Islam in the WestKeep blasphemy laws out of the UK
As the U.K. has worked to integrate immigrants from Pakistan, British culture has too often deferred to radical views on blasphemy – allowing activists to impose de facto blasphemy laws.
The latest incident happened last month in West Yorkshire, where students accidentally scuffed a Koran belonging to an autistic 14-year-old boy. Things quickly escalated.
A Labour Party councillor said the book had been "desecrated" and that the matter needed "to be dealt with urgently by all the authorities", including the police. Amid death threats, the school suspended four students even though the head teacher found they had no malicious intent.
In a video widely shared on social media, the mother of the boy whose Koran was scuffed appeared at a mosque – alongside an imam, the local police chief and the school’s head teacher – to apologise and seek forbearance for her son.
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