A market trader has been banned from having a stall after selling Knights Templar coffee mugs – in case they upset Muslims.
Tina Gayle, 57, who was previously warned for selling books and CDs featuring Nazi swastikas, was ordered to remove the £6 mugs from her stall after Charnwood Borough Council received a complaint they were offensive.
The mugs feature a drawing of a knight and have the Latin motto which translates as: ‘Not to us Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory.’
The Knights Templar was a medieval order of crusading Christian monks who fought against Muslim soldiers.
Some modern extremists have claimed to be part of them, for example right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik who wrote a ‘manifesto’ saying they had been re-founded to fight against the ‘ongoing European Jihad.’
When Tina, who pays £16.80 each week for a pitch at Loughborough market, refused to withdraw the mugs she was banned from coming back.
The mum-of-five, who also works as a book dealer and artist, said: ‘It’s absolutely, completely bonkers. How on earth are these mugs offensive?…