In the UK, after the Brussels attacks, the government proves there is no free speech in that country.
I don’t necessarily approve of what Matthew Doyle said after the Brussels attacks. What he said and tweeted may have been rude. But the fact that he was jailed for it is outrageous.
This man was arrested because he tweeted about speaking to a Muslim woman about the Brussels attacks.
According to the Telegraph, Doyle claimed his tweets made his encounter with the woman sound worse than it actually was.
“What everyone’s got wrong about this is I didn’t confront the woman,” he said. “I just said: ‘Excuse me, can I ask what you thought about the incident in Brussels?'”
“She was white, and British, wearing a hijab – and she told me it was nothing to do with her.
“I said ‘thank you for explaining that’ – and her little boy said goodbye to me as we went out separate ways.”
On Wednesday afternoon, he says, someone who’s been outraged by his comments “turned up at my door, gave me a load of abuse and tried to throw a punch at me.”
As for his more inflammatory tweets, Mr Doyle claims they’re intended as a joke, which people who know him would understand as “that’s absolutely not who I am.”
So there no mention of the British police having any interest in apprehending Doyle’s assailant who committed a real crime against him.
Doyle was arrested “on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.” But he never mentioned anything about the women’s race. He addressed her religion. The police are assuming that all Muslims are racial minorities. That’s racist! And the woman was white so there was no reason to accuse Doyle of saying anything about race.
But more importantly, Doyle is being punished for speech. We talk of the “free world” as including Britain and the rest of Western Europe. But the U.K. and most other countries have nothing like our First Amendment.
How many of our politicians wish we were more like the U.K.?