Recently, Ubaydullah Hussain (he’s kind of our Norwegian Muslim ISIS-cheerleader) was persecuted for inciting terrorism, but was aquitted. And for a good reason too, as all he was doing was cheering each time the terrorists performed a successful attack, and hoping that Allah rewards them with Paradise. The courts decided the law can’t be applied so vaguely, and cheering when someone dies is not illegal, or incitement of terrorism. His words might be offensive, but those are his opinions and nothing more. This persecution case is actually very similar to my boyfriend’s.
But I’m surprised over how many people in the comments section were disappointed he didn’t go to jail. There are several reasons why I think they should change their mind.
- Don’t people realize that it was THEIR constitutional, humanist values that won the day when Ubaydullah Hussain was acquitted?
- You don’t have to respect the man to respect his rights. Because he doesn’t have more or fewer than you, no matter how much you hate him. Respecting his rights is respecting your own.
- It’s funny to wish jail on this guy, but tolerate other people cheering for other types of violence. The acceptable types of violence. It’s ok to cheer if your country beats up ISIS or some other dictator (accidentally killing a bunch of civilians – it always happens), it’s ok to cheer if someone is beaten into a pulp cuz they punched their dog, it’s ok to cheer if a pedophile is raped in prison. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel sorry for those people anyway. On the other side of the border, your opponent has a family too, and they’ll hate your guts if you bomb them. And they’ll cheer if your family is killed back. What violence is ok to cheer for, is kinda subjective.