If you remember this
from the other day, you'll remember that it was a story about extremist Muslims but packaged as one about all Muslims. As Tabloid Watch pointed out, implying that Islam4UK represents all Muslims is rubbish, and deliberately misleading. It's like saying the odious Stephen Green of Christian Voice represents all Christians.
Today's Express story, then, is pretty much exactly the same thing, repeated just in case you didn't see it last time.
There you have it - instead of a minaret plonked on the top of Nelson's Column, we've got a big mosque badly Photoshopped on to Buck House.
Notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary is calling for the palace to be renamed Buckingham Masjid, the Arabic word for mosque.
The Mall, which approaches the palace, would become Masjid Road.
Well. It 'would' in the sense of 'it would if these nutters ever got into power, which they won't'.
Tory MP Philip Davies compared Choudary to the leader of the BNP, saying: “This man’s a complete idiot. He’s the Muslim equivalent to Nick Griffin. I’m all for free speech and people having the right to have their say but, equally, there are all these ridiculous laws the Government has introduced about inciting racial hatred. Quite clearly, that’s what he is doing.
Our Tory friend is right on one thing: Choudary is a complete idiot. But then I can't understand where he goes from there. He says there are 'ridiculous' laws about inciting racial hatred, but then says the 'Government' has introduced them - which is true if the 'Government' he's on about is the Conservative Government which introduced them in 1986. Publishing of material that incited racial hatred was made punishable under the law in 1994*, which again is before Labour came to power. Maybe he means the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 - but if so, how is Choudary inciting hate against another religion, or race, in what the Express has quoted?
Additionally: if these laws are 'ridiculous', and Philip Davies says this is what Choudary is doing, then what does he want? For him to be prosecuted under 'ridiculous' laws?
At least this time, though, this story and headline make it clear that Islam4UK are 'fanatics'. That's a step in the right direction for the Express. But you still have to wonder why they're following the antics of these most extreme Muslims and reporting every bonkers thing they come out with.
* Yes, I know. Surely the Express would be No 1 candidates to be hauled up under this?
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