Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch scored a Twitter own goal whilst trying to convince her followers she was in touch with British Muslims, citing a political commentator who was actually of Sikh heritage.
In the wake of the sentencing of Lee Rigby’s killers, Mensch tweeted: “One of the aims of #LeeRigby’s murderers was to stir up religious hatred and we must not allow them to succeed in their aim. #Islam #Peace”
“When I think of British Muslims I think of @Mo_Farah @SayeedaWarsi @RaheemJKassam @SunnyHundal @YasminQureshiMP &c not these fools #LeeRigby”
Sunny Hundal was born to Sikh parents of Indian origin and despite having a beard, is not Muslim. He tweeted back at her “Erm, I’m not Muslim Louise. Parents are Sikh”.
After Twitter users criticised her for her mistake, Mensch argued: “I’ve thought he was Muslim for ages. Based on his politics, tweets.”
The two religious fanatics who murdered Lee Rigby screamed a final act of defiance in court yesterday as they fought with guards and were dragged from the dock prior to receiving a whole-life and life sentence respectively for their “sickening and pitiless” kill
EDL March With Muslims In Ipswich In Memory Of Lee Rigby
It might seem a provocative pairing, but when the English Defence League marched with Islamic party Jimas to pay tribute to Lee Rigby, the protest was peaceful.
Since the Woolwich attack, the far-right group has clashed with anti-fascist organisations in marches organised in response to the killing.
Mosques have also been targeted with anti-Muslim graffiti sprayed on walls, and one place of worship was attacked with petrol bombs.
He said: “We were strongly motivated to match for three reasons. Perhaps first it was to show our respect and offer our condolences to Lee Rigby’s family. We also wanted to support our troops in general and show respect for the job they do.
“The third reason was defiance. We wanted to send a message to the extremists that they are committing crimes against Islam. They are not doing these things in our name.
“Although we don’t support the far right, I don’t like to paint people in general terms. They happened to be there and marching alongside them was about bridge building and preventing other parts of the Muslim community from coming to harm. By being there and opening up lines of communication we helped avoid a fracas.”
Ivan Humble, regional co-ordinator for the East Anglia Branch of the EDL, told the Ipswich Star: “This is what we need. We need to be seen working together and talking together.
“If we can work together, that has got to be good.”