Freedom of speech doesn’t exist on the internet anymore, or at least not on Facebook for that matter. You may disagree or agree with someone’s statements, they may make you mad, but if 2017 is proving to be the year where you can’t make a statement on the internet without being targeted, arrested or prosecuted anymore, then the world has become a serious place indeed.
I wonder if in a few years we will have to claim ‘sarcasm’ in court when one re-reads comments to a news article.
In the UK yesterday, a man was arrested for bragging on Facebook about his willingness to kill any Muslim and sharing a video of someone peeing on the Koran. I tend to agree that it is not very nice to offend anyone’s personal belief system, but must immediately state in addition that the gentlemen did not carry out any act, simply typed up his thoughts.
Mr. Eric King, 63 years old, said in the post which got him arrested: ‘Islam needs to be wiped off the face of the earth, if that means killing all Muslims, so be it’.
His personal page then issued a full post on September 15: ‘Why are we being forced to accept all these immigrants, they are the scum of the world I hate every one of them, I have no worries about ending the life of any Muslim, they are more than happy to end the lives of all white people, the day is coming when we the white true people of the UK will revolt and take the country back.’
The official police statement: ‘A 63-year-old man from St Austell was arrested on suspicion of publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious/sexual orientation hatred. ‘
Mr. King has since been released with an investigation pending and further inquiries to be made soon.
I don’t tend to agree with Mr. King’s statements, but as I have repeated many times on these pages, I tend to agree with freedom of speech very much. The UK government seems to be taking a different view on that subject lately.