Britain is allowing political correctness, or fear of political incorrectness, increasingly to destroy its civil liberties and silence freedom of speech.
Being a critic of Islam (only of Islam) is an increasingly fool-proof way to get yourself banned from the country if you are a foreigner, or to attract the attention of the police if you are a citizen. It seems an excellent example for Australia not to follow.
It has been a cornerstone of British life that the law has no power over opinions. Queen Elizabeth I said she would not make windows into men’s souls. George Orwell’s Thought Police were the stuff of nightmare.
However, thought-policing – one-way thought-policing, that is – is now well established as combatting the crime of hate speech.
Billy Charlton, 54, has gone on trial before a judge and jury, accused of targetting Muslim rape gangs during a series of public rallies in Sunderland. Prosecutors claim he hid his ‘racist agenda’ under a ‘cloak of respectability’ allegedly pretending that he wanted to protect women and children from attacks. The jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on one charge and was unable to agree on five others.
Over periods of several years, Muslim gangs raped literally thousands of girls in several British cities, while police, fearful of being tagged racist or Islamophobic, did nothing and ignored complaints.
Charlton said the marches in Sunderland started after a woman claimed she had been attacked by foreign men. He told the court: ‘The only thing I want is peaceful demonstration, the only thing I want is to get the word out there that people are attacking women in Sunderland.’
The Home Office recently banned Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern and Lutz Bachmann from entering Britain, all for opposing Muslim violence. Higher profile critics, such as Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, have been banned since 2013.
Shortly after Geller and Spencer were banned, the British government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe, who has claimed: ‘Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight.’
One Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri was banned from preaching in Pakistan because he was promoting hatred and violence, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain.
It now appears Asia Bibi, the Christian Pakistani women acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row and in hiding from mobs seeking to murder her, is also banned from entering the UK because her presence might provoke riots among the Muslim population.
The Home Office also admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar. He has said: ‘If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.”
The British government also admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a brave opponent of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws who had tried to help Asia Bibi. One of them was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Lambeth Palace for a cup of tea a chat about ‘the narrative’ of terrorism. Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted.
According to Robert Spencer’s newsletter Jihad Watch, it was revealed recently in the British press that a Salafist preacher, Brahim Belkaid, who has been banned in Germany for extremist associations, has been living in the UK for almost five years. The Sunday Times further reports that he has been proselytising in cities across Britain and using social media to promote extremist views. His group gives away texts promoting hard-line Salafism. Belkaid reportedly said: ‘Allah loves those who fight in his cause.’
The German banning order cited Belkaid as the leader of an extremist group and cited his sermons as evidence of the group’s rejection of democracy and the rule of law.
According to the Telegraph of 15 December, an Iranian asylum seeker who raped a 17-year-old girl has been spared deportation even though a judge believed his conversion to Christianity was a deliberate ploy to cheat the justice system.
After his release from a five-year prison term, a judge ruled that his claim to be Christian meant his deportation to Iran would be a breach of his human rights.
This was despite the fact that the judge acknowledged that the man’s religious conversion was part of a ploy to avoid deportation. He ruled that the rapist’s 850 Twitter posts quoting the Bible and Christian theology placed him at risk of persecution if he was sent back to Iran. Since under sharia law conversion out of Islam is a capital offence, this seems to establish a precedent that any criminal who claims to be converted to Christianity and comes from a hard-line Muslim country becomes deportation-proof. Look out for an army of ‘conversions’ in the near future.
The immigration tribunal judge said, ‘In all the circumstances, I am satisfied that the appellant has established that there is a real risk that on his return he would be questioned about the details of his asylum claim and that that questioning would reveal that he has posted on Twitter… interrogation would involve a real risk of ill-treatment.’
The judge said it didn’t matter that his conversion to Christianity was not genuine because the Iranian authorities would still be able to read his pro-Christian tweets.
As a Muslim who attacked police with a sword walks free, police are hunting for a man on a train who spoke of disliking Muslims.
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury attacked police with a sword while screaming ‘Allahu akbar’. He was found not guilty after explaining that he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Meanwhile, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that British hate crime police were hunting for a man who was heard on a train speaking – in a loud voice – of his ‘dislike of Muslims.’
Subscribe to The Spectator Australia today for a quality of argument not found in any other publication. Subscribe – Try a month free