U.K. Criminalization of Speech Is Really Starting to Scare Me

unnamed-12Hopkins’ possibly criminally offensive statements shown above and at left.

Earlier this week, British reality TV star Katie Hopkins tweeted some fears about a Scottish Ebola patient coming to London for treatment. She’s now facing a criminal investigation.

“Inquiries are ongoing into the nature of these tweets and to establish any potential criminality,” a Scottish law enforcement official told the BBC. “Police Scotland will thoroughly investigate any reports of offensive or criminal behaviour online and anyone found to be responsible will be robustly dealt with.”

More than 25,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Hopkins to be charged over her “vile racist tweets.”

Hopkins is the latest in a recent line of high-profile “hate speech” cases in the U.K., where it’s illegal to use “threatening or abusive” words if they’re intended or likely to stir up “racial hatred” or hatred based on religion or sexual orientation…