So Emdadur Choudary, proud member of Muslims Against Crusades, was handed a paltry £50 fine for burning poppies while chanting ‘British soldiers burn in hell’ and calling them ‘murderers, rapists and terrorists’ during the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day last year.
When asked to comment on the incident, he said he doesn’t recognise Armistice Day or the two-minute silence; something so many of us value and respect.
And he constantly distanced himself from any relationship with the UK. He referred to our servicemen who fought and died in campaigns past and present as ‘your dead,’ and said none of those who perished have helped his life in any way.
He made it quite clear that although has a British passport, he doesn’t class himself as being British, saying it was ‘just a label’ although he is happy to draw his monthly £792 benefits from British taxpayers.
Choudary emphasised that his acts and chants were simply freedoms of expression, regardless of whoever it hurts or insults and that those freedoms should be accepted by all who live here. And as we are tolerant to a fault in this country nowadays, some will no doubt accept his point of view.
But then by the same token, would Choudary accept that for those who do not recognise his beliefs and customs, they may demonstrate their views and actions by burning the Koran?
Peter Flynn, Hillsborough