Freedom of speech in the West seems to be a dying concept. When governments make bad decisions and the citizens complain, they have two choices. Rectify the bad decision or shut down their citizens’ freedom of speech.
In another chilling example of how free speech is being criminalized, police in Scotland arrested a man after he made an “offensive” Facebook post about Muslim migrants arriving in his area.
Police Scotland confirmed today that they had arrested a 40-year-old man under the Communications Act for a post in which was critical of 12 Syrian families who recently arrived in the seaside town of Rothesay.
“I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” remarked Insp Ewan Wilson from Dunoon police office.
There was a time when speech that incited violence, or called for harm to be done to someone, was censored. Now, ‘offensive’ comments, which are totally subjective and comments that someone else considers hateful, are not only being censored: they are being criminalised.
That “message” is a shot across the bow for the 6,000 residents of the tiny Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, who are about to be inundated with around 1,000 migrants. Negative opinions about the influx will not be tolerated, despite a nationwide rape and crime epidemic that has followed the migrants to countries like Germany.
Citizens across Europe are now facing fines and imprisonment for speaking out against the millions of Muslim migrants flooding into the continent.
As we reported last week, a Danish man was convicted and fined for a Facebook post in which he compared the religion of Islam to Nazism.
Facebook has also teamed up with the German government and an ex-member of the Stasi to track down and punish Germans who make anti-migrant posts on social media.
A Dutch man also received a home visit from the police after he criticized his country’s open borders refugee policy as a “bad plan” on Twitter.
“You tweet a lot. We have orders to ask you to watch your tone. Your tweets may seem seditious,” the man was told.
Broadening online definitions of “harassment” and “hate speech” are now being met with real world consequences.
If all this isn’t scary enough, in Britain people are getting arrested for what they wear because someone, somewhere has arbitrarily decided that it is a political uniform.
The leaders of the political group Britain First, have been arrested under a law from the 1930s that bans the wearing of ‘political uniforms’.
Paul Golding, 34, and Jayda Fransen, 29, were questioned by police after the pair led a “Christian patrol” through Luton on 23 January.
They were detained on Monday (15 February) under the Public Order Act 1936, which was originally passed to control far-right political movements like Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (also known as the Blackshirts). It was also used against IRA and Sinn Fein demonstrations in the 1970s, even fining them from wearing berets in Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner.
…They are both banned from entering Luton and have been ordered to present themselves at a police station every Saturday. Fransen, who also had her Britain First lapel badge confiscated by detectives, claimed they were being harassed by the police and vowed to challenge the bail conditions in the courts.
She told IBTimes UK: “It begs the question as to whether Bedfordshire police will be taking similar action against Labour party activists wearing ‘Vote Labour’ T-shirts or those wearing a Conservative party rosette.”
An IBTimes UK interview saw Fransen warn “civil war” between British Muslims and Christians was coming to the UK…
Fransen said: “The bail conditions are inordinately restrictive and state that, not only are myself and Paul banned from entering Luton but we must also report to a specific police station every Saturday between 12noon and 14:00.
“The former of those conditions illustrates an unbridled desire to appease the Muslim community of Luton, several of whom attacked Britain First activists when we last visited the town. The latter exposes the utter contempt that Bedfordshire Police have for Britain First as a political party; by demanding that the leader and deputy leader must report to a police station on the most common day for political activity.”
Britain First … policies include wanting to bring back national service, completely halting immigration and reinstating the death penalty for paedophiles, terrorists and murderers.
…Fransen said: “The indigenous people in Britain don’t want their towns turned into Muslim ghettos. It doesn’t look like Britain anymore. Dewsbury has Islamic extremists coming out of the woodwork so we want to march through the town centre. I’m not concerned about any negative reaction, I’m concerned about my country. We always behave impeccably on the marches, it’s the opposition to us that’s the problem.”
…It was uncertain whether the arrest meant the group would be banned from wearing their branded clothing in the future.