More on mosque
PUBLISHED: 10:58 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 May 2010
SIR – It appears that Danny Seabrook is so enraged at the prospect of minarets on our high streets – despite the fact that, pending appeal, planning permission for the mosque has been rejected – that he s going to stand for the odious British National Pa
SIR - It appears that Danny Seabrook is so enraged at the prospect of minarets on our high streets - despite the fact that, pending appeal, planning permission for the mosque has been rejected - that he's going to stand for the odious British National Party in the forthcoming parish election. And not, he tells us, just on the usual anti-Islamic platform of this bunch of half-wits. Oh no, Mr Seabrook assures us: he's interested in the rail freight terminal and conservation issues. Well, that's OK, then.
That'd be the same BNP that called the current Copenhagen summit an 'anti-white guilt hatefest which will see billions more taxpayers' cash poured into the Third World' on its website, would it? Or would it be the BNP whose transport policy is to build a 'magnetic levitation, inter-city rail network'?
Or would it be the BNP whose leader made such a complete buffoon of himself on Question Time by demonstrating how hopelessly out of touch he is with modern opinion on race and ethnicity?
Or the BNP whose few electoral gains are always accompanied by a rise in racist attacks? Or the BNP who play on the legitimate fears of people at times of crisis by scapegoating one section of society - in their case Muslims? Try as he might, Danny Seabrook can't disguise the fact that the BNP is a party that stands in the tradition of Hitler and the Nazis. There might be a whole range of issues about the building of a new mosque in London Colney, but voters there won't have trouble in seeing the naked, racist opportunism of the BNP when it raises its ugly head.
Secretary, 3 Counties Unite Against Fascism, St Albans
SIR - Under the heading "Fear of reprisals" (Herts Advertiser, December 10) your Name and Address Supplied correspondent may well inflame prejudice against Islamic peoples, intentionally or otherwise.
Extremist followers of Islam, and indeed of other faiths, have dangerous and replusive views. This is not true of people generally, and prejudice is as undesirable as it is unwarranted and unwise.
A Christian wanting to visit Bethlehem and other places associated with Jesus can travel without fear (at least from Muslims) in Palestine. One wanting the ultimate Christian experience of attending a church service held in Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ, can do so in Syria.
The majority of Muslims in our country have done nothing to warrant dislike. The controversy about the London Colney mosque has been about where it might be, not what; let's keep it that way.
Claygate Avenue, Harpenden