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Investigation launched after fake ‘Punish a Muslim day’ letter misusing Courts & Tribunals Service address surfaces online

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HMCTS says letter encouraging people to attack Muslims ‘contradicts all we stand for’

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An investigation is underway after a racist letter misusing the contact details of Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) went viral on social media. HMCTS says it is in no way associated with the “deeply offensive letter” and has referred the matter to the police.

The letter, which has racked up tens of thousands of retweets since it surfaced on Twitter, encourages members of the public to participate in “Punish a Muslim day” on 3 April. Urging readers “not to be a sheep”, the hate-filled note features a points-based “rewards” system for those who choose to go out and commit crimes against Muslims. Legal Cheek understands the letter has also been circulated around other social media platforms including Facebook.

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Bizarrely, the letter goes on to say “for further enquiries please contact HM Courts & Tribunals Service”, before giving the organisation’s official London address. The viral post also contains a crest used by HMCTS and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Both organisations have stressed that this letter has nothing to do with them.

In a statement posted on Twitter, HMCTS said the “deeply offensive letter… contradicts all we stand for”. It confirmed it had reported the matter to the police.

Addressing concerned social media users, a tweet from the MoJ’s official Twitter account also stressed “this is not a Ministry of Justice or HMCTS letter, and it is being investigated”.

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Anonymous

Interesting choice of words, complaining about “white majority nations” such as in North America being overrun by Muslims. I suspect Native Americans have a view on the hypocrisy of that.

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Anonymous

I wouldn’t worry too much,come midnight tonight we’re likely to be nuked by the Russians.

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STALLONE

Cool story brah, changed my loyfe.

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Irfan Anjum

If it were wrote by muslim then United Nations has banned the organization till now & have arrested all persons related to organization. I believe nothing is going to happen with the culprit. Acid throwing cases are increasing in number in Britain now. So much hatred in the chest of people living in london.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

“An investigation is underway after a racist letter … went viral on social media”

Hate to break it to you, Tommy, but Islam isn’t a race.

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Anonymous

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Trumpenkrieg

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Anonymous

Must be the work of Russian bots

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Uh oh – this comment section will be filled with hate. Legal Cheek will have to monitor this carefully

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Anonymous

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

Ah yes, that famous line in Nineteen Eighty-Four, when Winston says “Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four, but more importantly it’s the freedom to spout racist abuse on the privately owned website Legal Cheek dot com.”

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Anonymous

Ah, another idiot who thinks that Islam is a race…

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Of course, I’m sure that among the deleted comments is a well-researched and thought out view of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Islamic theology from

*checks notes*

Trumpenkrieg.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Censorship is what you liberal f*ckos love, ain’t it?

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Anonymous

What ist is the cover up then ?

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Fat in the Hat

Whew! Thank goodness HMCTS issued a statement to clear that up. For a while there I really wasn’t sure whether it was a genuine letter or not.

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uncle rash

and if it was an official letter god forbid what would you do ? would you act upon the letter and also depending on the points what are we going to do with the points ? where would one redeem the poin ts ?

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Here We Go Again

Exactly. This is just another excuse for people to criticise Islam and ostracise Muslims.

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amn

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Anonymous

how many comments got removed from this post LMAO

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Anonymous

Before you announce your “expert opinions” about Islam, whether you “think” it is violent or peaceful, innocent or guilty, get your facts right and READ about it rather than listening to a couple of people next to you in a coffee shop or a gym or on a blog talking about it. Read their holy book and their resources rather than tabloids. Read and make you own opinion.

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Anonymous

That seems like a lot of effort. Besides, this is a blog for lawyers. We all have enough case books, solicitor briefs, and due diligence reports to stumble through. Reading through the finer details of religious scriptures isn’t exactly how we want to nurse the Saturday hangover.

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Anonymous 2

In fact, the Bible overflows with “texts of terror,” to borrow a phrase coined by the American theologian Phyllis Trible. The Bible contains far more verses praising or urging bloodshed than does the Koran, and biblical violence is often far more extreme, and marked by more indiscriminate savagery. The Koran often urges believers to fight, yet it also commands that enemies be shown mercy when they surrender. Some frightful portions of the Bible, by contrast, go much further in ordering the total extermination of enemies, of whole families and races – of men, women, and children, and even their livestock, with no quarter granted. One cherished psalm (137) begins with the lovely line, “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept”; it ends by blessing anyone who would seize Babylon’s infants and smash their skulls against the rocks.

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Anonymous

For anyone wondering what the general tone of the deleted comments was, there was one idiot who was going on about how punishing Muslims is justified because: “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.”

I can’t help but find it funny that bigots are also the sort of people who only remember one maxim from their equity module and spout it endlessly after failing to understand any other part of the course.

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PEPE

THICC

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Anonymous

Yes, but so are Legal Cheek writers:

Equity = clean hands
Tort law = Donoghue v Stevenson only
Contract law = Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball only
Criminal law = R v Brown only

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Anonymous

Why? 🤔

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Anonymous

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No criticism of Islam can be tolerated on Legal Cheek.

Even defences aren’t allowed. A defence would imply there is something to defend Islam against.

And even that implication is too much…

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

“This is very urgent business, ladies and gentlemen, I beseech you: resist it while you still can and before the right to complain is taken away from you, which is the next thing.

You will be told, you can’t complain – because you’re Islamophobic. The term is already being introduced into the culture, as if it’s an accusation of race hatred or bigotry, whereas it’s only the objection to the preachings of a very extreme and absolutist religion.

Watch out for these symptoms… The barbarians never take a city until someone holds the gates open to them. And it’s your own multicultural authorities who will do it for you.”

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

This is not a ‘racist letter’ It is an anti Islamic or at least anti religious letter. People must stop conflating race with religion.

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