21 January 2006

Allah told me so

Abu Hamza's defence hard at work:

“It is said he was preaching murder, but he was actually preaching from the Koran itself.”Mr Fitzgerald cited two verses of the book that Abu Hamza would rely on, among many others, as theological justification for the words that had led to him being charged. They were Chapter 2, verse 216 and Chapter 9, verse 111. He said that all the great monotheistic religions had scriptures that contained “the language of blood and retribution”.

Presumably this observation also has a theological justification (between lawyers and holy books what can't be justified?):

"Hitler was sent into the world'' because of their ``treachery, blasphemy and filth''...

He is not on trial, the lawyer - QC! Legal Aid! - reminds us, for describing England as a toilet. We all remember Paxman's interview with Hamza:

PAXMAN:If it's so detestable here, why don't you live somewhere else?
HAMZA:Well, I hope so, but I'm just as stuck as somebody who is stuck in a toilet and there is a mine field outside.

We all need good laugh every now and then: watch the interview - the video link is on the top right hand corner of the page: