by George W. Foote
Is a story or a report by the above named who was tried, found guilty and imprisoned for blasphemy in 1880 Britain. That is how bad freedom of expression suffered especially if you had the knave to talk about god, the christian god, and the ridiculous beliefs held by the Christians, that is if you disturbed their sensibilities.
George before and after his imprisonment used to be the editor of the Freethinker, a publication that used satire to ridicule religion. He was railroaded to prison by a Judge North who while on the dock abused his office and became the accuser, the judge and the executioner.
Judge Coleridge listening to his case at the end of his incarceration, though a christian dealt with him in a more humane way, listen to his defense and when the jury could not agree, let him go.
It is a sad story but a good read.
I hope in the countries where the atheist, freethinker or non believer is threatened with persecution for expressing his mind about a religion lives under fear of jail or murder may reform their rules to allow men and women exercise their freedom of expression.
Go read it. Britain has come a long way.