Kevin Crehan was 34 years old when he died in prison.
When he was born, in 1983, Britain, like most other European countries, didn’t yet have much political or social discussion of ‘multiculturalism‘. Multiculturalism, towards the end of the 1980s, basically became the European political theory of trying to fit the circle of Islam into the Judeo-Christian square; other immigrants not of the Judeo-Christian culture, religion and political heritage, had no problem assimilating; those of the Islamic culture, religion and political heritage most certainly did – and politicians, eager for immigrants, were noticing. Thus multiculturalism became the political fig-leaf behind which the obvious and noticeable inability of Muslims to assimilate, or even integrate, into a Western country, could be hidden under the coexistence banner of ‘all cultures are equal’.
Little did Crehan’s parents probably know as Kevin progressed towards double-digits, that British ‘multicultural acknowledgement‘ would slowly creep, from a civil and cultural phenomenon, into state institutions: the police, the courts and the laws. Suddenly, not believing that ‘all cultures are equal’ (in essence that Islam can be compatible with Western society), became a thoughtcrime. Actual laws and regulations duly followed, with non-crime crimes such as hatred, bigotry and dissenting opinion, attracting actual criminal convictions, not just the traditional social or civil punishments – alienation from family & friends, banishment from your church or community group, losing you job.
But Kevin Crehan, and his parents, were fundamentally wrong in how they perceived the country of Britain in which they lived. They didn’t truly realize how embedded multiculturalism (now almost exclusively the protection of Islam) had become in its state institutions, and how any dissenting opinion or action, however mild, had to be punished to the extreme. [LL&TNPOS]
Kevin Crehan’s parents therefore might have been excused for teaching their son that he had a right to speak his mind, that an opinion is an opinion, and that he lives in a free country where vigorous debate and expression was always the better option. Without the freedom to offend, the recourse for a dissenting opinion becomes stay silent, or resistance. And perhaps Crehan had this quaint, parental guidance in mind when he placed bacon outside of a mosque door: just to show that he could do something offensive without it being an actual crime-crime.
But Kevin Crehan, and his parents, were fundamentally wrong in how they perceived the country of Britain in which they lived. They didn’t truly realize how embedded multiculturalism (now almost exclusively the protection of Islam) had become in its state institutions, and how any dissenting opinion or action, however mild, had to be punished to the extreme. Throughout the 1990s, right through to the present day, speechcrimes and thoughtcrimes were being treated as actual, real crimes, and were even attracting custodial sentences – just for expressing the wrong opinion, or littering outside of the wrong ‘multicultural‘ establishment.
Kevin Crehan died while he was in prison for his thoughtcrime, which today in Britain can attract, as it did for Kevin, a year behind bars. We may never know why he died in prison, but some other dissenters, some other ‘thought criminals‘ (otherwise known as British citizens), are asking why he was even behind bars in the first place.
Just this week there were protestors in Bristol asking this basic question: how come a guy who placed bacon outside of a mosque found himself in jail at all, and then found himself dead? The media’s headline reaction to this impertinent question is telling.
- Far-right group protest over ‘outrageous’ sentence handed to man who left bacon outside mosque [Metro – Mar 4, 2017]
- Violence in Bristol as police clash with far-right group [ITV News – Mar 5, 2017]
- Far-right protesters and anti-fascists in violent clash over man who died in prison after leaving bacon outside mosque [Mirror.co.uk – Mar 4, 2017]
- Police clash with far-right and antifa groups protesting death of Kevin Crehan [International Business Times UK – Mar 4, 2017]
‘Far-right’. An insult. An term of intimidation. A stifling of discussion. A pre-emptive strike of a thoughtcrime conviction of their own. Of course. And it goes on and on and on. As noted above, protestors, mild or strenuous, don’t truly realize how embedded the protection of Islam (previously known as multiculturalism) has become in their state institutions, and how any dissenting opinion or action, however mild or strenuous, must to be punished to the extreme.