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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday 15 March 2006

At last, charges have been brought!

Quite why it has taken so long for this to happen is not clear to me; one strongly suspects that the authorities (police, CPS, government) have been forced to bow to the pressure of public opinion, although with the blatant nature of the actions of the demonstrators on 3rd February it should have happened the same day - and would have, I suspect, had the demonstrators not been Moslems. Whilst I agree that it is necessary to avoid giving unnecessary offence to people expressing their views based on their religion, the views of the much larger non-Moslem community, not to mention the views of very many moderate Moslems, need to be taken into account. Free speech - yes. Incitement to violence and murder - definitely not!

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