Hate, but not race

Mizanur Rahman urges people to "behead those who insult Islam"; Ziauddin Sardar calls him "an extremist Muslim inciting racial hatred" (Columns, 27 November). But Rahman is not inciting racial hatred, he is inciting murder. Sardar describes the BNP leader Nick Griffin as "racially abusing Muslims" by calling Islam a "wicked, vicious faith". Griffin is a nasty racist, but the remarks have nothing to do with race. Islam and Christianity are not races; they are politico-religious opinions.

Connaire Kensit
London SW15

This article first appeared in the 04 December 2006 issue of the New Statesman, Nation of fools