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Anti-Muslim Blogger to be Arrested in UK

A crank right-wing blogger in the UK by the name of “Lionheart” claims he has received word that he is to be arrested on suspicion of “stirring up racial hatred” for his virulent and obsessive anti-Muslim blog. The blogger concerned is deeply unpleasant; here’s a taster, chosen more or less at random (he’s easy to find on-line, but I’m not linking him):

In Luton we have a very large Pakistani Moslem encampment that has evolved over the last 40 years into a mini Islamic state with all the ingredients needed for it to be a state within a state within Britain. The Pakistani forbearers of this community were welcomed into our country to work alongside our forefathers in local industry to earn money to provide food, shelter and clothing for their dependents, just like the average British citizen. Little did the British public realize about the beast ‘Islam’ they were welcoming with open arms into their midst… The only way you can conquer another land and people is by military force, the first Pakistani Islamic religious leaders who arrived here would have known this fact and would have encouraged the first welcomed invaders to raise up from amongst them an army of young men who can defend this new Islamic community in this foreign land and when the time is right to rise up and conduct Jihad for Islam and conquer the Nation.

Etc, etc. Unsurprisingly, he also advises us to “get wise and vote B.N.P.” Apparently the police claim they are acting on a complaint received; once they have investigated, they will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to bring charges. Possibly the police will be reluctant – in November 2006 two leaders of the BNP were acquitted of the same charge after making anti-Islamic speeches. Tim Worstall puts the liberal free-speech view:

My view on this is pretty simple: other than libel and incitement to violence (which includes that shouting “Fire” in a crowded theatre thing) we’ve a right to say anything we damn well please without fear of the law. I also realise that this isn’t quite what the law itself says, but then that’s an error with the law, not with the right to free speech.

I concur with this, although of course this begs the question as to what we mean exactly by “libel” and “incitement to violence”. Might it not be libellous to suggest that the first Muslim leaders from Pakistan plotted to overthrow the UK by violence? Might it not also encourage certain individuals to go out and physically attack Muslims in the area? Perhaps, but without direct calls for violence (which Lionheart insists he has not made), where do we draw the line? And is it fair that we should only find out after the authorities decide it has been crossed? One wonders what public good is served, especially after the BNP trial fiasco. I would prefer it if the law treated citizens like reasonable adults and merely made it clear that those who allow themselves to become incited by this kind of rubbish will face serious consequences. Indeed, given that there is no practical way to stem the flow of inflammatory writing from abroad, this is the only sensible way to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, news of the arrest has prompted the expected conspiracy-mongering from bloggers on the anti-Muslim right, with the whole thing seen as a plot by Islam to take over the UK. The fact that extremist Muslims have been jailed under the same laws is either ignored or played down; and of course I doubt that many of these sudden defenders of free speech would feel particularly bothered if a blogger targeting some other group got the same treatment.

UPDATE (10 Jan): More here and here.

7 Responses

  1. Interesting post on this. We will fight for Lionheart!
    Lionheart is no “nutter”. He has never advocated any violence towards Muslims. You should read more of his work. He is on the ground in Luton, North of London. He has been actively exposing the massive heroin and crack cocaine gang that practically if not literally, controls this small city.

    This gang happens to be run by Muslims from Pakistan. Many in the gang are also involved with forcing young non-Muslim girls into sex-slavery and prostitution, many as young as 13.

    Lionheart helped the police put away a gang leader for murder. After this, he started getting death threats. And the police won’t help him at all.

    This is “nutter” behavior? Exposing violent drug gangs and child prostituion is “nutter” behavior? Trying to save the future of your country is “nutter” behavior?

    I think not. I want to think that the Left-wing “nutters” are still against violent crime and child sex-slavery and prostitution.

    Imagine if all the Anti-Christian writers were subject to arrest for exposing the daily acts of terrorism on this planet inspired by the words of The Bible.

    “Sudden defenders of Free speech”? You’re way off, the so-called Right is much more for Free speech the Left. Some on The Right may scream at the Left and call them traitors, but they never advocate locking them up for their views. They are not afraid to debate. Btw, many of them vehemently supported Kareem when he was arrested and continue to support him now. …

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  2. …including Michelle Malkin, Atlas Shrugs, Rush and other evil “Right-Wing Nutters”
    This ‘Racial & Religious Hatred Act’ in the UK is a load of crap. Hopefully it will be scrapped someday when the lawyers start being pressured to use it against Islam’s obvious and much more virulent hate speech.

    This planned arrest is terrible news for Lionheart, Britain and the world. Probably the Luton Pakistani Muslim Heroin and crack gangs who he has helped expose pressured the dhimmi pigs to arrest him.

    Too many in the dhimmidiot government in Britain are pathetic and corrupt. The EU is showing itself to be very evil in practice as well as most misguided and extremely stupid and ignorant of reality.

    This suppression of free speech will actually cause more violence and hatred of course. This case will also serve to educate the masses even more about the evils of Sharia and the importance of standing up to Islam.

    This must be made very public, we should all tell all our friends about this. Spread the word! God bless Lionheart, I believe he will prevail. The lawyers MUST start fighting more.

    We should tell all the Radio Gods about this. Maybe they’ll rant about it on their shows.

    . absurd thought – God of the Universe says outlaw most bloggers

    license all the rest monitor their writing

    . absurd thought – God of the Universe says eliminate FREE speech

    the truth may not be spoken if criminals are exposed

    . absurd thought – God of the Universe says outlaw self-defense

    exposing violent crimes shall be deemed hate speech

    . absurd thought – God of the Universe loves corrupt politicians

    offer immigrants welfare get their votes to keep your jobs

    . absurd thought – God of the Universe says be traitorous garbage

    just destroy your country screw your great-granddaughter .

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    :) .

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