COPIES of the Koran were handed to the jurors in the Abu Hamza trial yesterday as his defence argued that some of the cleric’s “offensive” statements were drawn directly from Islam’s holy book.In other words, so long as incitement to murder is justified on religious grounds, it should be protected just as any other religion. This forces liberalism to face squarely what it has steadfastly avoided looking at for decades: some religions are evil.
Edward Fitzgerald, QC, for the defence, said that Abu Hamza’s interpretation of the Koran was that it imposed an obligation on Muslims to do jihad and fight in the defence of their religion. He said that the Crown case against the former imam of Finsbury Park Mosque was “simplistic in the extreme”.
He added: “It is said he was preaching murder, but he was actually preaching from the Koran itself.”
Once the British understood this, such as when they destroyed the Thuggee cult in India. Now, they must learn again that multiculturalism is incompatible with true peace.
(I wonder whether the defense barristers did this intentionally to bring the topic to greater attention. If so, kudos to them.)