Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted that anti-Islamic comments have "no place in society", weeks after quoting a far-right anti-Muslim German party – and people had a lot to say.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 today, Rees-Mogg said:
Anti-Islam comments are deeply disgraceful. As I pointed out, they're actually against the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so on all grounds, these comments are wrong. I oppose them, I disapprove of them, I reject them.
I think that Islam is an important and interesting religion and that people in this country of the Muslim faith are as patriotic as Catholics are.
That there should be no differentiation in the way they are treated in this country and religious toleration is a very important value.
The Brexiteer has been tangled up in controversy since he tweeted a video of a speech by the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) parliamentary leader Alice Weidel, whose party has been described as racist, Islamophobic and anti-semitic and has been accused of having links to neo-Nazi groups.
Labour MP David Lammy was particularly outspoken about Rees-Mogg's "endorsement" after the AfD tweet, starting a row when he compared Brexiteer Tories to Nazis on the Andrew Marr Show last Sunday.
Rees-Mogg responded saying he "feels sorry" for Lammy for comparing the group with an "organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people".
After his comments on BBC Radio 4, people took to Twitter to remind the Conservative MP he recently implied support for the far-right party in Germany.
David Lammy also chimed in, tweeting: "How about mea culpa".