Inciting racial hatred and murder – double standards?

A British Muslim called for American and Danish people to be murdered, at a protest against cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, a court has heard. Umran Javed, 27, of Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, took part in the event on 3 February last year after the cartoons were published in Denmark. Prosecutor David Perry QC told the Old Bailey Mr Javed “encouraged killing and incited racial hatred”. Mr Javed denies charges of soliciting murder and stirring up racial hatred.

BBC News, 3 January 2007

Of course, if Javed is guilty of these charges there can be no objection to convicting him. However, there do appear to be some double standards at work here, when websites like this are able to consistently stir up racial hatred and even solicit the murder of their political opponents without any action being taken against them. (It’s not as though the police would have any difficulty identifying who is behind this loathsome website – see here and here.)