Man sentenced to jail for anti-Muslim Facebook posts

Police in England announced that Nigel Pelham, 50, of Sussex has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after being found guilty on “eight counts of publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims.”

According to The Daily Caller, Pelham’s conviction resulted from eight Facebook posts he made between February and November of 2015. One of the posts encouraged people to “put a Muslim on top of a bonfire.”

“Nigel Pelham used Facebook to express some truly offensive views, with no understanding of how serious his actions were. Many people see social media as a harmless and sometimes faceless place to air their opinions, however I hope this shows we will not tolerate this type of behavior and will act when someone reports their concern about what someone is posting,” said Hate Crimes Sergeant Peter Allen of the Sussex Police.

“I encourage people who witness such content, to report it to the provider of the social media platform, but such reports can also be made to us online,” Allen said.

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