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A different extremist doesn't make the news

Issue No. 2140

A dangerous and violent extremist appeared in court earlier this month. He pleaded guilty to charges involving threats to plant bombs. He also admitted threatening to kidnap and behead innocent members of the public if his demands weren’t met.

You probably haven’t heard this story as it has received next to no coverage in the mainstream media – because the extremist in question wasn’t a Muslim.

Neil MacGregor, a self-proclaimed “proud racist and National Front member”, sent emails threatening to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque and to behead one Muslim a week unless every mosque in Scotland was shut down.

In contrast, when Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed finally returns home – after seven years of being detained without charge – he is attacked on the front page of the Daily Express for being “a massive financial burden on law-abiding taxpayers in this country”.

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What We Think
Tue 24 Feb 2009, 18:21 GMT
Issue No. 2140
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