Wednesday, 24 March 2010

MP quizzed by police after saying 'wearing burkha was like having paper bag over your head'

(Ed: I wonder what would happen if I said the burka feels to me like the religious equivalent of a hoodie?)

A Tory MP has been investigated by police for alleged racial hatred after criticising the burka during a Commons debate.

Philip Hollobone described the garment as 'the religious equivalent of going around with a paper bag over your head with two holes for the eyes'.

Northamptonshire Race Equality Council, which is funded by taxpayers, complained to police.

Mr Hollobone, pictured, said the group wanted to see him prosecuted for inciting religious hatred but the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to take action.

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