A 50-year-old man from Sussex, England, was just sentenced to 20 months in prison for posting his personal views about Muslims on Facebook. The Sussex police bragged about their accomplishment and warned others thinking about posting personal opinions that the police “will not tolerate this type of behavior and will act.”
The case against Nigel Pelham began in 2015 after police were tipped off to his “anti-Muslim commentary” online, which included “put a Muslim on top of a bonfire” and suggesting the UK launch a “bomb a Mosque day.” Pelham was charged with “eight counts of publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims on dates between February 24 and November 16, 2015 on his own Facebook account,” according to a statement by Sussex Police. It is noted that the charge is so rare, they had to get approval from the attorney general.
In addition to his nearly two-year sentence, police said Pelham has to pay a “£100 victim surcharge and has had two hard drives and his tower computer confiscated.”
Sussex’s Police Hate Crime Sergeant — yes, they have one of those — Peter Allan made an example of Pelham to warn other citizens that the department is in crackdown mode and looking for offensive writings online:
Nigel Pelham used Facebook to express some truly offensive views, with no understanding of how serious his actions were. Many people see social media as a harmless and sometimes faceless place to air their opinions, however I hope this shows we will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will act when someone reports their concern about what someone is posting.
I hope the sentence handed down by the court on Friday acts as a deterrent to others and sends a reassuring message to those who may be directly targeted or are more widely affected by people’s use of social media to spread messages of fear and hate.
I encourage people who witness such content, to report it to the provider of the social media platform, but such reports can also be made to us online.
Allan noted that similar charges have been brought against four other people in England and Wales in 2016.
And this isn’t just happening in Jolly ol’ England. TruthRevolt Editor Mark Tapson reported this week on German police raiding the homes of 36 people who posted “hateful” things on social media. Leftists would love to follow a similar model and introduce it in the United States.
Sussex Police received pushback on its Twitter page after posting about Pelham's sentence: