UK Man Sentenced for ‘Offending’ Muslims
A man from Manchester in the United Kingdom has been sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order after posting comments that were said to be “grossly offensive” towards Muslims.
Stephen Bennett, 39, reportedly took to the Greater Manchester Police’s Facebook page to post comments “concerning an Asian woman” as well as another which was “likely to be offensive to Muslims.”
While the Greater Manchester Police refused to disclose the details of the case to Breitbart London, he is said to have also written: “Don’t come over to this country and treat it like your own. Britain first,” accordingto the Manchester Evening News.
The father of seven, whose mother-in-law and sister-in-law are Muslim, was visited at his home at 8 am by police officers who arrested him under the anti-free speech Malicious Communications Act. He is reported to have said to the officers: “Is this about that Muslim thing on Facebook? I’m getting locked up for sticking up for my own country.”
The legislation, brought forward under Tony Blair’s Labour government in 2003, states that a person is guilty of an offense if they “send by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” or “cause any such message or matter to be so sent.” It adds: “A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary
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