Monday, 18 April 2011


The moron who burned the poppies at the Remembrance Day service gets a £50 fine and outraged a nation.

Emdadur Choudhury Islamic scumbag
London Evening Standard
The Prime Minister told the Commons that a "stronger statement" should have been made to show public disgust at the man's action.
"I think to many of us, you look at something like that and feel that we should be making a stronger statement that the sort of behaviour is out of order and has no place in a tolerant country," he said.
Now a guy who burns a Koran in protest gets a 70 day prison sentence.

Cumberland News.
A man who burned a copy of the Koran in Carlisle city centre was today jailed for 70 days.
Andrew Ryan, 32, of Summerhill, off London Road, was accompanied to Carlisle Magistrates' Court by supporters carrying a St George's Cross flag who were chanting "We love you England".

Ryan had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harrassment and theft of the Koran holy book from Carlisle Library at an earlier hearing.
Ok it wasn't his Koran, he stole it from the library, however that normally involves just a fine not a custodial sentence, but 70 days for outraging Muslims whilst the moron who burned a poppy and outraged the nation gets only a £50 fine?
The word disproportionate seems to apply here. After all if some idiot artist can put on display a bible to be defaced and has nothing done to them. this guy should surely have expected the same, save I suppose that he didn't call it art.
I suspect Andrew Ryan  will end up a hero in some quarters, despite the theft, I have to admit I don't like the idea of burning books, but I have never felt so close to burning a Koran as I've done this afternoon, sadly though I now know the cost of freedom of expression and that's 70 days in jail.

George Orwell, Animal Farm Chapter 10. 
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Andyj said...

"racially aggravated harrassment and theft"..

Errr, I'm sorry, what country was the book born in?

Being a Muslim is not a race. Therefore a Koran is a race and can be harassed?

Methinks that Judge is a loony and the mans lawyer possibly had a paid interest for the conviction to come through.

Silly Kuffar said...

We should do a mass burning of the Koran, get as many as possible, either to meet in one of our Major Cities and burn as many Korans as possible.
Or people in the NW,SW,SE,NE chould meet in the Major Cities in their areas and at a set time burn as many copies of the Koran as possible.
The powers that be wouldn't be able to arrest and prosecute everyone involved if the Koran Burning is done En-Masse.

Durotrigan said...

I missed this story whilst on holiday and mercifully (for my blood pressure) offline. This 70-day sentence is a disgrace and yet depressingly predictable. I'm generally not in favour of book burning, but then again, the Qur'an isn't just like any other book. I'd like to see the institution of a new English tradition on St George's Day: celebratory hog roasts lit using pages from the Qur'an, followed by the burning of an effigy of Mohammed upon a bonfire. Add a few drinks and I'm sure that such parties would be an uproarious success.