Thursday, October 19, 2006

So much for 'free speech' in Britain

If there was any doubt left: Man convicted for anti Muslim banner

A protest in London against the publication of a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist incensed an Aberporth man, who painted an anti-Muslim slogan on a white sheet and draped it over his garden fence.

The words in bold red paint stated: "Kill all Muslims who threaten us and our way of life. Enoch Powell was right."
Harshly put, but his opinion, right?

Yeah, for which he was arrested and prosecuted for 'religiously aggravated disorderly conduct'.

He had some good questions for the court, I think:
And referring to MP Jack Straw questioning whether Muslim women should wear face veils he asked: "Are you going to arrest him?"

When prosecutor Maggie Hughes pointed out that the banner did not mention extremists Mathewson said: "That's what I meant by those who threaten us and our way of life.'"

Adding that during the protest in London a Muslim was dressed as a suicide bomber he asked: "Why was he not arrested?"

As to who complained, it was a neighbor. Why?
One of his neighbours, a retired Army officer with 23 years service, told the court he reported the matter to the police because he feared a visit from Muslim extremists.
"This could have come to the attention of Islamic extremists, and we could have had a visitation," he said.

There it is, nice and simple and out front: If you upset the muslims they may come here and burn down the place. And kill us.

Prosecute the muslims who demand death for anyone who offends them? Good Lord, no, what kid of racist are you? But say something that might upset their tender feelings? Off to jail with you, sir; we don't allow that kind of thing here.

I think the term is 'travesty of justice'.

Additional: I forgot to note the words of the magistrate: Finding Mathewson guilty presiding magistrate Anne Rees said she and her colleagues felt the words on the banner were likely to cause someone distress, and they did not find it as reasonable.
Oh, God, words that might 'cause distress', that an official 'doesn't find reasonable...

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