There is a man in jail right now for teaching his dog to Heil Hitler.
This is, of course, in the UK. Where you can, apparently, go to jail for such a thing.
Not having learned from the entire free world gaping at this outrageous case of political correctness gone wild/fascistic, the UK is doubling-down on their quest to stop all hate, because if human history has taught us anything, it’s totally that we’re one oppressive law away from completely and totally regulating the sinful nature of the human heart, right?
The South Yorkshire Police Department recently urged citizens to join their effort to stop “non-crime hate incidents”.
I don’t know about you, but it would seem to me that a “non-crime hate incident” would not be something that concerns the police department.
And that as soon as police departments start trying to crack down on human emotions we have crossed over into some very dangerous territory. The term “Orwellian” has become a cliche but in this case, it is not only perfectly applicable, it’s downright literal. And granted that George Orwell was himself a Brit, there’s a good likelihood he’s rolling over in his grave outside some ornate historical church in the English countryside somewhere.
In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY pic.twitter.com/p2xf6OLoQZ
— SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) September 9, 2018
“In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing,” the South Yorkshire Thought Police write on Twitter. “Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it
As one can imagine, because the desire to live free still beats in the heart of every self-respecting Westerner, Twitter users were less than thrilled.
So just to be clear: you want me to phone the police when there hasn't been a crime but someone's feelings have been hurt?
— Wings Over Scotland (@WingsScotland) September 10, 2018
This tweet has offended me & left me feeling quite hurt. Can you take one of your officers off an actual serious criminal case & investigate this instead please?
— Gary Hynds (@GaryHynds) September 10, 2018
Please can I ask what you do with any information reported in this way? Do you store it? Do you keep a file on people's (legal but possibly hateful) activities? Can you not see the Stasi-esque implications of your tweet?
— Daniel Blanche (@sgingerthoughts) September 11, 2018
That is an excellent and valid question that I think many Yorkshire citizens would like to see answered. How about it @syptweet?
— Ubi Libertas (@UbiLibertas) September 11, 2018
Your Tweet is a hate crime, a hate crime against decent, honest taxpayers, while you do nothing about burglary, stabbings, shootings, acid attacks, car crime, terror, rapes, murders. #HateHurtsSY
— liarpoliticians (@liarpoliticians) September 11, 2018
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the South Yorkshire Police Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/r2O0xVRuVl
— Rich Hawkins (@RichHawkins4) September 11, 2018