So much for being tolerant people.
Three men — Amin Mohmed, Mohammed Patel and Faruq Patel — went on a rampage attacking strangers because they were white ‘non-Muslims’.
As you can imagine, by their actions and their names, these men are Muslim.
One witness feared they were ISIS terrorists.
All three of the men were drunk and targeted three unknown men before attacking Gary Bohanna because he told them he was Christian.
Laughing Faruq, 19, who was not convicted of a racial or religious motive, then filmed Mohmed punching St Helens councillor Paul Lynch to the ground, as his terrified girlfriend tried to protect him.
Liverpool Crown Court heard counter-terrorism officers raided the three men’s homes in Bolton after the shocking incident on March 20 last year.
The judge, Recorder Louise Brandon, said: “This was a disgraceful and sustained campaign of violence carried out on the streets of this city.”
Paul Treble, prosecuting, said fellow-Muslim Edris Nosrati spotted two of the gang attacking a man in Bold Street at around 3.30am.
He said: “He was concerned because one of them seemed to be using racist language, talking about Muslims and Christians.
“One of them came up to Mr Nosrati and said ‘are you a Muslim?’ Mr Nosrati said he was, but the man said ‘well, what’s the Muslim word?’”
He said Mr Nosrati replied with a “well-known” Arabic phrase: “There is only one God, and Muhammad is a messenger.”
Mr Treble said: “He said it’s a phrase often linked with ISIS.
“He was concerned as to their exact intent and that they might be associated in some way to an extremist organisation.”
Nosrati pursued the three men to Renshaw Street, where the came upon Mr Bohanna and asked: “What are you?”
Confused, the victim didn’t know how to respond, but when one of them said “I’m a Muslim, what are you?” he answered “I’m a Christian”.
The attacker shouted “Why aren’t you a Muslim?” before punching him twice, breaking his glasses and causing a 2cm cut above his left eye.
The gang then encountered Mr Lynch, Labour councillor for Moss Bank, and his girlfriend Jill Newton.
Footage taken by Faruq captured Mohmed punch Mr Lynch with a “sickening blow” that could be “seen and heard”.
No racist comments were used, but Liverpool John Moores University student Faruq could be heard laughing as the victim fell.