WTF UK? Man sentenced to 70 days in prison for Q’uran burning

April 18, 2011. Usually it’s those on the other side of the Atlantic pointing and wondering WTF at the goings on in the U.S. when it comes to this kind of shit.

The U.K. has different ideas about freedom of speech than we do here in the U.S. Considerably different.

According to the BBC, “A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle.”

WTF? It is described as a “hate crime.” So, is it a crime to hate someone for the beliefs which they hold? What kind of nonsense is this? Am I not permitted to hate Nazis for the beliefs they hold?

Islam is an obviously reprehensible, abhorrent stupid and backwards faith, well worthy of all the ridicule and disdain one can muster. But, even if it weren’t, expressing one’s opinion, however unpopular it may be, ought not to be a crime in any civilized society. So, I’m crossing the U.K. off the list of civilized societies. It is not civilized to enforce the convention that one set of people have a right not to be offended by the speech of another set of people with whom they disagree.

Faith is not a virtue, Islam is obviously idiotic and harmful, and saying so, by the action of burning a Q’uran ought to be well within the bounds of protected free speech in any civilization worthy of the name.

Today, Britannia, you fail.

Edit: OTOH, there may be more to the story than the BBC is reporting. However it’s still pretty WTF that anyone is charged with any crime for either burning a book or burning a poppy.

Buncha fucking savages, ya fuckin’ humans, I tell ya.

~ by scaryreasoner on April 19, 2011.

3 Responses to “WTF UK? Man sentenced to 70 days in prison for Q’uran burning”

  1. And here (Gainesville) we have a grandiose Twainoid character who finally and anticlimactically did burn a Quaran (kerosine accelerant added) to little local acclaim, but causing many deaths when believers were incensed so they killed people.

    • Yeah, I know. While I think the Gainesville Q’uran burner was an idiot (not because he burned a Q’uran, but for his stated reasons for doing so) it’s not really his fault that anyone was killed. Those doing the killing were not mindless automatons incapable of controlling themselves (at least, not more incapable than anyone else, in case we want to talk about free will… (we probably don’t.))

      Hamid Karzai has more to answer for on that front, and Christopher Hitchens does that subject more justice than I am able to do

  2. […] 19, 2011 — Yesterday I wrote a little bit about the guy in the UK who got arrested for burning a Q’uran Thunderfoot addresses the whole mess better than I am able to […]

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