UK man faces more than a year behind bars for using Facebook ‘to express his hatred for Muslims’

As Twitchy reported, London was shocked by another apparent terror attack Sunday night when a van ran into a crowd of pedestrians outside of the mosque at Finsbury Park, killing one.

Darren Osborne was arrested and held on suspicion of the commission, preparation, and instigation of terrorism, attempted murder, and murder following the incident, but his fate won’t be known for a while.

Sussex Police, however, announced in an unrelated development Tuesday that Nigel Pelham, 50, had been sentenced Friday to serve 20 months for each of eight counts of using Facebook to publish threatening written material intended to stir up religious hatred against Muslims.

Sussex Police Hate Crime Sergeant Peter Allan said that Pelham had used Facebook between February and November of 2015 “to express some truly offensive views, with no understanding of how serious his actions were,” cautioning that police “will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will act when someone reports their concern about what someone is posting.”

The Argus reports that Pelham suggested Britain should introduce “bomb a mosque day” and invited his Facebook followers to “put a Muslim on top of a bonfire.”

Meanwhile, in Germany …

The New York Times reports:

In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism.

The raids come as Germans are debating the draft of a new social media law aimed at cracking down on hate speech, a measure that an array of experts said was unconstitutional at a parliamentary hearing on Monday.

Under German law, social media users are subject to a range of punishments for posting illegal material, including a prison sentence of up to five years for inciting racial hatred.

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