Richard Braine, the new leader of UKIP, has reportedly said that the distribution of the Qur’an should be banned in the UK under terrorism laws. Braine had been elected as the new UKIP leader at the weekend, beating three other candidates for the position.
The Guardian reported that Braine said a few weeks ago that:
“We have laws against incitement, and yet there are people handing out Qur’ans in Leicester Square off a trestle table – a book which tells people to kill us to please God. We’ve got to stop incitement in public places like that. We’ve got to stop bigamy, welfare abuse. We’ve got to educate people in this country so they understand what the Qur’an says, what Islam really is, so they understand that it contains a hundred instructions to maim and slaughter innocent people – homosexuals, the infidel, women, apostates. So we need to understand what is in that book, we need to educate ourselves and our children about that.”
The Muslim Council of Great Britain said in a statement:
“UKIP’s continued descent into even greater depths of bigotry is only matched by its growing irrelevance and obscurity. Virulent Islamophobia was not a successful tactic under the previous UKIP leadership, and will not be this time. Our nation knows better.”