The jury gave a unanimous not guilty verdict.
What an embarassment, why on earth was he taken to court for saying Islam is a "wicked, vicious faith"? This trial was politically motivated. The police, lawyers and the media all trying to show how Muslim friendly they really are and how that nasty Griffin should be locked up for saying Islam might not be all peace & love.
I don't know what was said in court, however I can imagine that trying to prove Islam is not wicked or vicious in it's nature could prove a tad problematic with such gems as:
Qur’an 5:33 “The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to murder them, crucify them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides...their doom is dreadful. They will not escape the fire, suffering constantly.”
Tabari IX:113 “Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur’an.”
There were hundreds of BNP supporters outside the court, chanting "Freedom!". This is indeed a victory for freedom of speech.
Will the authorities see that by trying to shut down debate about these issues, it will backfire? I don't think anybody would disagree that this is a massive victory for BNP and can only increase their cause. The poltically correct establishment really are lacking intellect and foresight in bringing this case to trial.
Amusingly Mark Collet referred to the BBC as "cockroaches". Heh. Thats not very nice is it?
Update: Gordon Brown - potentially the next prime minister of Britain - says
Chancellor Gordon Brown has said race hate laws should be tightened after BNP leader Nick Griffin was cleared of charges in court.Revised? What the fuck? So saying degrogatory things about Islam will be illegal? This will go against mainstream opinion. Idiot.
A jury at Leeds Crown Court decided earlier speeches made by Mr Griffin and another party activist, Mark Collett, had not broken the law.
But Mr Brown said he thought laws may have to be looked at again.
"I think any preaching of religious or racial hatred will offend mainstream opinion in this country," he said.
These comments were found unanimously to be not guilty on all charges. Most people in this country do seem do be in agreement, I believe, that people should be able to say almost anything offensive so as they are not inciting violence.
he [Nick Griffin] described Islam as a "wicked, vicious faith" and said Muslims were turning Britain into a "multi-racial hell hole".
At the same event, Mr Collett addressed the audience by saying: "Let's show these ethnics the door in 2004."
It's perfectly acceptable to incite emotions, good or bad, so long as it does not extend to inciting violence. Political parties are always tryong to incite emotions in voters - thats called politics.