Freedom of speech wins in Leicester
Great news! Peter James Crawford who was put on trial under the ridiculous charge of “religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress by demonstrating hostility based on membership of a particular religious group” because he threw his OWN copy of
The Big Book of Evil The Koran onto the floor and told a group of Islamic evangelists that ‘Islam is a load of bollocks’ has finally had proceedings against him dropped. It appears that the CPS will not be reopening the case after the jury in the first case couldn’t agree on a verdict. This time freedom has triumphed.
Jihad Watch report that:
“Peter James Crawford was said to have torn pages from his own copy of the Koran and thrown the book on the ground shouting “Your religion is a load of b***cks”. He did this next to a stall run by the Islamic Information Centre, near the Clock Tower, in Leicester city centre, last May.
Kamran Qayyum, an employee of the IIC, told the court that Mr Crawford “started tearing up pages from a book and they were going on the floor. He wasn’t saying anything. The pages covered a lot of ground, they were everywhere. I then noticed Arabic inscriptions and realised it was the Koran. I knelt down and was picking up the papers when he threw the Koran down, just missing me.”
Mr Qayyum said: “The Koran is sacred to us and we honour it. We also have a Bible on our stand and we show the Bible the same respect. One of the laws of the Koran is it shouldn’t be on the floor, it should be high up and our hands should be clean when it’s touched. I was shocked.”
Defence advocate Steven Newcombe said: “There are many who oppose Islam. Did you take it he was expressing anti-Islamic views and disrespecting the religion?”
“Yes,” said Mr Quyyum, although he agreed that Mr Crawford did not threaten or provoke any violence.
Another stall volunteer, Zahid Hussein, said: “I saw him ripping up the book. I was in shock, disgusted. It’s our life, our way of life and we live by that book – it’s very sacred.”
Mr Hussain, you admit that you live your life by the instructions contained in
The Big Book of Evil The Koran, you have therefore damned yourself with your own words. The Prophet Mohammed WAS a mass murdering, thieving, paedophile, and you ADMIT to following him. The whole world now knows that you Mr Hussain, follow a filthy 7th Century nonce.
Jihad Watch added:
“But the eight women and four men on the jury sent a note to the judge saying there was no prospect of them reaching either a unanimous or a majority verdict on which at least 10 of them agreed.
Crawford was released on bail with a condition imposed that he should not to go within half-a-mile of the Clock Tower on Saturday afternoons….”
Well done that Jury. Although we will never know your names, you have put yourself in the same category as other heroic juries of the past, such as those in the famous Bushell’s Case of 1670, who have refused to bend to pressure from judges or other forces.
The National Secular Society said of the case:
“Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, commented: “The Muslim volunteers put themselves out there in a public place with an idea that should not have special protection from argument or strong disapproval. We would protect the right of the Islamic Society to distribute their propaganda, but, providing it is done non-violently, we should also protect the right of those who dispute it to freely express their disproval.” ”
It looks very much like this Leicester Islamic propaganda group thought that this jury would act like good Dhimmi’s and would convict Mr Crawford but this Jury has remembered that there is such a thing as free speech.
If the CPS cannot get a conviction for insulting Islam in Leicester of all places, an area that has been heavily and loudly Islamised, what chance a conviction anywhere else in the UK?
If you see Mr Crawford, buy him a beer and say ‘thank you’ for standing up for free speech.
Jihad Watch story
Article about this case from the National Secular Society
Gatestone Institute article on Leicester and especially Islamic extremism and separatism entitled ‘Feeding Hate’.
The Bushell Case, the famous case from 1670 that decided that a jury could not be punished for its verdict.
More on Bushell’s Case (From Howell’s State Trials)