Things are getting more and more absurd every day.
MendaciousÂ Â grievance-mongeringÂ taqiyya-artistÂ Fiyaz Mughal gets Tim Burton, aÂ Â host for Liberty GB radio, charged withÂ “racially aggravated harassment”.
In “‘Racialising’ Islam” in theÂ American ThinkerÂ today, Paul Austin Murphy skewers the hypocrisy, false victimhood posturing, and Islamic supremacist anti-free speech campaigning of the UK’s egregiously dishonest Fiyaz Mughal:
At the end of December 2013, a host for Liberty GB radio (Liberty GB is a British political party) was charged by West Midlands Police (England) with “racially aggravated harassment.” Tim Burton’s supposed crime was a Twitter post in which he describedÂ Fiyaz MughalÂ (who runs an “anti-Islamophobia” website/organisation calledÂ Tell MAMA) as “a mendacious grievance-mongeringtaqiyya-artist”
Fiyaz Mughal’s (or Tell MAMA’s) latest claim (as of the 14th of January) is that Tim Burton has also been guilty of “racialising Muslims.”
Now why did Tim Burton describe Fiyaz Mughal as a “a mendacious grievance-mongeringÂ taqiyya-artist”? He did so because it was revealed that Mughal had been deceiving the public about nonexistent “hate crimes” against Muslims (as first revealed byÂ TelegraphÂ journalist Andrew Gilligan). More specifically, Tell MAMA had published misleading statistics on “anti-Muslim incidents” in the wake of the Islamic murder of soldier Lee Rigby. In terms of detail, Mughal was publicly criticized by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
As a consequence of these lies (or at least these acts of dissimulation), Tell MAMA had its public/state funding withdrawn.
So what happened next? What happened next was a bizarre case of self-reference.
Because Tim Burton highlighted Fiyaz Mughal’s bogus claims about nonexistent “Islamophobia” and “hate crimes” (against Muslims), Mughal decided to accuse Tim Burton himself of committing a hate crime for revealing such mendacity. Effectively Fiyaz Mughal is attempting to stop people pointing out his bogus hate-crime claims by saying that such criticisms are also, well, hate crimes.
So firstly, Fiyaz Mughal is attempting to stop all criticism of Muslims (as Muslims) and Islam itself. And now he’s also trying to stop all criticisms of his publicly-known deceit.
As a result of all this, Tim Burton will beÂ standing trialÂ on the 18th February 2014 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court (England).
The very strange thing about all this is rather than it being the case that Tim Burton is “racialising Muslims”, as Fiyaz Mughal claims, it’s actually the case that Tell MAMA (or Fiyaz Mughal) and the Left are doing so. What Tell MAMA/Fiyaz Mughal and the Left are trying to do is convince everyone else that all criticisms of Islam and Muslims (as Muslims) are racist in nature. Why? Because if they can pull that off, then they can silence all such criticisms.
Here’s an update from Liberties Alliance
Tim Burton – Victims of Sharia
The West Midlands region of the United Kingdom
Slander (ghiba) – Reliance of the Traveller (page 730, r2.2); and TalebearingÂ (namima) – Reliance of the Traveller (page 731, r2.3).
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSED
Freedom of expression.
HUMAN RIGHTS REFERENCES
Universal Declaration of Human RightsÂ Article 19Â (freedom of opinion and expression); European Convention of Human RightsÂ Article 10Â (freedom of expression); United States ConstitutionÂ First AmendmentÂ (freedom of expression).
BACKGROUND TO THE CASE
Liberty GB states the following on its website:
‘Last week Liberty GB radio host, Tim Burton, was charged by West Midlands Police with racially aggravated harassment, after his post on Twitter described a prominent individual as “a mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist”.’ (for more details see theÂ Liberty GB website)
Mr Burton was clearly expressing a personal opinion and should therefore be protected under the right to freedom of expression that Britons supposedly still enjoy.Â Also the issue of truth was not mentioned and to the best of our knowledge no legal proceedings have been initiated on grounds of defamation.Â Of course we are not making a judgement here about whether the remarks were true or false – that would be a matter for the civil courts.
The apparent heavy handed and overzealous approach of the UK police is especially worrying in that it may discourage people in the public eye, who make decisions effecting society, from being held to account – something that is essential in any functioning democracy.Â If this sort of official action is allowed by current hate crime legislation then it is clear that such legislation is in desperate need of review if the UK is to meet its international human rights obligations.
