News from the United Kingdom, Friday 17th May 2013

International Business TimesMuslim Rage? ‘Racist’ St George’s Flag Ban ‘is Gift to EDL’. ‘Muslims have rubbished claims by a local Labour politician that they are offended by England’s St George’s flag. A council in Somerset banned local residents from flying the national flag on Armistice Day, after a councillor sparked controversy by claiming it offended Muslims.’

Huffington Post UKMuslim women converts tell of hijab dilemmas, family rows and negative portrayal of faith. ‘Dilemmas over wearing the hijab, pressures to marry, abuse from BNP family members and trans-sexuality are just some of the experiences of female Muslim converts in Britain explored in a groundbreaking new study. Women interviewed for the project co-ordinated by Cambridge University and The New Muslims Project spoke candidly about feeling like “trophy converts” as white British followers of Islam, the negative portrayal of Islam by the media and their struggle for acceptance and understanding from society, friends and families.’

News ShopperCrayford mosque protest over ‘sexist and offensive signs’ cancelled. ‘A right-wing organisation led by a former BNP councillor for Swanley has scrapped plans to protest outside a Crayford mosque this weekend. The English National Resistance were set to rally against what it branded the “sexist and offensive” signs at North West Kent Muslim Association’s mosque in Crayford High Street on Saturday. (May 18). Members are angry the building has separate entrances for men and women.’

Burton MailOutrage at fascist activist’s claims. ‘Reports of a far-right political activist living in a sleepy South Derbyshire village have drawn condemnation from community leaders and residents. Sudbury resident Matthew Gill, who recently stepped down as policies officer for the New British Union, has ruffled feathers after being quoted in the national press defending Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The New British Union is an openly fascist party aiming to follow ‘in the footsteps of Oswald Mosley’ – the leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930’s.’

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