That's right folks. Speech supression is back, communist style!
This time however all those who were rooting for communism (and lost) have now switched to Islam.
British National Party leader detained after calling Islam 'wicked faith'
Tue Dec 14, 1:54 PM ET
LONDON (AFP) - The leader of the rightwing British National Party(BNP), Nick Griffin, was arrested Tuesday after he called Islam a "vicious, wicked faith" in a television documentary.
Griffin, 45, was arrested on suspicion of "incitement to commit racial hatred" and held for questioning by police in northern England before he was released on bail several hours later.
When asked if he considered Islam a "vicious, wicked faith", Griffin urged reporters to study the Koran for themselves before saying: "There are aspects of that religion which are wicked."
He then condemned the treatment of women under Islam.
The BNP, which won 800,000 votes but no seats in the European elections in June, charged the arrest was part of a "crude" bid by Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites)'s government to win back Muslim votes lost over his war in Iraq (news - web sites).
A BNP spokesman said four non-uniformed police officers raiding the family farmhouse in Wales "awoke the Griffin household from their sleep" early Tuesday.
Griffin was the 12th person arrested in connection with the investigation into the BBC documentary aired in July.
The BNP's founding chairman John Tyndall, 70, was arrested on suspicion of the same offense on Sunday following a speech he made in the northwestern city of Burnley in March.
The documentary, screened in July, featured secretly filmed footage showing BNP activists confessing to race-hate crimes and Griffin condemning Islam as a "vicious, wicked faith".
Speaking on July 15, when the BBC documentary was screened, Griffin accused the program's makers of selectively editing the speech he is seen delivering, and challenged the authorities to prosecute him.
He said if Home Secretary David Blunkett "wants to put me on a show trial about whether we're entitled to warn about the dangers of Islam, I will be absolutely delighted."
Any jury would be shown the full speech, in which he makes clear that the BNP was not targeting individuals or communities, he added.
The BNP spokesman denounced the arrest as an attack on freedom of speech.
"The BNP doesn't hate anyone, we don't hate anyone's race or religion," the spokesman added.
"If we want to debate whether or not religious diversity is a good thing for this country, we should be allowed to do so without the police banging on the door," he said.
A statement on the BNP website stated that "this action against three BNP members in the past 36 hours is nothing less than a crude attempt to buy back the Islamic vote" from the opposition Liberal Democratic party before a general election likely in May next year.
It charged that the arrests were intended to disrupt the party's operations and to intimidate its members.
It accused four Blair "stormtroopers" of disturbing the family home as it was being decorated for Christmas, just 10 days away, and causing one of his daughters to suffer a "violent asthma attack" induced by stress.
It said the four police officers were "ransacking the home looking for material in relation to the alleged offense."
Whether or not Islam is a wicked faith is beside the point, the fact that this man has been arrested on some foppish grounds for saying what he believes in is extremely disturbing.
This is beyond speech codes at institutions at work places, this is now a democratic government that supposedly stands for freedom arresting someone for exercising their freedoms.
This is just further proof in my mind that if America and Europe are diverging apart socially, America is certainly still on the right track, for now.
Just wait, Hizbala or some such channel will soon be allowed to broadcast in Britian spewing forth anti-semantic tripe with no repercussions at all.