BNP Leader Defends Views on Islam

November 8, 2006

Source: BBC News

The leader of the British National Party has told a court the idea Islam has a tolerant and moderate strand is "a politically correct nonsense".

Nick Griffin, 47, denies two charges of stirring racial hatred.

The charges arose from speeches made in Keighley which were secretly filmed for a BBC documentary on the party in 2004.

Mr Griffin, of Powys, mid Wales, said he was not intending to stir up racial hatred but did have a religious and cultural problem with Islam.

The BNP's head of publicity, Mark Collett, 26, of Rothley, Leicestershire, also denies four similar race hate charges relating to two separate speeches.