All in how you read it
Politicians, police chiefs and Muslim groups yesterday added their voices to the controversy surrounding the threat by a group of Islamic extremists to march through Wootton Bassett, the market town which has become the grieving focal point for Britain’s war dead.
Plans by Islam4UK to parade through the town carrying empty coffins to symbolise those “mercilessly murdered” in Iraq and Afghanistan have outraged the Home Secretary so much that he said he would have no hesitation in backing any request by Wiltshire police and the local authority to ban the march.</em>
Reading this article is interesting to see how benumbed we are to the twin concepts of “Islam=Evil” and “Rights come from the state”.
Yesterday Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that a ban could inflame tensions, any decision to do so would surprise him, and people had “a right to march”. He said: “It can be the case that if you ban something it becomes more popular to turn up to. You then have a mass unlawful protest.”</em>
After first acknowledging that “people have a right to march” he then immediately backtracks by describing a “mass unlawful protest”. You can’t have both. Either people have the ability (ie, “right”) to gather and protest, or they don’t. The state has nothing to say about it. Now, you can pass any manner of “laws” that state otherwise, but the reality is, three people on a street corner is a “protest” if they say something that someone in power doesn’t like. Ask China.
And then we have this:
In the Commons, Justice minister Michael Wills echoed comments made by the Prime Minister and David Cameron in condemning the proposed march and said it would “be treated with repugnance by every decent person in this country”.
Oh, every decent person in the country is defined by their non-objection to the slaughter of innocents purely based upon religious belief and geography? Guess I wouldn’t be considered a “decent” person then, since as a human being I find the mass murder of civilians to be intolerable…and repugnant. I guess it all depends on how you read something, right?