| “As we now know, you’re not allowed to say anything even remotely critical about Islam or its practices these days”
| Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Jihad Watch : “We’re witnessing the return of blasphemy laws by the backdoor.” Indeed. And increasingly, by the front door, as Western leaders continue to be cowardly as they are clueless.
“Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam,” by Brendan O’Neill, Spectator, August 7, 2018: A truly bizarre thing happened yesterday: Boris Johnson
was branded an Islamophobe and a bigot for writing in defence of Muslim
women who wear the niqab…. He’s been slammed everywhere as a racist, a borderline fascist, a
poundshop Mussolini who if he ever gets to No10 will declare war on
Muslims and other minorities.
What is the basis to these shrill and
wilful misinterpretations of what he said? Because alongside defending
women’s freedom to wear the niqab and burqa, he expressed distaste for
these garments. And, as we now know, you’re not allowed to say anything
even remotely critical about Islam or its practices these days….
The rash reaction to Boris’s comments, the depiction of him as a
hard-right tyrant, confirms that it is now tantamount to thoughtcrime to
say anything critical about Islam. To make any kind of moral judgement
about Islamic practices, to question its beliefs or its prophets or its
garments, is to run the risk of being branded an ‘Islamophobe’, a
racist, a fascist.
We’re witnessing the return of blasphemy laws by the backdoor. Only
now it isn’t the Christian God and Christian beliefs that are protected
from ‘contemptuous, reviling, scurrilous or ludicrous’ commentary, as
was the case under the old blasphemy laws; it is Islam. Slowly but
surely, informally, through the sly and hyperbolic demonisation of
anyone who has any issues whatsoever with Islam, we have erected a moral
forcefield around this religion to protect it from criticism or
scepticism. Old blasphemers against Christianity were denounced as
‘heretics’; new blasphemers against Islam are branded ‘phobes’.
Read it all here..............................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 4:31 PM