Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Islamic Centre burns, tabloids shrug

Remember how, following those protests by a group of placard-waving Muslims in Luton, the home and cars of one of them were attacked? Well the Sun is now reporting that an Islamic Centre in Luton has been 'gutted' in an arson attack.

Luckily, no-one was hurt. Although going by some of the comments, that isn't good news for Sun readers.

'Oh dear I won't get a wink of sleep tonight,' says exbootneck.

'Oh dear, how sad, never mind,' sneers Pete30601.

'Let this be a warning to anybody that slanders our wonderful military forces,' threatens sugoiboy.

Joepub is 'gutted' - but only because he thinks the taxpayer will have to pay for the re-build.

But the most curious comment comes from gloryglory who says: 'I wonder if there would be all this publicity if this was a Church that had an arson attack, and not a Mosque? No, I didn't think so, either.'

It wasn't a mosque, so the comparison isn't really on. But it's nonsense anyway - if a church had been burnt, we all know that it would be all over the tabloids. You know, like when Muslims were falsely blamed for attacking a soldier's home in Windsor.

But the most interesting bit of the comment is 'all this publicity'. That's 165 words in the Sun, and not one word in either the Mail or Express. Compare that with 'all the publicity' the original protests received.

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