You wouldn’t read about it

By DeusExMacintosh

hereticaltimes

A Muslim protester accused of calling soldiers murderers at a parade claims he did not intend to upset anyone. Munim Abdul told Luton magistrates he did not expect to cause offence because his group had spoken “the truth”.

Seven men deny using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress. A video of them calling troops “murderers” and “terrorists” has been played in court.

Their protest was made as the Royal Anglian Regiment marched through Luton town centre on 10 March last year…

Prosecutor Avirup Chaudhuri suggested Mr Abdul used the words to insult and abuse people and was aware that they would have that effect. But Mr Abdul said he completely disagreed.

He said: “If it’s the truth then there’s no way they would find it upsetting. It’s like calling a paedophile a paedophile, that’s what he is.”

The trial was adjourned to Monday, when defence speeches will continue and the judge is expected to give her judgment.

BBC News

In breaking news, five of the seven were found guilty. I loved this delicious little detail:

Earlier in the day Jubair Ahmed’s lawyer used philosopher Voltaire’s views on freedom of speech to defend him.

In her closing speech for his defence Sonal Dashani said: “Voltaire said ‘I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ That was in the 18th Century. Things have moved on since then, though perhaps not as quickly as one might have liked.

“If you believe in freedom of speech you have to accept that some things will be said that you will like and some things will be said that you will not like.”

Australian readers may not be aware that Anjem Choudary (who has featured in our funnies before) is not only spokesman for the group convicted in Luton, he also masterminded the Danish Cartoon protests in London back in 2006.

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11 Comments

  1. see below
    Posted January 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I think every airport should have gratuitiously insulting remarks about Muslims over every door. Sort of a low-cost entry filter.

    You can add something about Christians, if you like, but I think we’ve got the hang of it by now and won’t be too disturbed by it 🙂

    btw, this is the only blog where my name is too long!

    – [insert here] delenda est

  2. Posted January 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I figure smearing pig fat on all the plane tickets would probably be enough to deter would-be plane bombers.

  3. Posted January 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Gratuitous? Moi?!

  4. Posted January 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    If Mr. Chowdery really feels that way, he should continue to express his free speech opinion.

    For maximum impact he could pass on his opinions via voice & placard, at 11pm, accross the street from pubs Royal Anglian squaddies get drunk in.

  5. Posted January 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Munim Abdul told Luton magistrates he did not expect to cause offence because his group had spoken “the truth”.
    .
    Interesting. So if I say: you’re batshit (which seems the truth) then I’m not upsetting you? I’m not upsetting you. You’re not upset at all. You just wanna cut my head off. 🙂

  6. Andrew Cowling
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps Mr Abdul was angling for the insanity defence?

  7. Posted January 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Good point Adrien.
    Calling him a “Mattress-faced parasite” should be a good start.
    How he copes with that & other snippets of truthful free speech should provide news fodder for a while.

  8. Posted January 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I can’t get over the sheer hide of people like this using free speech arguments. Absolutely amazing.

  9. Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    The breathtaking hypocrisy seems part and parcel of this mob. Remember that the only guy initially arrested at the Cartoon Protest despite the egregious placards (Butcher those who insult Islam; Exterminate those who mock Islam; Be prepared for the REAL Holocaust; Europe is the cancer, Islam is the answer; Freedom go to hell; Europe you will pay, your 9/11 is on its way; Freedom of Expression is western terrorism, etc) was the chap who dressed up as a suicide bomber.

    Omar Khayam wasn’t actually arrested and jailed for dressing as a suicide bomber, he was picked up because taking part in Choudary’s illegal protest breached his bail conditions. He was out “on licence” having served half of a five-and-a-half-year sentence for heroin and cocaine dealing.

    Funny, but I can’t take moral outrage that seriously when it comes from a convicted drug dealer…

  10. Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    He just believes error has no rights. A position the Catholic Church was in historical agreement with. As is any PC Guardianista, come to that.

    Which just shows what an oppressive doctrine it is, since it gives all power to those who get to define “the right”.

    DeusExMacintosh: ‘convicted drug dealer’ just means he engages in “excessively” free commerce. Implying suicide bombing was a good thing is much worse, which skirts towards incitement, surely?

  11. see below
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    It is clearly much worse since I can imagine legalising commerce in drugs but I can’t imagine legalising suicide bombing!

    What a turd.

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