The other extreme: cops reading your every Tweet and Facebook post

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Some people thought it was an April Fool’s joke.  Turns out the Scottish cops are deadly serious. 

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There is clearly a middle ground.

There are things written on the Internet that are offensive and illegal no matter what the context.  When someone says they’ll come round and shoot you in the face, or lie in wait to rape your daughter, that doesn’t need the Police to define it illegal.

But it appears that if you want to express your views about certain matters, you could get in trouble.  By way of an example, you could post a statement where you think that Muslim women are oppressed, less free, subject to misogyny and should not be forced to wear restrictive and religiously prescribed clothing.

You could write that marrying off a 12 year old to a 40 year old man is simply culturally unacceptable.

But if you’re in Scotland, the police may decide you are inciting ill feeling and perhaps even violence by expressing such a view in public.

The end result is that free speech is being damaged to cater for a minority of people who have a non-Western way of living but somehow we all need to look the other way.

And if you don’t, you may get arrested.

Not only are we asked to be tolerant of other people’s needs while living as your neighbours, but you are also no longer allowed to express what you think about that in public.

And in Scotland, of all places.

 

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