He’s in good hands. People are looking after him, and he’s considering the possibility of asking for asylum in this country, since he faces arrest for political reasons (i.e. for “stirring up racial hatred”) if he returns to England. It’s possible that a legal fund will be set up to help him, but I don’t have any definite word on that yet.
There’s an article today about Lionheart, and an interview with him, in Savannah Now:
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He’s got a home country, Britain, but if he goes back there he’s facing arrest on suspicion of an offense dubbed “Stir up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” on his blog lionheartuk.blogspot.com. He could get seven years in prison just for stating his views.
They’ve got no First Amendment in Britain. So the 31-year-old is in the United States contemplating a bid for asylum after being run out of his home of Luton. He was here when he first found out about the charge.
For more than a year he’s been documenting what he alleges is drug dealing by Muslim immigrants in Luton. He’s dropped dimes on these dealers and they’ve in turn threatened his life.
I met him at last week’s blogging unconference. To me he straddles that line dividing legitimate criticism of a minority group and unreasonable vilification. He’s in that gray area where we find many in the United States who decry illegal immigrants.
At one point he said there is good and bad in everything. But later he says about the Koran: “It’s a hate book against non-believers.” He said the Muslims in Luton sell heroin as part of a jihad.
In fact he’s been linked to a neo-fascist political party in Britain.
So I’m hesitant to write about him. There is a ton of writing about this around the internet about this that you can search on your own.
But I think it’s important to listen to his story and — not to get too sentimental — remember that we’ve got a ton of freedoms here.
Indeed we do. But not, perhaps, for long. Lionheart is the canary in the coal mine for free speech in Western countries.
You can listen to the interview with Lionheart at the Savannah Now website.