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Free Speech: Except About Muslims

I’ve seen occasional articles over the last few years about people being arrested in Great Britain for comments made on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites that are critical of Muslims. The public murder of a British soldier by Muslims last month set off another wave of criticisms, resulting in more arrests. I read about three men who were all arrested, one being charged with “malicious communications” and the other two being charged with “inciting racial or religious hatred” under the Public Order Act.

A police statement about the arrests said, “These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community. People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.”

I didn’t used to think much of all this, attributing it to draconian law in Great Britain that stifles freedom of speech. […] → Keep reading