Free speech in the United Kingdom, 2015

Nowadays, you should be careful about what religion you call 'heathen', like a pastor found in Ireland:

During a sermon at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in May last year, McConnell said: 'People say there are good Muslims in Britain - that may be so - but I don't trust them.

'Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.'

"Heathen" is very often defined as a non-Christian religion, although numerous lexical works define it was Germanic religion, or a Norse religion. So this padre was correct in his definition, and if you are a good Christian, any religion except your own is "satanic". And this is, according to a court, a crime:

'That offence was one of sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.'

Now, what about all these sermons by muslim 'hate preachers'? Don't they say anything that is 'grossly offensive'? Not if you're a Christian preacher.

However, if you're a imam, you can preach about killing infidels and how your prophet 'consummated marriage' with a nine-year old, and that's not even 'offensive' or even 'grossly offensive'.

In a free society, you have to able to say things that some people deem 'grossly offensive', or that society is not really free.