Gaze not on beauty too much, lest it blast thee; nor too long, lest it blind thee; nor too near, lest it burn thee. If thou like it, it deceives thee; if thou love it, it disturbs thee; if thou hunt after it, it destroys thee. If virtue accompany it, it is the heart's paradise; if vice associate it, it is the soul's purgatory. It is the wise man's bonfire, and the fool's furnace.
- Quarles, English Poet (1592-1644)
A student who admitted posting racially offensive comments on Twitter about footballer Fabrice Muamba has been jailed for 56 days.
Swansea University student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, admitted inciting racial hatred over remarks about the Bolton Wanderers player, who collapsed during a FA Cup tie at Tottenham.
A district judge in Swansea called the comments “vile and abhorrent”.
Muamba, 23, who suffered a cardiac arrest, is still in intensive care.
Okay, so the guy drops an n-bomb, which is totally unacceptable in polite society (unless of course, you’re a black rapper and then you can say it 60 times in a 3 minute song and no one will bat an eye) and the guy is laughing at a player who collapsed, hoping the guy’s dead, wishing AIDS on people, suggesting people should have sex with dogs, etc., no doubt about it the tweets are vile and you’ll notice even he realizes that he’s crossed the line as he starts claiming his account got hacked in the video of his timeline below . . .
I see far worse from @REALBROTHER0003 on a daily basis with his hateful rants and slurs against white people, but as far as Liam Stacey goes, that’s pretty embarrasing to see someone tweeting that kind of garbage, but how the hell is that a crime? If there were laws against saying stupid things, half our politicians would be in jail right now.
You want to qualify it as breaking the law by engaging in hate speech? How about letting this idiot make his racist rant and subjecting him to the best sort of justice of all, the ridicule of the 90% of the world who find his tweets ridiculous and completely inappropriate.
You start putting people in prison for 56 days over what they tweeted, no matter how insensitive or racist it might be, and we are well on our way into the Orwellian nightmare.
Free speech is dead. Next stop? Thoughtcrime.