This is the level to which the West has sunken to.
The Muslim hate preacher and the T-shirt salesman: a bizarre study in double standards
By Sean Thomas Politics Last updated: June 5th, 2013
Compare and contrast. A few days ago, one of Britain’s best-loved hate preachers, Anjem Choudary, a man so widely admired that we pay him £25,0000 a year in benefits so he can live in this country, was filmed saying murdered Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby will “burn in hellfire” as a non-Muslim.
Choudary then added, in typically disarming manner, that Adebolajo and Adebowale, the two men charged with Drummer Rigby’s murder, were doing “what they believed to be Islamically correct”, while noting that Michael Adobelajo was “a very nice man”.
Quite properly, the police refused to step in. After all, we have the right to free speech in this country, and Choudary said nothing illegal.
Quizzed on the matter, assistant police commissioner Cressida Dick told MPs: “In the case of somebody like Mr Choudary we are constantly assessing whether any of his proclamations are breaking the criminal law.” Cressida Dick further explained to MPs that the complexity of legislation surrounding the incitement of religious and racial hatred made it difficult to build a case against Choudary.
Now let’s cross the country to Newport, south Wales.
At roughly the same time that Choudary was making his statement, T-shirt seller Matthew Taylor was printing, and displaying, a T-shirt inscribed with the words: “Obey our laws, respect our beliefs, or get out of our country”. As Taylor told reporters, the brutal killing of Drummer Rigby had spurred him into making the shirt, because the shocking attack had “left him upset”. Taylor added: “If you don’t like the way a country is run, and don’t like our beliefs, then go somewhere else, don’t go killing people.”