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Is It A Hate Crime To Teach Your Dog To Heil Hitler For Keks?

Apparently, it is in Scotland. I thought Scottish people were supposed to be tough. Now they’re arresting people for hurting their feelings?

Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

A Scottish man arrested for teaching his girlfriend’s dog to do the Nazi salute denied in court that he committed a hate crime.

Mark Meechan, 29, taught the pug, named Buddha, to respond with the Nazi salute when prompted by statements such as “Heil Hitler” and “gas the Jews…”

“My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is, so I thought I would turn him into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi,” he said.

So now he’s on trial for posting this video:

This guy played a dumb prank on his girlfriend by teaching her dog to do a Nazi salute on command. And now he could go to prison for it.

Is this in bad taste? Definitely. Is it funny? Not particularly. Is it worth throwing somebody in jail over? Absolutely not.

I don’t like all this alt-right “humor.” Telling Jews to “get in the oven” and all that stupid crap. There’s even anime Nazi stuff, which is just bewildering. But I don’t think these idiots should be locked up for it. Imprisoning people for saying things you don’t like is the real fascism.

What the hell is going on in the UK? I know they don’t believe in free speech the way we do, which is one reason we kicked their ass all the way back to England. But how could you possibly look at this and think a crime has been committed? Your tax dollars at work, Scotland.

The guy also put up an apology video. I can’t make out most of what these people are saying through the thick Scottish accents, but it doesn’t sound like he actually believes in any of that shit. Even if he did, it’s still not a crime. “Hate speech” is free speech, no matter how much you hate it. In a free society, at least.

Note to Mel Brooks: Stay on this side of the pond. These days they’ll lock you up for stuff like this!

(Hat tip: Seth Mandel)