http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-13119241 He stole a Koran and then set it alight in a public place. He was protesting the burning of a poppy last remembrance day for which the perpetrator was fined £50. Now in this case the guy stole the Koran and has a history which makes it different but doesn't this seem a little harsh. He maybe (I don't know, although previous offenses suggest) is a racist but doesn't this bring up issues of freedom of speech. If for example a group of Christians or Muslims burnt say (although not stolen) pornography or some atheist books would anything be done? Offending people in general as opposed to specifically targeting someone, e.g. walking up to a black man and shouting swear word swear word offensive word to black people in their face surely shouldn't be a crime however unnecessary or unkind. I don't condone the activity but I thought this incident brings up issues with how in the UK we deal with a persons right to make a statement and their freedom of speech regardless of how others feel about. For example I am not a fan of the church so say a preacher in a UK town is telling me I will go to hell if I don't go to church and repent as I walk past, should I be offended and report him for a hate crime or (as I actually do) just walk on by and ignore it as I have better things to think about. Anyone know about more about Hate crime legislation, where the line is drawn and whether you think at the moment it is balanced correctly. As always all comments thoughts appreciated.