Christine Hamilton has been sacked as a charity ambassador after comparing the burqa to the outfits worn by the Ku Klux Klan. "If the burqa [sic] is acceptable then presumably this is too?" she tweeted, posting a picture showing individuals wearing Ku Klux Klan-style clothing.
Following the criticism she received, Hamilton insisted her tweet had been misunderstood: "For heaven's sake – no, I am not comparing Muslim women to KKK members and yes, thank you, I do know the difference. I was graphically illustrating how full facial cover can be sinister, which is how many people view the burqa."
However, members of the public had already contacted many of the charities she represented, prompting them to cut ties with her.