In the wake of a soldier’s murder by two Muslim men in Woolwich, London, the British police seem to have taken political correctness to the extreme. Reports say police are arresting people in the middle of the night for making anti-Muslim comments on Twitter or Facebook.
Three men were taken into custody, according to Business Insider, for using social media to criticize Muslims.
One man was charged with “malicious communications” on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports and, the other two were arrested under the Public Order Act on “suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.”
A police detective said of the arrests in a statement to the press:
The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.
These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.
People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.
The New York Times is reporting that Britain has been outraged over the brutality of the assault and noted the backlash:
The police and Muslim groups have said that there have been anti-Muslim episodes in many parts of the country, the most common involving derogatory messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
A number of arrests have been made, with criminal charges being leveled in some cases under laws against inciting racial or religious hatred, and Muslim community leaders have reported rising concern among the estimated 2.5 million Muslims in Britain.
“The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know: Something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger,” Prime Minister David Cameron said, after cutting short a European tour to return to London after the attack.
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