While the right to cause offence is widely accepted as free expression, causing serious offence and deeply insulting what others hold sacred is truly unacceptable in a democratic society. Hopkins would not make similar claims of Jesus or Christianity in light of child sex abuse scandals in Catholic institutions or of white British people following the widely publicised scandals involving Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris and a host of other famous faces. Indeed, the vast majority of men on the sex offenders register are white men – would Katie Hopkins tweet comments blaming Britons, or ‘white culture’ of Christianity for their actions?
Holding white people responsible for the criminal behaviour of the few would be indefensibly racist. Why then attack Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad (saw) for the behaviour of some Pakistani men?
The Sun newspaper, the most widely read newspaper in the UK, should not allow the views of bigots to grace its pages. It would not allow individuals who aired racial slurs or anti-Semitic remarks – it must not allow a person whose tweets clearly point to a deep hostility towards Islam and Muslims.
Voice your concerns and write to the editor of the Sun urging him to distance the UK’s most popular paper from this bigot.
Hopkins was sacked from This Morning after 85,000 people signed an online petition calling for her to be banned by ITV and Channel 5.
It is time for The Sun to follow their lead.
What you can do:
- Many Muslims read the newspaper and are deeply horrified and insulted by her comments.
- The newspaper would do well to dispense with the services of this racist bigot.
- The newspaper would not allow people who tweeted bigoted remarks about blacks, Jews or any minority group in Britain, it must not allow someone who takes pleasure in tweeting anti-Muslim comments.
- The newspaper should follow the example of TV channels which have already acted to take her vile comments off our TV screens. The newspaper must follow suit and get rid of her.
Simply copy the sample text below and send it to:
I am writing to express my sheer disgust at a recent tweet by your weekly columnist Katie Hopkins. Whilst Ms Hopkins is no stranger to controversy and has rightly been sacked from ‘This Morning’ for offensive comments, her latest outburst is a new low and is deeply insulting to millions of Muslims. To call the Prophet Muhammad a ‘paedophile’ and to imply that Islam condones the rape of ‘young white girls’ is neither factually correct nor defensible as an expression of free speech. No doubt The Sun would sack a journalist who blamed black people for criminal acts committed by people of the same racial group; it would sack a journalist who expressed homophobic views about gay people or indeed anti-semitic views about Jewish people. It must not tolerate this sort of Islamophobic tripe from a columnist whose outrageous bigotry has already seen her removed from TV. The Sun must not allow her a platform in its newspaper.
I urge you to sack Katie Hopkins like other media companies already have. Her deep-seated prejudices have no place in our society and you would do well to dispense with the services of this racist bigot.