Bunglawussi Demands Free Speech For Mohammedan Headbangers

The Guadian (of Muslims)

Incitement good, opposing Islamo-fascism baaaad!

Bunglawussi (of the ancient rulings) discovers a sudden need for freedom of speech when it involves hate preachers like  Al Qaradawi & Zakir Naik. The rest of the time, he’s rather keen on squealing about “Islamophobia” and “offence” to shut people up:

If we care about free speech, let these Muslim speakers in

The leading Sunni cleric Muzz-pope Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was banned from entering the UK in 2008.

The enlightened Qaradawi just burst the bubble of Western liberal progressives: “secularism is incompatible with Islam” (“Why is secularism incompatible with Islam?,” by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi in the Saudi Gazette)

Anyhow; Bunglawussi insists:

The coalition government should demonstrate its commitment to liberal values by allowing two Muslim speakers to enter the UK

Sources tell me that the Home Office is currently considering issuing two exclusion orders. One would be against a Jamaican-born Muslim preacher called Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and the other against Zakir Naik, who is due to arrive in the UK on Friday to begin a speaking tour to huge audiences at the Sheffield Arena, London’s Wembley Arena and the LG Arena in Birmingham’s NEC. Naik is based in Mumbai, India and has in recent years built up a huge international following among Muslims. His lectures and debates on the topic of comparative religion are played continuously on Peace TV – the satellite channel that he founded.

This is just the latest in a series of “naming and shaming” exclusion orders that began a couple of years ago when the former Labour government said that it would introduce a policy of banning “preachers of hate” from visiting the UK. At the end of last month the Sunday Times ran an article about Zakir Naik that seems to have panicked some people in the government. For his part Naik has since issued a press statement saying that he “unequivocally condemns acts of violence including 9/11, 7/7 and 7/11 [the serial train bombing in Mumbai], which are completely and absolutely unjustifiable on any basis.”

We already have a sufficient number of laws on the statute books to deal with incitement to hatred and violence, and the fact is that both Bilal Philips and Zakir Naik have visited the UK on several occasions in the past – and their speaking tours have passed by without incident. Neither speaker has said anything that has got them in trouble with the law, so why not just uphold our existing laws rather than seek to pre-emptively ban them? It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the exclusion order policy is yet another government PR gimmick designed to show that it is getting tough on those it regards as being extremists. And if the government believes that these speakers may still make some improper – though not unlawful – statements, then it should be regarded as a test of our commitment to free speech, especially if we regard its value as being universal.

During the controversy a couple of years ago over the proposed visit of the Qatar-based Islamic scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a spokesman for the Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg was quoted as opposing any ban, saying:

“Many of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s views are repugnant; the job of a truly liberal society is to defeat such abhorrent ideas by arguing forcefully and persuasively against them. Giving al-Qaradawi the publicity that a ban would create would ultimately serve only to legitimise his views in the eyes of extremists. If he is allowed into this country he is of course subject to our laws; and if he were to break the law in any way including inciting or glorifying terrorism he should obviously be prosecuted.”

It was an admirable statement and full of common sense. Now that the Lib-Dems have gained a share of power it is to be hoped that they will use that influence to roll back some of the more repressive measures that the former government introduced in the name of security. Just two days ago, the Tory party chairwoman, Lady Warsi, was quoted as sayingthat the government would be reviewing Labour’s legislation allowing terror suspects to be held for 28 days without charge. It should be recalled that the Labour party increased the period of detention without charge from the seven days it inherited in 1997 to 28 days, and that Tony Blair had actually tried to get it increased – it sends a chill down the spine just thinking about it – to 90 days.

Ironically enough, Zakir Naik’s final talk during his UK tour is scheduled to be on the topic of “Freedom of Expression – an Islamic Perspective”. Who knows, if he is still allowed to deliver it, he may even come to appreciate a thing or two about what freedom of expression really means.

2 thoughts on “Bunglawussi Demands Free Speech For Mohammedan Headbangers”

  1. Sure, sure Mullah!
    Women have rights! They have half the rights of a man.
    Two women equals one man’s rights.
    A good camel has equal rights with a woman and poerhaps better if she is not a good cook.
    Please allow me to copy and paste some quotes:

    “Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur’an.” Tabari IX:113

    “Allah directs you in regard of your Children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females…. These are settled portions ordained by Allah.” Qur’an 4:11

    “Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters and all Muslim women to draw cloaks and veils all over their bodies (screening themselves completely except for one or two eyes to see the way). That will be better.” Qur’an 33:59

    “If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death [by starvation] claims them.” Qur’an 4:15

    “Force not your slave-girls to whoredom (prostitution) if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. [And here’s the freedom-to-pimp card:] But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.” Qur’an 24:34

    “Allah said, ‘It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent.’ Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid.” Tabari I:280

    “Allah granted Rayhanah of the [Jewish] Qurayza to His Messenger as booty [but only after she had been forced to watch him decapitate her father and brother, seen her mother hauled off to be raped, and her sisters sold into slavery].” Tabari IX:137

    More Bedouin nonsense at the Prophet of Doom.

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