Richard Bartholomew has the news that Pastor Terry Jones, who earlier in the year threatened to burn the Qur’an in America to protest against freedom of worship in New York, has been invited to come and address a national meeting of the English Defence League (EDL) in February in Luton. Richard has also highlighted some of Pastor Jones’ views which weren’t widely known before:
He claims that it is not racist to use the slur “nigger”, on the grounds that it doesn’t apply to intelligent black people but can be used to refer to foolish white people. He also reportedly at one point threatened to burn the Talmud as well as the Koran, although I haven’t been able to find an authoritative source for that.
This continues the EDL’s attempt to position themselves as a purely anti-Islamic group, with the media focus on the Pastor’s Islamophobia rather than his racist language. Will Theresa May ban him from coming here? Such a decision would undoubtedly be popular, but it would also feed into the narrative of the EDL that Islam is taking over the UK and that criticism of Islam and Muslims is being muzzled.
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