Tina Gayle has been prohibited from having a stall in Loughborough Market after someone complained about the mugs. She said the complainant had told the council the £6 Knights Templar mugs were offensive to Muslims and so she was asked to remove them from her stall.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Sharon H) When she refused to do so she was sent a letter and informed she had been given an outright ban. Gayle, 56, said: ‘It’s very unfair. The council told me about the complaint about the mugs and them being offensive to Muslims. They asked me to remove them. I said that was ridiculous and told them “no”.
‘They then printed off a letter on Friday at 4pm and said I’m banned. You’re meant to have three written warnings before expulsion and they didn’t do that. It was apparently something so bad they were banning me completely.’ She added: ‘They have only given me three days to appeal which is nowhere near long enough.’
Miss Gayle, who lives in Didcot, has been travelling to Loughborough and selling rare books there for the last three years. She started selling the Knights Templar mugs to try and make more money, as she pays the council £22 to rent the stall.
She said: ‘I provide a service no one else provides. I find books that people can’t find and are out of print…I make a lot of people very happy. ‘My customers think it’s terrible what’s going on and that the council are saying what they can and can’t buy.’
Referring to the mugs she said: ‘The complainant said they were offensive because the Knights Templar killed Muslims in the crusades 710 years ago. (Only as a response to Muslims who had been killing Christians for centuries)
‘A lot of my customers are Knights Templar, it’s a Christian Masonic Order. It’s about swearing a vow to protect the Christian faith.
The Knights Templar was a religious order that fought in the Crusades. The group of knights originally protected Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land against attack from brigands and Saracen (Muslim) pirates after the crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099.
They gradually transformed into a chivalric order of warrior-monks who fought bravely in the Crusades. King Henry II (1154–1189) granted the group land across England where they built several churches and other headquarters.
Good news, she was apologized to and reinstated her right to sell! http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/we-wrong-council-sorry-banning-622355