After the BNP leader was acquitted of charges of inciting racial hatred for saying that Islam is a "wicked, vicious faith" Gordon Brown has called for a rewording of the law to ensure that next time he will be found guilty. While it is right to want to stop this man from spreading his own form of hatred - there is more than enough of that around - the reason why the government wants to change the law is unacceptable.
Lord Falconer told the BBC:
We should look at them [the laws] in the light of what's happened here because what is being said to young Muslim people in this country is that we as a country are anti-Islam, and we have got to demonstrate without compromising freedom that we are not.The people saying these things to young Muslims are no better than the BNP thugs. They also want to spread hatred and cause friction between communities. Why then should the government be changing the law to target one set of racists purely for the benefit of another? The government should want to clamp down on that sort of speech from both sides.