A video of the incident, uploaded to social media on Friday and quickly going viral, showed a Muslim suddenly screaming at a Christian woman for putting her feet on the seat of a London train.
The Muslim man, speaking English with a Pakistani accent, was irate because a woman, identified on Facebook as Ruby Butler, was apparently sitting with feet, fully covered with shoes, resting on the seat next to her.
“You should be in prison,” the man yelled.
Butler, off camera, replied that she was tired and had a right to put her feet up. But the Muslim man was not accepting any excuses.
“Don’t argue with me,” he stated emphatically.
Other passengers tried to calm the man down with tepid support for Butler. (One tall man with glasses told the Muslim that Butler wasn’t worth arguing with.) Another off-camera passenger tried to remind the man that they were all in non-Muslim England.
The Muslim then declared that he was born in England and had “as much right as you have,” suggesting that he had as much right to want a woman punished for putting up her feet as she had to put them up.
The situation appeared to be escalating when the Muslim man asked one of the vocal passengers, “What are you going to do? Hit me?”
No fists started flying, but the Muslim then stated that he would call the police — a decision that the clearly exasperated Butler quickly supported.
“If they can arrest me for putting my feet on the chair then I will gladly be arrested,” she said.
Then Butler tried to explain that she was Christian — not Muslim — and she prayed with her shoes on. The disgusted Muslim man then exited the train when it made its next scheduled stop (H/T LifeZette).
Obviously, this Muslim felt entitled to use his religion to badger the Christian woman. We hope that this is not a typical example of life in the new, multicultural Europe.
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