Yes, I know that two variable geography is not conclusive. But it can be indicative and it certainly is meaningful in the sense that if one cannot with certainty surmise the zeitgeist of the entire nation, one can at least know with certainty the values held by the two judges in question.
Let’s look at event # 1.
A teenage girl and 39-year old man, who desecrated a mosque by attacking it with strips of bacon, have both been given custodial sentences.
Eighteen-year old Chelsea Lambie from Paisley and Douglas Cruikshank from Galashiels, were told by Sheriff Alistair Noble, sitting in Edinburgh: “It does not seem to me there is any way to deal with this case other than by custody”.
In April of this year, the pair had denied behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm in the early hours of January 31 last year, when along with another person, they wrapped bacon around the main door handles of the Central Mosque in Edinburgh’s Potterrow and threw bacon into the premises. The Crown claimed the offence was racially aggravated.
[…] 34-year old Usman Mahmood, told the jury of eight women and seven men: “I was surprised if a person did it for a joke. It is against our culture and religion. We do not eat pork or even touch it. I felt very bad seeing this meat in my sacred place. It hurt my feelings when I saw this meat hanging inside the mosque in the worshipping area. It was very disturbing”. He added that the situation could have been “much worse” if there had been more people in the mosque. There was only one man in the prayer room at the time.
A mother of young children was sentenced to 12 months in prison, and the other had his sentence reduced to 9 months in prison for pleading guilty. Guilty, to putting a few strips of a kind of meat that muslims aren’t supposed to eat near, in or around a mosque. They had offended the janitor but it could have been much much worse if more people were there to be offended.
It should also be noted that putting bacon around a mosque is hardly tantamount to say, a Swastika on a Jewish temple. After all, there never has been a cult of the meat of the pig, who had nearly wiped out Muslims from the face of the earth and had succeeded in committing a mass murder of half the worlds islamic people, who’s symbol was a strip of raw bacon. It’s just a food muslims aren’t supposed to eat and people often now use bacon both symbolically and the actual meat as a symbol of resistance to the growing influence Islam has on our own freedoms, culture and laws to our detriment. But the judge saw fit to punish the two people who put bacon near a mosque with a year in jail.
Now contrast that with the case of a personal friend of mine. Another British subject whose own daughter was brutally attacked in the UK by a number of Muslims with such violence that she is now permanently handicapped.
They stamped on her head, fractured her skull, and she suffers permanent vision loss and needing spinal taps to reduce pressure in the skull to this day.
While they committed this prolonged act of sadistic torture, they made sure she knew it was because she was Jewish.
They were caught, and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
While not conclusive, it does indicate that at least to a couple of British judges, if not to the British system overall now, but I wouldn’t rule that out, the feelings of one muslim on seeing some meat he can’t eat, is worth more than the life of a Jewish girl.
Eeyore for Vlad.
*** Additional data point posted by James in the comments below is well worth adding in to ones estimate of the state of British law ***