Catherine Heseltine, chief executive officer of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, said burning the Koran was one of the most offensive acts to Muslims that she could imagine.
And arresting someone, anyone, especially a child, for expressing an opinion, regardless of how offensive, is one of the most offensive things that I can imagine. So, who’s offense is superior?
She said: "The Koran is the most sacred thing to over a billion Muslims worldwide."
And is nothing bar a load of drivel spouted by an evil megalomaniac to the rest of us.
Sacred? A meaningless term, signifying nothing. Allah? A figment of a moral cripples imagination.
Bob Badham, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council cabinet member for education, said he had visited the school and believed the atmosphere was generally good among pupils. He added that he did not believe there was a "deeper problem" in the area.
Of course there’s a deeper problem in the area, a problem this fool closes his eyes to; a child has been arrested for exercising a right held by all freeborn British men and women, the right to dissent.
Religious bigotry: the law of the land.
To contact Councillor Bob Badham MBE, on this disgraceful matter. Remember, be polite.
Update: My email.
I am writing about the matter of a child having been arrested for expressing an unwanted opinion.
I expect that you will receive abusive emails over this matter, but this will not be one such, and I hope you are able to take the time to consider the issues.
The report on the BBC web site quoted you as saying that you “did not believe there was a deeper problem in the area”.
This I see as a problem. I accept and acknowledge that Muslims see desecration of the Koran as offensive, but so what? They may have my sympathy, but there is no right in law not to be offended, and nor should there be. I am offended on a regular basis by otherwise legal acts and expressions of opinion I dislike, but I have such a deep love for our freedom and values that I would fight to protect the right of others to offend me.
I do not know the politics, views or motivations of this child, but I am offended to the very centre of my being that she could be arrested for exercising one of the core rights of our civilisation, the right to dissent.
In any society inoffensive speech needs no protection. However, if offensive speech is not protected then there is no freedom of speech, and this is the basis, the bedrock and the foundation, of all the freedoms we have and cherish. Unless you, and your fellow councillors, are prepared to condemn this child’s arrest and punishment I have to accept that you do not support the core values of Freedom of Conscience and Freedom of Expression.
If this is the case, I most certainly do believe there is a deeper problem in the area.