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Sunday, April 10, 2011

BNP Assembly candidate arrested over Qur'an burning

The Guarduian reports that Sion Owens, who is standing for the BNP on their South Wales West regional list, has been arrested after he was filmed burning a copy of the Qur'an in his garden:

Footage of the burning shows Sion Owens, 40, from south Wales and a candidate for the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, soaking the Qur'an in kerosene and setting fire to it.

A video clip of the act, leaked to the Observer and passed immediately to South Wales police, provoked fierce criticism from the government.

A statement from the Home Office said: "The government absolutely condemns the burning of the Qur'an. It is fundamentally offensive to the values of our pluralist and tolerant society.

"We equally condemn any attempts to create divisions between communities and are committed to ensuring that everyone has the freedom to live their lives free from fear of targeted hostility or harassment on the grounds of a particular characteristic, such as religion."

God almighty, has nobody any sense?

The BNP will welcome the publicity. The arrest will be portrayed as UK law being bent to accommodate Sharia. The rest of us will be assumed to support the prioritisation of the sensibilities of people who believe in sky fairies over freedom of speech.

The book itself is held to be holy by a minority of people who have irrational beliefs; bully for them. Why they are able to assert the absolute right not be offended, though, I have no idea.

I'm not a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim. I'd hope to be able to burn a Bible, Torah or Koran if I wished and be left alone by people who find my actions distasteful. I find many of the injunctions in their religions quite unpleasant too but I'm not campaigning to have some Christians arrested for being nuts about evolution or quite a few Muslims arrested for being intolerant of homosexuals.

Crazy. Absolutely crazy.
I have to totally agree with David. This is grist to the BNP's mill. Many people may vote BNP just to protest about this infringement of liberties.

I don't particularly like the burning of books or flags or effigies, and I detest the BNP, but I think you should be free to burn whatever you want, especially in this case if it is in your own back garden.

I also think France is wrong to stop muslems wearing the niqab and burka if they choose to.
They burnt that book in 2010... now he's running for a political position, suddenly it's an issue and the Welsh Police are sent round.

This mans crime is his politics.
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