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The former leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for thirteen months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video that could prejudice an ongoing trial. His supporters have protested his imprisonment, and Donald Trump Jr. has leant his support to their cause.
Sunday 6th May 2018 saw two to three thousand people march through London flying national flags and holding signs decrying limits to freedom of speech. Yet commentators see their rhetoric regarding civil and religious rights as a contradiction.
A study from Liverpool Hope University has revealed that parents are pulling their children out of religious education classes because they do not want them to learn about Islam. Four in ten school leaders said they had received requests to remove children from religious education lessons.
A motion at the National Education Union’s annual conference has said that Ofsted’s stance on banning hijabs in schools risks community cohesion, with delegates commenting its ‘muscular liberalism’ is Islamophobic and racist.