The following should make all of us grateful for the freedom we have in this great nation, and, particularly on USMB, to express ourselves as we see fit. Not so in our anglophonic once-great sister nation. Author Melanie Phillips made the mistake of refering to the murders of the Israeli family as as 'morally depraved', and identified them as Arabs, in the UK Spectator. This is a "hate-crime" in the UK, and the (liberal) Guardian trumpeted the greivance. Part of the article is summarized below; note the last section, as it applies to the US. March 28, 2011 How I became a hate suspect Melanie Phillipss Articles 1. The Guardian devoted an entire story last weekend to the claim that I was being investigated by both the Press Complaints Commission and the police. The Bedfordshire police. 2. My crime apparently lay in what I had written on my Spectator blog about the massacre of Udi and Ruth Fogel and their three children, 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month-old Hadas, who had their throats cut at home in the Samarian neighbourhood of Itamar while most of them were asleep. 3. I had written about the moral depravity of the Arabs who almost certainly committed this atrocity - and also the savagery of the Palestinian Authority whose institutions incite hatred of Jews and the murder of Israelis, and which honours such murderers by naming streets and squares after them. 4. The complaint was that I had thus accused every single Arab in the world of being savage and depraved. This was totally absurd. As was obvious from the context, I was referring specifically to those Arabs behind the atrocity and those who incite and glorify such deeds. 5. And what on earth had this got to do with the Bedfordshire police? You may well ask. A clue was surely provided by the Muslim activist, Inayat Bunglawala, one of the PCC complainants, who raged that I had defamed the entire Arab people. 6. Hate-crime legislation, which has turned the police into a thin blue inquisition against dissent, provides such people with the means to smear their chosen targets, and encourages them to try to silence views with which they disagree.