Islam4UK Goons Advocating Death Penalty for Gays found Guilty
You know, it's hard to express disdain for the fact that there's no freedom of speech in the UK when those convicted under a fascist "hate law" ... are even bigger fascists.When one finds oneself agreeing with Anjem Choudary on anything, then truly one has reason to weep.
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Three British Muslim men were found guilty on Friday of stirring up hatred by distributing leaflets calling for the death of homosexuals in what prosecutors said was a landmark case. The men, from Derby, had posted and handed out pamphlets near their local mosque with the title "Death Penalty?" featuring a mannequin hanging from a noose and saying gay people would to go to hell. The leaflets were part of a protest by a group of Muslim men against a forthcoming Gay Pride parade in the city. Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed became the first people in Britain to be found guilty under a law introduced in 2010 making it an offence to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Serious, it's a sad day when a "democracy" outlaws purely political speech. Even at the height of the Cold War it was legal to advocate stupid & legal things, like communism. And the legal standard by which the men were convicted? Feelings:
The jury at Derby Crown Court heard how one witness had felt he was being targeted and feared he would be burned, said Sue Hemming from the Crown Prosecution Service.As you know, I'm no extremist when it comes to the First Amendment nor am I an advocate of an absolute right to speech which trumps, say, the right of a country to defend itself. But advocating for the death penalty for gays is not the same as supporting enemies in a time of war. That our enemies might also believe that is incidental. Plenty of our alleged "allies" already have the death penalty for gays. For instance, Saudi Arabia. If anything, we should be encouraging the followers of Anjem Choudary and others in the "Islam4" movement around the globe to say things like this more often and more openly. Stupid hate speech laws only make it easier for the public to make believe that sharia law isn't a threat to essential and fundamental liberties. Cases like this just make the true enemies of freedom look like victims. Anjem Choudary, who doesn't actually believe in free speech, gets to stand up and make pronouncements about the West's hypocrisy on this essential freedom. And for once, he's right. Any law that puts Anjem Choudary and those who would literally do away with such basic liberties such as freedom of speech & religion on the right side of it, is a law that needs immediate repealing.