Muslim Police Chief Says ‘Offending Culture, Religion And Tradition’ Not Protected As Free Speech

Source: Muslim Police Chief Says ‘Offending Culture, Religion And Tradition’ Not Protected As Free Speech – Breitbart

A Muslim Police Chief Inspector for Greater Manchester has indicated that, according to his understanding, “Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of offending culture, religion or tradition”.

Chief Inspector Umer Khan made the statement on social media this weekend, and was immediately questioned by alarmed free speech campaigners.

He then apologised to those defending the right to be offensive for any “offence cause”, and argued that, “free speech should be used to promote tolerance & respect all.”

“[The statement regarding free speech] was a thought after a moving visit to Auschwitz”, he added.

When asked if Mr. Khan and the police force generally support the right to offend religious beliefs, the Greater Manchester Police press office told Breitbart London: “I don’t think we support anyone who would want to say anything offence[sic]”.

“It’s a storm in a tea cup… It’s about promoting tolerance, freedom of speech, that’s all he meant with it. He didn’t mean for it to be taken in an offensive way at all… it’s ironic, freedom of speech is what he’s now getting in trouble for”, the press office added.

A Greater Manchester Police Spokesperson added in an official statement: “A GMP Chief Inspector made a post on a personal Twitter account which has been taken out of context.

“He has apologised for any concern caused, which wasn’t the intention and has deleted the post.”

However, a writer at the Godless Spell Checker blog, which first reported Mr. Khan’s tweet, gave a well rehearsed argument for why “offending’” religion is important, and not always a “hate crime”.

“Of course, any thinking person knows that [offending dogma is] exactly what freedom of speech means. Speech can never truly be ‘free’ unless it includes the right to say things some people may not enjoy hearing.

“Indeed, the right to ‘blaspheme’, mock sacred cows and challenge taboos is what has led to progress in any civil society. The price for this has always been ‘offense’. And the great thing about ‘offense’ is that it’s cheap.

“By Umer Khan’s understanding, we are not free to offend people who endorse FGM, denigrate gay people as ‘sinners’ or think the appropriate punishment for adultery is death by stoning. It’s their ‘culture’, ‘tradition’ and ‘religion’ after all.”

Mr. Khan has been a police officer for more than twenty years, yet this re-interpretation of free speech comes at a time when British police are increasing their efforts to prosecute any “offensive” posts made on social media.

Just this week, a man from North Lanarkshire was arrested and detained for making a comedy video of his dog acting like a Nazi. According to the Daily Mail, police said the arrest should be a warning that videos which cause offence will not be tolerated.

In April this year, Glasgow Police threatened social media users, ordering them to be “kind” and not “hurtful” unless they wanted to “receive a visit… this weekend”.


In the new UK, where a radical Muslim who Defended 9/11 Terrorists is the mayor of London, and Muslim police chiefs believe Islam is exempt from free speech, Muslims can threaten to behead political candidates without consequence: Aftab Ahmed sentence for UKIP beheading threat quashed – BBC News.

15 Responses

  1. If someone is “offended”, it’s because they choose to be. Please don’t try to force your choices on me. I will resist.

  2. England, you have fallen so far.

  3. I can’t speak for another country, but the founding fathers in the US wanted to protect free speech that others might find offensive. If everyone agrees with what you say then your speech doesn’t need to be defended. The amendment defending free speech was written to specifically cover speech that might be found offensive.

  4. Countries living within Western Civilization guidelines with Freedom of Speech as a cherished right in civil society must band together to remove from savages refusing to accept the customs and norms of their host. If extreme Muslims refuse to assimilate, the host country must kick their asses out and this includes the mentally challenged Muslim Police Chief Inspector for Greater Manchester, Umer Khan. By the way, why does England even allow and accept an authority that polices society for any offenses against Islam.The Liberal Socialists running England at this time are so silly stupid and the reason for the downfall of their country.

  5. Shades of Dearborn, MI.

  6. So then … The police chief will be arresting all Muslim protesters shouting, “Jesus is a Muslim” – “Islam will rule the world” – and my personal favorite (shouted to Brits), “Get out, Brittian is ours now!”.

    Yeah … You don’t need to tell me “NOT” to hold my breath or say, “That’s not happening”!

  7. If it works both ways then to me it’s OK.
    Only it never does, never will, and I’m probably a racist for even saying that.

    • @PM – Islam isn’t a race, so you are not a racist. Islam is a “Totalitarian Ideaoligy”.

  8. I’ll say what I want when I want and he can kiss my sit-down!!

    • @Pathfinder0100 – No he’ll just have you put in prison; which won’t be a blessing with Muslims running the lrisons; Or, he’ll have you beheaded.

  9. This so called cop is SO WRONG…

  10. Wrong country asshole. Western countries CAN speak out against Islam and all it entails without breaking THEIR countries laws!

  11. I’m so sick of islamists I want to barf in my mouth!! Muzzle this miscreant misfit murdering mooooooooooooooslim BASTARD (Heb 12:8)!

    • Ok, so here we have just one more prime example of an arrogant son-of-a-btch parading around like a peacock cause “He’s sooo SUPERIOR”!! I can’t believe we don’t hear more about atrocities coming from Britain. There’s no doubt that ‘we ain’t seen nothin’ yet’!!! To be sure, this “protected” free-speech only applies to muslims who CURSE the infidels EVERY TIME THEY GO TO MOSQUE!!!! It’s a known fact that MUZZLUM “PRAYERS” consist of no more and no less than CURSES against Christians, Jews and all non-muslims! Yeah, that’s totally a given….So maybe we ought to nail this sick lyin’ son-of-a-btch BASTARD to that kind of “free-speech” and see how he manages to weasel his way of it….

    • What is an Islamist?

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