But we are still a little shocked that two street-corner evangelists in England were told they could not do their thing "because this is a Muslim area." We are considerably more shocked that a police officer agreed, and warned that if they came back, they would be beaten up.
We at the Egg will confess that we have occasionally wanted to beat up a street preacher. They just bug us. But we have always refrained, both because of our a priori commitment to free speech, and because we were convinced that the law would punish us if we assaulted somebody because we didn't like what they said.
Apparently Britons -- or at least British Muslims -- lack this commitment or this conviction.