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Farage backs controversial fringe meeting debate in Torquay

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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Nigel Farage has backed a party member’s right to ask if it was possible to be both Muslim and English at the same time at Ukip’s spring conference.

The question emerged during a lunchtime fringe meeting – from which security officials had attempted to bar journalists.

The Ukip leader was pressed on the issue during a press conference in Torquay.

He said: “As I understand it there was a fringe debate which went on at lunchtime today about sharia law, etc, and on the panel we had Amjad Bashir, who was going to be elected as a Muslim Ukip MEP.

“Is it right that at party conferences and at fringe meetings in particular people ask questions and have a debate? You bet your life it is, of course it is. Of course we should debate these things.

“Questions that are posed in terms of looking for a response are not necessarily reflective of the opinion.

“We should be having those debates, we are having those debates.”

The fringe meeting, called One Law For All, discussed how sharia courts and other religious laws could work in the British legal system.

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  • ivanovski  |  March 17 2014, 7:37PM

    What is becoming sinister is that we are drifting into a culture where you can have freedom of speech providing you comply with the arbitors of "free speech. We now have the BBC even insisting that a pop singer changes the lyric of her song to comply with their version of "free speech.

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  • Nikgee  |  March 01 2014, 11:59AM

    I am wondering just how far Farage is going to push on the let's be offensive boundaries before everyone realises that he is a menace to UK society. True he has some good ideas, but all these are ruined by the extemist attitude he has... I don't trust him

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  • Tony248  |  March 01 2014, 11:49AM

    No, I am actually in agreement with most of what you say. What this world is filled with is people who profess to be adherents to a religion, but whose behaviour and attitude reveals that to be a lie. No better examples than Bush and Blair, "devout Christians" who believed that killing people somehow furthered their religion. Hypocrites all.

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  • martian1956  |  March 01 2014, 10:27AM

    You are ignorant Tony and arrogant. Most "Christians" are actually nothing more than fascists as it is only their view, which counts. They scream freedom of speech when no violation of freedom of speech ever occurred, they don't understand policy making the least bit and most dangerously, they don't understand democracy, which does not mean religion is the law of the land, but that everyone, no matter if Christian or not is considered equal. Everyone, which includes Muslims, gay people and atheists. They are just for the most part horribly uninformed about the world they are living in, which is being fostered by those leading them. They deny the truth, they deny science and they deny rights to other people and make them miserable. I doubt this was, what Jesus imagined... Civilisation has reached the level it has in spite of religion, not because of it. Religion only exploits civilisation like a parasite. It does not contribute anything valuable, at all.

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  • Tony248  |  February 28 2014, 11:52PM

    One thing it ISN'T possible to be is a Christian and a racist hatemonger- are you listening, BNP?

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