Yesterday, there came the news that Lord Pearson, the UKIP Lord, was reported to the speaker of the House of Lords because he raised this inconvenient question:
”My lords, are the government aware that Fusilier Rigby’s murderers quoted 22 verses of the Koran to justify their atrocity? Therefore, is the Prime Minister accurate or helpful when he describes it as a betrayal of Islam? Since the vast majority of Muslims are our peace-loving friends, should we not encourage them to address the violence in the Koran – and indeed in the life and the example of Muhammad?”
This question was deemed to be offensive by two Labour lords, both muslims.
You can read all about it here.
Given the news about ‘Brits’ traveling in large numbers to fight in the side of ISIS, given the news that police have again arrested a couple of returning ‘British’ jihadis, and above all given both the porous state of our borders as well as the desperate attempts of the Home Office minister to introduce more ‘anti-terror’ legislation which can easily be turned against innocent civilians, should the term ‘terrorist’ be defined as anybody daring to ask inconvenient questions, like Lord Pearson did in the House of Lords, it is surely time now to grasp the nettle and start talking about the relationship our Muslim citizens have with us and with our society.
I also don’t need to remind you of the disgraceful case of Rotherham, which Jane Collins MEP is keeping at the forefront of debate in South Yorkshire.
What we must indeed start talking about is the way the government is brushing all these problems under the carpet with official statements that are patently false.
Yes, the vast majority of our islamic citizens are peaceful, but are we now not even allowed to ask how come that these peaceful citizens or rather their children turn into jihadis, how come that they feel justified to hack the heads off of innocent citizens in London? There was not just Drummer Lee Rigby; there was an elderly lady who was decapitated in the back garden a few weeks ago.
Do the powers that be think that these murders won’t happen if we just don’t ever ask the questions Lord Pearson asked?
It is facile by the government to find excuses, to blame some facebook pages, some hate preachers, and go on blithely about their business of doing nothing much at all, except telling us not to ask the questions Lord Pearson asked?
We know the police have the force to arrest those they deem to commit ‘hate crime’. There was the case of an independent EU MEP candidate who was arrested for quoting from a book by Winston Churchill on the steps of a County Hall. He was not arrested for disturbing the peace – he was arrested for ‘racially aggravated hate crime’!
There was the case of a pensioner who was arrested because he dared to say to security staff at Stanstead Airport that he was not a muslim when told to remove his shoes.
We must start asking those inconvenient questions not because we are ‘islamophobes’, or racists (islam is not a race!), but because there are more and more examples of legislation being introduced which are undermining our civic liberties in the name of anti-terrorism.
We must dare to ask these questions also on behalf of our peaceful muslim fellow citizens, whom we should not abandon to these ‘hate preachers’ who are getting a free ride because ‘it’s their religion, innit’, while we must keep our mouths shut, because we can and will be accused of ‘hate speech’ since there will always be one or two who feel offended by what we say, and call the police.
This has now reached the House of Lords, as Lord Pearson now knows.
We must grasp this nettle; we must ask these questions because we cannot abandon our civic liberties for fear of offending those who have no compunction to offend us.
We must do this, because we must not let certain groups and their political representatives deprive us of our right of Free Speech!