continued on site.A senior member of the BNP who burned a copy of the Qur'an in his garden has been arrested following an investigation by the Observer.
Footage of the burning shows Sion Owens, 40, from south Wales and a candidate for the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, soaking the Qur'an in kerosene and setting fire to it.
A video clip of the act, leaked to the Observer and passed immediately to South Wales police, provoked fierce criticism from the government.
A statement from the Home Office said: "The government absolutely condemns the burning of the Qur'an. It is fundamentally offensive to the values of our pluralist and tolerant society.
"We equally condemn any attempts to create divisions between communities and are committed to ensuring that everyone has the freedom to live their lives free from fear of targeted hostility or harassment on the grounds of a particular characteristic, such as religion."
Isn't it hypocritical to say that in a pluralist and tolerant society one cannot perform a non violent act of protest with one's own belongings without the fear/threat of arrest?
What are the Irish atheists view on this issue?
The fact that it was a BNP councillor seems to me to be an irrelevancy.
When did burning your own book, on your own property become a crime in the UK.
Could the same happen here?
Is it right to arrest someone for burning their own book?