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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.

Regards,

13 Comments

  1. Schrodinger's Dog says:

    Cats,

    You’re right: this is outrageous. I would write to Councillor Badham, were it not for the fact that while I am British, I’m now living in the US, so there doesn’t seem to be much point.

    But any other way I can reasonably help, I will.

  2. CountingCats says:

    SD,

    And I am Anglo Australian, living on the Gold Coast. Didn’t prevent me from expressing my outrage.

  3. JuliaM says:

    “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?”

    Their’s, of course! They have a winning hand at Victimhood Poker, especially where the West Midlands Police are concerned.

  4. Talwin says:

    As soon as I read this I knew that Sandwell was familiar. Sure enough, a minute on Google confirmed it. This is the dump where, a little earlier in the year, 70 years old Sheila Martin was hit with a £75 fixed penalty for flicking fag ash (not throwing the dimp!) while waiting at a bus shelter.

    Unmitigated tossers.

  5. Lynne says:

    First they punish old ladies for dropping fag ash on the pavement. Then they tell a bloke he can’t advertise the sale of his car using a placard in said car. Now they are persecuting a fifteen year old for burning a work of fiction.

    What the fuck is wrong with the metropolitan arse-burrowers of Sandwell?

  6. Ed P says:

    Heseltine’s an interesting name for an Islamic apologist.

    Soaking the book in bacon fat helps it ot burn brightly.

  7. NickM says:

    Two points…

    1. We know this well… The lass put this up on Facebook. It wouldn’t have made the news unless it had been picked up by the professionally agrieved who proceeded to be offended by it. The extent to which Muhammed Q Muslim in the street is actually offended by this is unknowable and more to the point Muhammed Q Muslim in the street almost certainly wouldn’t even know. We of course saw this with the MoToons which were a slow burn and the incitement came from a bunch of imams who decided to create a five act opera out of a pub karaoke night.

    2. She didn’t burn a Qu’ran. She burnt an English translation which is not a Qu’ran. It is only the Qu’ran if it’s in the original Classical Arabic. Indeed it isn’t technically a translation but an interpretation. You can’t translate the exact word of God who of course speaks C7th Arabic which was very convenient for Muhammed at the time. Essentially the lass burnt a “crib sheet”. This is professional agrievance over something which by the fundamentals of the religion itself makes no sense.

  8. NickM says:

    Essential what I was trying to say there is that if anyone is really trying to forment discord along religious lines it is these rabble-rousing “Muslim Bodies”. Oh how they must exult when a lady in hijab is spat upon by BNP boot-boys! As far as victimhood poker is concerned this is full-house. They’d need to have a pig’s head thrown through the mosque door during Friday prayers for a flush mind. It’s about a consolidation of power of the bridgehead.

  9. CountingCats says:

    Nick,

    Of course, the issue of it being an English translation and therefore not being a real Koran crossed my mind, but do you think anyone involved in this cares about these distinctions? The entire purpose on the part of all involved is propaganda and intimidation, and for that any excuse will be.

    This in fact renders any protest in favour of the girl even more valid.

  10. stig says:

    While the child’s greater offence may have been to cause a rise in global warming by creating a fire without permission, it is a sign of our times that so many are so easily outraged on other people’s behalf.

    No one, especially in ‘authority,’ appears to dare say these days that something or other doesn’t matter. Everything in the socialist-progressive’s world matters very much and finding victims where none may exist is supposedly a valid sign of caring.

    Being outraged on behalf of muslims will not however stop them being outraged; they can do that all on their own.

  11. Nelsontouch says:

    I saw a play in Tel Aviv once, in which an Irish Jew’s house ir turned over by the Black & Tans searching for an Irish rebel.
    They scattered his Torah scrolls and prayer books.
    Afterwards the rebet asked:
    “Weren’t you angry when he threw your holy books on the floor?”
    Reply: “My holy books have been thrown on the floor so often they are used to it.”

    Property should always be treated with respect, but a “holy” book deserves no more respect than the RSPB Book of Birds.
    Also: where books are burned – people will burn? Who was it said that?

  12. Paul Marks says:

    Peter Hitchens tells the story of how he burned the family Bible he had been given – burned it to show his rejection of Christianity (he has since changed his mind).

    I suppose West Midlands police would now arrest someone for buring a Bible.

    If not, why not?

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