British man charged with making 'anti-religious' comments on Facebook
Because it just wouldn't do to upset the sensibilities of those who might wish to cut your head off.
A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.
Benjamin Flatters, from Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.
He was charged with an offence of malicious communications this afternoon in relation to the comments, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.
A second man was visited by officers and warned about his activity on social media, the spokesman added.
As an American, I have a hard time imagining how that warning conversation would have gone. I also have difficulty in grasping the duties and responsibilities of the "officers" who visited him. Do they have a job title? Something like "Protectors against blasphemers?"
Flatters has been remanded in police custody and will appear before magistrates in Lincoln tomorrow.
The charge comes after two men were earlier released on bail following their arrest for making alleged offensive comments on Twitter about the murder.
Complaints were made to Avon and Somerset Police about remarks that appeared on the social networking website, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.
Let's be realistic. How offensive can you get when you can only use 140 characters? Such pithiness on the part of the offenders should land them a writing job somewhere.
But it gets worse - and a lot scarier:
A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Bristol, were held under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.
Detective Inspector Ed Yaxley, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: 'On Wednesday evening, we were contacted by people concerned about comments made on social media accounts.
'We began inquiries into the comments and at around 3.20am two men, aged 23 and 22, were detained at two addresses in Bristol.
The knock on the door came at 3:20 AM? What is going on here? They couldn't wait until morning? Come to think of it, why not issue a summons and if they don't appear, then you could arrest the bigots.
Positively Hitlerian. One wonders if they use such Gestapo tactics when arresting Muslims for "anti-religious" speech. (Do they even arrest Muslims for anti-religious speech?)
Gestapo tactics? Read this and tell me it doesn't sound like some secret policeman issuing a warning:
People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.'
Where is Heinrich Himmler when you need him?