Tommy Robinson has claimed UK prisons are "training camps" for Islamic State.
In the wake of the attack on crowds near a mosque in north London, the former leader of the English Defence League has been accused of 'inciting hatred' by several media outlets for a series of tweets he posted about the incident.
In an extended interview with Paul Ross, he refuted this allegation.
He insisted: "If you attack a Muslim woman on the street, you’re a coward. If you attack a mosque, you’re a moron.
"Every opportunity I’ve had, every single time, I go out of my way to make everyone clear on that.
"I always try to separate Muslims from Islam. Muslims are people, you can’t hate people.
"Islam is an idea – a bad idea - which deserves all of the criticism we can give it."
When speaking to a caller on the show, the EDL founder also claimed UK prisons were fertile ground for radicalisation.
He said: "One of my best friends converted doing a four-and-a-half [-year sentence] in jail.
"I’ve seen it with our own eyes – our prison camps are Isis-training camps and they’re breeding an army.
"I tried talking about that at the time, I got shouted down for trying to lie."