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Get your coat Benedict, you’ve pulled.

Via the comments to this post at Pickled Politics I came across an article in the Daily Mail about former al-Mujaharoun bigmouth Anjem Choudhary’s protest outside Westminster Cathedral yesterday. It’s headed “The Pope must die, says Muslim” – perhaps someone had asked him “Anjem, what’s the name of the 1991 comedy directed by Peter Richardson and starring Robbie Coltrane?”.

To an audience of around 100 protesters (or if you prefer, a whopping 0.017% of London’s Muslim population) – Choudhary said that “The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and that must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the prophet. Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment.”

Nothing new there, of course. What did catch my eye though was a passage about the reaction to the Pope’s speech in Iran.

There were fierce denunciations of the pontiff from Iran. The English-language Tehran Times called his lecture in Bavaria last week “code words for a new crusade”.

The powerful cleric Ahmad Khatami told theological students in the holy city of Qom: The “Pope should fall on his knees in front of a senior Muslim cleric and try to understand Islam.”

You old smoothie, Ahmad. You know all the lines.

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