Once again, I am so happy I live under the umbrella of the First Amendment:
Liam Stacey, a student who mocked footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a match, was jailed today for inciting racial hatred.
Stacey, 21, provoked revulsion with comments made while the Bolton Wanderers star still lay on the pitch.
The 23-year-old midfielder was left fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack during an FA Cup tie on March 17.
Horrified fans watched live on TV as he fell to the ground during the quarter-final clash at Tottenham Hotspur.
Police were inundated with complaints as members of the public reported the student’s comments.
Last week he admitted inciting racial hatred when he appeared briefly at Swansea Magistrates’ Court and today he was jailed for 56 days at the same court.
You can see his tweeets here. There’s not really a question that they are racist, sexist, offensive and stupid. However, “inciting racial hatred” is a stretch at best. No one was going to start a race riot over his tweets. They offended people. And while I noted last week that there is no universal right to not be offended, the government of Britain clearly thinks that there is.