Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was today accused of stirring up hatred in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack as he appeared on Good Morning Britain.
He was interviewing Robinson on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday morning in the wake of the of the Finsbury Park attack.
As theRobinson held up a copy of the Koran, Morgan told him: “Show some damn respect for people’s religious beliefs.
“You’re sounding like a complete lunatic. You’re sounding like a bigoted lunatic. You’re stirring up hatred.”
However, Robinson said: “This book is the reason we are in such a mess.”
The television presenter responded: “We’re in this mess because people take Islam, they are terrorists and they abuse the nature of Islam and… perpetrate evil.”
Robinson, whose birth name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, refused to accept Islam was a religion.
Oh, we let him speak. That was his main problem. https://t.co/tPcVd4f8qU
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 20, 2017
He said: “Islam is an idea – a bad idea.”
Robinson also said that there is “no such word” as Islamophobia: “There’s no such word as Islamophobia. A phobia is an irrational fear, it’s not irrational to fear these things.”
Some viewers were unimpressed by seeing Tommy Robinson on their televisions. One wrote: “Tommy Robinson is an absolute fool, why he is even given a platform to share his racist views is beyond me”.
Another said: “I’d really like to understand GMB’s reasons for giving hate-preacher Tommy Robinson airtime this morning coz I can’t think of a good one.”
The Finsbury Park attack is the latest incident to hit the capital. It saw a white vehicle used by a man to deliberately target an area busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at a nearby mosque on Monday.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene on Seven Sisters Road, and nine others were taken to hospital.
A vigil held outside Finsbury Park Mosque, just a stone’s throw from the place where the incident unfolded at around 12.20am, saw the surrounding streets on Monday evening engulfed by people wishing to show their support.