“Police heavily criticised on social media after posting video on better understanding of British Muslims,” by James Peck, Lincolnshire Live, October 20, 2017:
A social media backlash has been launched at Lincolnshire Police after they posted a video on better understanding British Muslims.
The 12-minute long film touches on the history of Islam, its values, its followers’ journey to British shores and reminded people of hate crime laws.
But a barrage of negative online comments have been posted in response, with some accusing the police of producing a “propaganda” video and telling people what to think….
“Are we now not allowed to think our own thoughts!?” asked one. “We don’t require any indoctrination. Police should deal with law not religion.”
“How do Lincolnshire Police view the ordinary, decent, Christian people of this country?” wrote another.
“The answer, most unfortunately, is all too plain. Continue to alienate the rest of us, and you’ll be facing some pretty huge problems further down the line, won’t you?
“NOBODY should be getting special treatment and if you’re going to promote videos like this, then you need to do it for every faith and nationality in Britain. Looking forward very much to your video wishing us all a wonderful Christmas.”
Others wanted police to address response times and questioned the making of the video.
But social media users also sprung up in defence of it too.
“No-one, anywhere is telling you to convert or respect or even like a certain religion!” said one.
“They are reminding you that committing abuse or assault on an other human being BASED on differing races or beliefs is a crime. That’s it!”
Another wrote: “They’re not claiming it’s a priority, they’re simply using this week to raise awareness of hate crime which unfortunately is a growing issue at the moment whether it be against a person because of their religion or sexuality etc.”
The police also robustly defended the move.
Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor, speaking to the BBC, said: “I’m really disappointed by some of these responses.
“I’m very committed to reducing hate crime. During National Hate Crime Awareness Week one of the things we’re trying to do is show a different side to Islam and to understand that Muslims here are British and are entitled to the same respect and legislation and protection of the law that anyone else is.”
Mr Naylor added that the force will look into any online abuse aimed at the police and said that neither he nor the force regretted the video being made public.
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