do violence against innocent civilians then it is time to expel the lot of them.
    In the meantime, there are a whole lot of people that have emigrated that did make it. They are a credit to their culture and beliefs.
    It is very sad. Because those innocent people will also have to pay the price of the violent few.

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