True, it’s not the United States and there’s no First Amendment, but still the United Kingdom is mostly a free society.
And most violent acts that injure are prosecuted.
But not when Islam is involved, apparently.
Which has gotten the government called out for having a double standard.
Breitbart, for example, has reported the two different levels of enforcement have led to an online backlash, as commentators decry the police for focusing on “hate speech” enforcement while acid attacks, terror attacks and female genital mutilation case apparently are ignored.
The crackdown on speech to which Muslim object is in full view.
Police in Wiltshire, England, recently demonstrated that, tweeting that those who “spew abuse” on the Internet “can’t hide from us.”
“You can’t hide from us if your [sic] spewing abuse from behind a computer screen. Our boys & gals in blue will find you,” the full tweet read.
You can’t hide from us if your spewing abuse from behind a computer screen. Our boys & gals in blue will find you #999WhatsYourEmergency
— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) July 24, 2017
But at the same time, the Telegraph reports, prosecutors are declining to pursue cases of female genital mutilation as they believe it would lead to “Islamophobia.”
The West Midlands police stated on social media that they were against “prosecuting/jailing” parents who had their children mutilated as it would be “unlikely to benefit” the victims of the crime.
Jane Collins MEP, the Home Affairs spokesman for UKIP, blasted the West Midlands Police for the tweet, saying: “It is in the best interests of everyone that this child abuse is eradicated. I cannot envisage a situation where the mutilation of a young girl which causes physical and psychological trauma, would result in a decision not to prosecute.
“It is only by prosecuting – and I agree with the Commons Home Affairs select committee that it is a ‘national scandal’ there has yet to be a successful prosecution in the U.K. since 1985 when it was made illegal – that people will realize we will not live in a country with more than one set of laws,” Collins continued.
The U.K. had 5,000 new female genital mutilation cases in the past year alone, but there has been a complete absence of convictions.
Don’t try to speak, though, if it’s critical of Islam.
After the London Bridge attack, British law-enforcement social media accounts made it clear they would go after those who posted anti-Muslim content on the Internet.
“Hate crime can take many forms including verbal or online abuse on social media. If you see it, report it,” police in Cheshire, a county in northwest England, tweeted in the aftermath of the attack.
British police arrested 25 people for “hate crimes” following the attack that killed eight and wounded another 48. Meanwhile, 12 potential terrorists arrested in connection with the London attack and 22 arrested in connection with the similar Manchester terror attack in May were released without charge.
“Hate speech” laws in the U.K. restrict expression of “hatred” toward someone based on their “colour, race, disability, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, or sexual orientation,” as well as any communication which is abusive or intended to harass someone.
Penalties can include both fines and/or imprisonment.
Former Department of Homeland Security official Phil Haney, author of “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” told WND he believes there is certainly a crackdown on speech critical of Islam in the U.K., and that this crackdown is also a “global project.”
Haney noted in particular a document written by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, a bloc of 57 Muslim countries headquartered in Saudi Arabia.
The “Sixth OIC Observatory Report on Islamophobia: October 2012-2013,” is a 94-page document that claims to offer “a comprehensive picture of Islamophobia as it exists mainly in contemporary Western societies.”
According to the Gatestone Institute, the primary objective of the OIC “has long been to pressure Western countries into passing laws that would ban ‘negative stereotyping of Islamophobia.'”
Multiple attempts have been made at the United Nations to impose those very restrictions on speech in the West.
Haney noted the U.N. Resolution 16/18, which encourages nations to criminalize speech against a person’s religious views.
The United States currently has no “hate speech” laws, but the concept is increasingly becoming mainstream, especially in leftist-controlled areas.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city government recently set up a “hate speech” hotline to report suspected hate crimes, including “speech.”
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND previously that such hotlines were “a denial of free speech and the very definition of government censorship.”
Get the stunning “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” by former DHS official Phil Haney.