The fact that the Mr Burton has been charged suggests that sharia norms are increasingly becoming embedded into British society at the expense of traditional conceptions of law and justice.Â However, sharia is not been implemented openly and honestly, but by stealth, often via ill-defined and broadly applied ‘hate crime’ regulations.
It would appear that Mr Burton has become a victim of sharia, just like victims of bulling and persecution in many Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states where sharia provision are applied more directly.Â The specific sharia concepts that appear to be being implemented in this case in the UK are the concepts of slander (ghiba) and talebearingÂ (namima).
The Islamic concept of slander is very different to what Western law recognises (seeÂ http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/slander).Â Western legal systems tend to require a statement in question to be untrue.Â However, under sharia truth is irrelevant.Â The well respected manual of sharia law, Reliance of the Traveller refers to slander and talebearing in the following terms:
“Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike, whether about his body, religion, everyday life, self, disposition, son father, wife, servant, turban, garment, gait, movements, smiling, dissoluteness, frowning, cheerfulness, or anything else concerning him.” (page 730, r2.2)
“As forÂ talebearingÂ (namima), it consists of quoting someone’s words to another in a way that worsens relations between them.”Â (page 731, r2.3)
It therefore appears that in the United Kingdom, the Islamic concepts of slander andÂ talebearing are being subsumed under the broad and ill-defined heading of ‘hate’.Â It appears that public authorities are treating non-Muslims as second class citizens, something else that sharia demands.Â This means that in a very stealthy and underhand manner the United Kingdom is sidestepping its obligations under international law with regard to the most basic of human rights.
In places like Pakistan such legal provisions are regularly used to persecute religious minorities. It is unfortunate that UK policy makers are either not doing due diligence when legislating or are legislating to deliberately undermine basic freedoms.
ICLA’s RECOMMENDATIONS TO UK AUTHORITIES
ICLA believes that freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a free and democratic society.Â It also believes that religious and other minorities, or indeed anyone, should not be subject to discrimination and persecution and that sensible legislation that respects basic human rights is required to ensure this.Â We recognise the necessity for and the considerable advantages that are derived from different cultures to working together in an increasingly globalised world.Â However, in the interests of basic human rights and equality before the law, it does not believe that incorporating sharia principles into the legal system is the answer.Â Sharia results in religious persecution and is therefore not something that should ever be used as a solution in any just and democratic society.Â The division of the world into Muslim and Non-Muslim that is stipulated by sharia does not serve the interests of a just and cohesive society and risks creating greater division and bad feeling.Â Our goal is to create a just society where people are both free to express themselves while at the same time being free from persecution and intimidation.Â We therefore seek to work with people and organisations from across the religious and cultural spectrum who also want to improve community cohesion and ensure a just and happy society.
We therefore make the following recommendations:
1) That in the interests of justice and to ensure that the UK meetings its international human rights obligations the petty and politically motivated charges against Mr Burton be dropped.
2) That the British Government reviews all its hate crime legislation to ensure that fundamental principles of justice are not undermined.Â Vague regulations need to be replaced by ones that are well defined and that can be easily understood by the general public and by law enforcement professionals.
3) That all stakeholders come together to help create a just and cohesive society.
ACTIONS FOR ACTIVISTS
The International Civil Liberties Alliance recommends activists to do the following:
1) If you are in the UK then you should write to your Member of Parliament about this issue cite the above Liberty GB quote above (including a link to it).Â Ask them whether they personally believe that scarce police resources are used in this way to undermine freedom of expression rather than serve the interests of justice.Â You may also like to ask them whether they are in favour of reform of hate crime legislation to prevent overzealous policing that is evident in this particular case. Â Contact details for MPs can be foundHERE.
2) If you are in another country you should write to the British Ambassador or High Commissioner in your country citing the Liberty GB quote above (including a link to it).Â You should also ask them whether human rights abuse implied by this this sort of incident could impact negatively on the relations between your country and the UK.Â Do the state sponsored abuses suffered by people like Tim Burton indicate that Britain is no longer the land of freedom of expression that it purports to be when lecturing other countries. Â Contact details can be found via the following:Â https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations
Remember to be polite and respectful in all your communications.