Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion has been blogging (here, here and here) about Lionheart, a British blogger who is claiming that he is under threat of arrest by British police for the crime of inciting racial hatred.
Inevitably, this is being presented by some as an assault on free speech and further evidence that Britain is being taken over by Islamist extremists determined to undermine and overthrow “the British Way of Life”. This is, of course, utter nonsense. For one thing, the same law that is (allegedly) being used against “Lionheart” has also been used against Muslims.
I can understand why some folk think that our incitement to racial hatred laws are not a good idea, but to suggest that they represent some kind of capitulation to an Islamic threat is, frankly, ludicrous. Like it or not, British law makes it an offence to publish “material intended or likely to stir up racial hatred”. (You can look it up if you’ve a mind to: Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33))
Sadly No has been kind enough to trawl Lionheart’s blog for evidence of this kind of stuff. Examples include
Do you want your children to become Pakistani Muslim drug and sex slaves? It is each of our individual and collective responsibilities to act now before it is too late….
This is the Islamic enemy my community and country is faced with and the Moslem enemy which has forced my community into â€˜Dhimmitudeâ€™. Things can only get worse from now unless action is taken and this Pakistani Moslem communityâ€™s actions are stamped out. …
There are gangs of Moslem rapists and murderers walking the streets terrorising our societyâ€¦Do we give in like most of Europe and accept the Islamification of our Nation? Or do we stand up and fight with every last drop of blood declaring â€˜No Surrenderâ€™ no matter what the cost? …
The next generation will have â€˜noâ€™ option but to go to war with Islam unless appropriate action is taken now in this generation. …
That’s enough of that. Whether these words are an incitement to hatred, I’ll leave you to judge. To me, it looks as though the whole thing is being stirred up by Lionheart himself and some equally idiotic supporters who love to present themselves as persecuted minorities suffering for the truth.
The reality is that Lionheart and others like him are fearful and deluded, terrified by change, covering their fear with a self-aggrandizing veneer of ‘heroic’ bluster. I pity him.