Well it seemed like a good idea at the time.

I’m referring to the Left’s propensity for restricting and criminalizing speech.  They thought that people with undesirable viewpoints could be silenced or locked up, and that way good people who believed all the correct dogmas wouldn’t have to waste time defending those beliefs but could get on with saving the world.

Just one problem – justice is blind, and the people who tend to say the most unpleasant things are the ones who wanted these laws in the first place.   And this leads us to the case of  Bahar Mustafa:

A university equality officer who allegedly tweeted ‘kill all white men’ must appear in court charged with sending a threatening message, it has been revealed.

Bahar Mustafa, a student union Welfare and Diversity Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London, has been charged after a complaint of ‘racially motivated malicious communication’.

This story is all kinds of funny and I’m wallowing in the schadenfrude right now, but the fact remains that the laws that led to this silly bint being arrested are wrong and need to be repealed.  Short of issuing credible threats of bodily harm or death no one, no matter how stupid, offensive or nasty should face charges for something they said.   Curiously this is a point understood by the likes of the Spectator, and Breitbart but not by Miss Mustafa herself:

Ms Mustafa explained that she could not be guilty of sexism or racism against white men “because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”

It’s pretty clear that she has no problem with criminalizing speech, she just thinks she should be exempt.  If imbecility is a defence to criminal allegations like insanity is, then Miss Mustafa has every chance of walking out of court a free woman.

h/t SDA

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