Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Burning Poppies

It's been reported that a fanatic Islamist extremist who set fire to poppies during the silence on Remembrance Day last year has been fined £50.

Now, I personally do not criticise the sentence. I am of the opinion that freedom of speech is paramount, and that anyone should be allowed to express themselves in way they want. If that means that some jumped-up psycho wannabe suicide bomber feels the urgent desire to torch poppies on Remembrance Day, then we should accept that, even if it means rejecting the urge to choke the life out of him with a rusty piano wire.

But... and this is a big one...

It should go both ways. For example, if a Christian fundamentalist were to stand in the middle of a city with a loudspeaker, declaring that Allah is a bastard, and that all of his followers are child-molesting, woman-beating, democracy-hating zealots, do you think he'd get off with a paltry £50 fine?

No, I didn't think so.

And that hypocrisy - that double-standards which is now so ingrained into our society, our political culture and our justice system - is what enrages me.