Two devout Christian hoteliers have been cleared of insulting a Muslim guest after a judge heard that she had claimed Jesus was a "minor prophet" and the Bible was untrue.

District Judge Richard Clancy ruled that Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang's were covered by their right to freedom of expression under the European Human Rights Act after they were alleged to have compared the prophet Mohammed to Hitler and called the guest, Ericka Tazi, a terrorist.

They were said to have picked on Mrs Tazi, a 60-year-old recent Muslim convert, after she had come down for breakfast wearing a hijab and full length Islamic dress. But the court heard Mrs Tazi hit back, saying: "I've tried Jesus, it didn't work for me but the Bible is untrue anyway and Jesus is a minor prophet".

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