Woe be unto free speech in Britain…or anywhere else where liberals think that it is of more benefit to society that Muslims be protected from criticism than that we have a free exchange of ideas in our political debates. According to ChronicleLive and Breitbart News, police in Northumbria, Britain are in the middle on an investigation that has them tracking down social media users who made “offensive” comments about Muslims on the internet. This is of course one of the greatest sins you can commit in a tolerant, open society like Europe, and police aren’t playing around when it comes to punishing those responsible for these “potentially criminal” posts.
The investigation opened when police found comments on their Facebook page in response to article chronicling the recent Operation Shelter scandal. This scandal involved Muslim men from Newcastle grooming young white British girls for sex slavery, and it attracted the kind of less-than-tolerant comments you might expect. After someone complained about the comments – some of which (the horror!) noted the race and religion of the 18 men convicted of the crimes – police began tracking down the people responsible for the posts.
“As a result of a complaint, we can confirm we looked into a number of comments posted on the force’s Facebook page,” said a spokesperson for the police. “Following an investigation, which has now concluded, we spoke to two males as voluntary attenders and visited a further four people in their homes, and provided them with words of advice. All expressed their remorse and stated that the intention of their comments was not to cause concern or to be offensive and have acknowledged the words of advice provided.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people using social media that they should do so responsibly and ensure they do not post anything which could be considered offensive,” the spokesperson concluded.
While we’re encouraged by the fact that Northumbria police did not actually arrest and charge any of the commenters with a crime, the fact that they would even devote resources to this nonsense is a huge step in the wrong direction. Far be it from us to tell British authorities how to run their country, but if you can’t make some basic observations about the nature of Islam when Muslims are selling young British girls into sexual slavery…well, something is a little off-kilter, don’t ya think?
Thanks to the First Amendment, we don’t have to worry about this sort of thought policing coming to our shores, but you’d better damn believe the left would bring it here if they could.