Scotland: Man Imprisoned for Painting “Islam Is Questionable” on His House
A man has been arrested and imprisoned in Scotland for painting the words “Islam is questionable” on his house, in what police officers claimed was a “breach of the peace”.
GRAHAM EVANS, who lives in Edinburgh, has just been released after five weeks in prison for painting the statement on his house, after he was found not guilty in court.
Mr Evans had over ten police officers visit his home last month, who arrested him on the spot for “breaching the peace” by writing “Islam is questionable”, “Brexit” and “Leave Means Leave” on his house.
The officers confirmed to Evans that the offending statement in particular was the phrase “Islam is questionable”, because it had ‘alarmed’ and ‘distressed’ the community.
He was then remanded in prison for five weeks until his trial, where the judge agreed that his painted statement was allowed as free speech and that Owens had broken no laws.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Evans said: “If I had picked any other word [besides Islam] I believe the police would never have been called. [We think Mr. Evans is definitely wrong on that point: If he had said Jews or Judaism are questionable, the state’s reaction would have been even more severe. — Ed.]
“Everything is questionable in my view but for some reason the minute anyone mentions Islam all laws and standards and freedom of speech is out the window.
“I was completely shocked when police car after police car pulled up. They had a big meeting in the street then marched over to arrest me.
“There was no option given for me to paint over my words. They had been sent by the Inspector in charge at Dunfermline police station with orders to arrest me and bring me in.”
In a post on Facebook (which you can see below) — with a video of the arrest in full attached — Evans wrote: “I painted Islam is questionable on my own property. Over ten police turned up.
“I was then remanded in prison for five weeks until trial. The judge agreed I had no case to answer to it was freedom of speech and found me not guilty.”
“I feel freedom of speech is being eroded in our country”, Evans told Kipper Central, “and everybody should not be afraid to talk about or question anything.
“The whole experience left me shocked and even more worried about the state our once great democratic nation is getting in.”
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Source: Kipper Central