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London’s Muslim mayor defends arrest of Christian preacher: “There’snot an unlimited right to free speech”

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“There’s not an unlimited right to freedom of expression or free speech. There are limitations and there’s a balance that needs to be done.”

If there are any limits to the freedom of speech other than prohibitions on open calls for violence and criminal activity, then there is no freedom of speech at all. And if there is no freedom of speech, there is no longer a free society. Muslims complained about Oluwole Ilesanmi’s preaching, and now it is official: Muslims in Britain are a protected class whose wishes must be catered to in all circumstances. Britain is, of course, finished.

“There are ‘limitations’ to free speech, says London Mayor after street preacher’s arrest,” Christian Today, March 22, 2019:

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has addressed the recent arrest and subsequent de-arrest of a street preacher outside Southgate tube station.

Video footage of Oluwole Ilesanmi being arrested by police for a “breach of the peace” went viral on social media and has now been viewed over 2 million times.

Police arrested Mr Ilesanmi after a member of the public complained that he had made ‘Islamophobic’ comments. No further action was taken and Mr Ilesanmi was subsequently de-arrested.

However, a complaint was later lodged against Enfield police over their handling of the situation after Mr Ilesanmi said he had been released by police some distance from Southgate and was only able to make his way back with the help of a member of the public who paid for his bus fare.

The incident has given rise to concerns about freedom of speech for Christians.

Addressing Mr Ilesanmi’s arrest during Mayor’s Question Time at the London Assembly on Thursday, Mr Khan said: “I expect the police to take this matter seriously.”

Although Mr Khan said it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the specific case in light of the ongoing review by the borough’s Professional Standards Unit, he defended the right of police to investigate allegations of criminal offence.

“It’s always been clear that freedom of speech is critical and must be protected but also the police must be able to investigate when allegations are made of a criminal offence,” he said….

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