OPINION: Muslim Council Of Britain = Enemies Of Free Speech
Last week the Muslim Council of Britain wrote to Brandon Lewis, the current Chairman of the Conservative Party, urging him to make his best effort to combat “Islamophobia” within the ranks of the Conservative Party; a call which has also been backed up by around 350 mosques from around the country.
The Muslim Council of Britain, for those of you who are unaware of their monumental achievements to date, in creating a more diverse, tolerant, and safer Britain, were responsible for the campaign to have an episode of the children’s animated TV show Fireman Sam removed from air due to an image of a page from the Quran appearing in one scene, something which they succeeded in doing and something of which I am sure is amongst the greatest feathers in their cap.
There are several examples of what they call ‘Islamophobia’ which are identified in this letter, of which, it can be said with great confidence, not one has been correctly labelled as such. The only criticism that can, in a true sense of fairness, be made of these comments from Party members, is of the crude, yet understandably emotive, language used in getting across a perfectly legitimate point of view.
Now, given that it has been established that these ‘offences’ – one of which is merely re-tweeting Tommy Robinson, whom they incorrectly label “anti-Muslim” and “far-right” – are totally reasonable arguments to make, the question must be asked: does the MCB’s calls for disciplinary action, action which will undoubtedly discourage, in many cases, all future criticism of Islam by Conservative Party members, make this a move against freedom of speech?
Perhaps this is the case, for, instead of directly addressing their points of contention and the concerns with Islam, they chose to put political, social, and moral pressure on the Party hierarchy with the aim of having dissenting voices against Islam silenced, no-platformed, and, maybe, expelled from the Party. One must never forget; if you are not for the right to freedom of speech for those with whom you most disagree, then you are not pro-free speech and should expect to have your own right curtailed in the future.
The MCB has a history of this, employing the same tactic when the BBC dared to have, on one of their shows, Douglass Murray, a man who is an outspoken critic of political Islam. Does this not show that they are scared that one day the true nature of the faith to which they subscribe will be known to all?
One point must be made abundantly clear about ‘Islamophobia’ itself; this phrase, which is so often bandied about by those who are far left of centre and other such Islam apologists, is a non-term, it does not exist and should carry no weight when uttered in reasonable debate. A phobia is, self-evidently, an irrational fear, and I think it a disgrace to the memory of all those who, both past and present, have suffered or have had their lives taken in the name of Islam, to name the disdain for this set of beliefs as such.
It is not irrational to not want to see Sharia applied in our country, it is not irrational to not want a religion which would gladly set back the clock on our great and innumerable achievements in democracy, science, and on the rights afforded to women and homosexuals, run rampant and engage in the coercion of our political system and native population. And it is certainly not irrational to aspire towards freedom of expression and religion, something which Islam does not allow – the penalty for leaving Islam, committing the crime of apostasy, is death. Sounds rather cultish, does it not?
The introduction of this term as a weapon to silence was predicted by the great critic of religion, Christopher Hitchins, who said:
“You will be told you can’t complain because you’re Islamophobic. The term is already being introduced into the culture as though it was an accusation of race hatred or bigotry”
And such an accusation this Muslim council claim it to be, claiming that the points raised by these individuals are “anti-Muslim racism”. Islam is not a race, nor do all Muslims belong to a single race, membership of the Muhammadan faith is something which, in the west at least, is voluntary and is therefore open to criticism and shall remain so, at least until our right to complain is taken away, which it will if the MCB have their way.
The wise course of action for the Conservatives to take would be to not cow to this bullying tactic and to stand strong and proud in the face of intolerance in the old British way, but only time will tell, perhaps one more concession will be made.
Facts and statements about Islam – https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/