(Natural News) The United Kingdom’s Sentencing Council has proposed Orwellian new guidelines that would make it a criminal offense to engage in free speech online whenever doing so might offend people who aren’t white or who belong to the cult of LGBT.
Reports reveal how the Sentencing Council is actively advocating that the perpetrators of online “hate” posts, as it’s calling them, be sentenced to prison time. Social media users who share or even just comment on posts dealing with race or LGBT issues, for instance, would face a minimum six-month prison sentence, while the authors of such posts would face up to three years in prison.
Pretty much any online content that’s deemed as in any way contributing to the “stirring” up of hatred towards racial, religious, or sexual “minority” groups is potentially subject to the harsh punishments being pushed by the U.K.’s Sentencing Council as part of its continued efforts to control what people say and do online.
How the Council plans to determine what constitutes “hate” speech, whether or not it actually threatens or in any way contributes to possible violence against other people, or even who the originators of such posts actually are remains ambiguous – all of which illustrates the utter importance of First Amendment rights here in the United States.
“The recommendations, which will be subject to a three-month consultation, come at a time of deepening sensitivity to racism and abuse about sexuality online,” explains the Daily Mail Online.
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“The council’s proposals say the most serious hate offences include speeches given by public figures with the aim of stirring up hatred, online content inciting violence towards racial or religious groups, and websites that publish abusive and insulting material to a worldwide audience over a long period.”