Racist ex-soldier who stuck a pig's head to mosque gates in 'revenge' for extremists burning poppies is jailed for four monthsOk, first off Islam is not a race, it's a religion, being offended by Islamic or Muslim actions does not make you a racist. Nor am I condoning what Parkes did, it was offensive, however no more so than say burning a poppy on Remembrance Day and probably worthy of exactly the same result.
A former soldier has been jailed for four months after he tied a pig's head to the gates of a mosque before uploading pictures of what he did on Facebook.
Simon Parkes, 45, tied the animal's head to the front of Cheltenham Mosque, Gloucestershire, after seeing a group of Muslims burning poppies on Remembrance Sunday 2010.
He also wrote 'Allah' on the pig's snout in what was seen as an 'act of revenge' against the Muslim religion.
Parkes also painted 'rag heads out' on the side of the mosque.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that his actions had distressed worshippers at the mosque and served to heighten racial tensions.
Sentencing him Judge Jamie Tabor QC, said: 'Not only soldiers but the majority of citizens of this country were offended by seeing the poppies burnt.
'They, however, did not react as you did. You deliberately set out to not only insult another religion but you undertook to inflame and enhance racial tension.'
Parkes went to the mosque with an unknown accomplice in the early hours of November 13, 2010 and placed the pig's head on the gate at the front.
Pigs are seen as being unclean in the Muslim and Jewish religion so Parkes' actions will have been deeply offensive to anyone who saw what he had done.
They used red paint to daub graffiti on the building which was found a few hours later by a worshipper who was 'deeply offended' by what he saw.
However we have a judiciary and a legal system which panders to minorities and cannot seem to grasp that positive discrimination is simply discrimination so tacking a 'racist' element onto any crime committed by a white person against any other group is not only wrong it's racist in itself, particularly when the opposite does not appear to apply google Rhea Paige for a shining example of a two tier justice system.
What judgements like this do is build up a sense of resentment in the mainstream, not because we approve of what Parkes has done, but because it is manifestly unfair compared to what happened to those who in my eyes (and no doubt others) did something similar first and caused him to react in this way.
Had say those who burned the poppy and insulted our honoured dead got 4 months for their crime it would be a case of fair enough with a lot of grousing that it wasn't anywhere like enough. As it is you can insult those who gave their all for their country and get a tiny fine, when you insult Islam, you're going to prison.
And the powers that be wonder why people are getting so angry...