UK: Conservative Party suspends members for criticizing Islam

These suspensions illustrate the confusion — confusion that has been deliberately sowed by Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups — between legitimate criticism of Islam as a belief system and ideology, and hatred of innocent Muslims. Look at the statements that the BBC mentions here:

“Islam and slavery are partners in crime.”

Yet slavery is sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as by the example of Muhammad, and is still widely practiced in Islamic states in North Africa, as well as in Saudi Arabia. If noting that is “Islamophobic” and will get you suspended from the Conservative Party, then the Conservative Party is at war with the truth.

“Islam is THE religion of hate (sic)”

Islam has a doctrine called al-wala wa-l-bara, “loyalty and disavowal,” that is, loving what Allah loves and hating what he hates. That includes hating unbelievers as “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6).

“Muslims hate = free speech (sic).”

Unclear what is meant here. If the speaker is referring to the denial of the freedom of speech in Islamic law, that is here again simply a fact. Or if he means that hating Muslims is a prerogative allowed by the freedom of speech, his statement may be obnoxious, but it is accurate. If you’re not sure of that, consider this: is hating Christians also an offense that will get you suspended from the Conservative Party? Of course not. And hating Jews is practically a requirement of being a member of the Labour Party these days.

“Muslim scum.”

To whom was the speaker referring? Can murderous Islamic jihadis be referred to in this way? Or is any such statement immediately classified as “racist” and “hateful”? If someone during World War II had referred to “Nazi scum,” would he have been suspended from the Conservative Party?

“I don’t want Muslims in this country.”

This would involve expelling innocent people along with the guilty. And if this is not Conservative Party policy, as it most certainly isn’t, then this only would be grounds for suspension from the Conservative Party.

But these broad-based suspensions make it clear that any criticism of Islam or Muslims, no matter how accurate it may be, is forbidden today in Boris Johnson’s shabby little police state.

“Islamophobia: Conservative Party members suspended over posts,” by Alex Forsyth, BBC News, September 20, 2019:

A number of Conservative Party members have been suspended for posting or endorsing Islamophobic material online.

The BBC highlighted over 20 new cases to the party, who said all those found to be members who shared or supported anti-Muslim posts on Twitter and Facebook were suspended immediately.

However, the officials would not reveal the exact number of members suspended.

A Conservative spokesman said the party was now “establishing the terms” of an investigation into the wider issue.

There have been repeated calls for the party to hold an independent inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia among members, due to previous incidents that have been highlighted to the party and in the media.

The BBC was alerted to details of the new cases by an anonymous Twitter user, and independently verified each one before passing details to the Conservative Party.

The incidents ranged from individuals “liking” anti-Muslim pictures or statements on one or two occasions, to regular Islamophobic posts by people who said they were members of the Tory party.

Among the content that has been shared on social media, a Conservative councillor responded to a tweet in March, writing: “Islam and slavery are partners in crime.”

When contacted, he said the BBC was misrepresenting his views and he did not judge people by their race or religion.

He said out of 10,000 to 15,000 of his posts, three had been taken out of context as part of an effort by the BBC to “besmirch the Conservative Party”.

An independent parish councillor, who stated he had worked on Boris Johnson’s 2012 Mayoral campaign, posted: “Islam is THE religion of hate (sic)” and “Muslims hate = free speech (sic).”

When contacted, he told the BBC he was an atheist who was equally critical of Christianity and all other religions, and he found it annoying Islam was held aloft and critics of it were branded racist.

Other incidents included individuals posting comments such as “Muslim scum” and “I don’t want Muslims in this country”.
‘Robust processes’

Party sources said not all of the cases highlighted had involved members of the Conservative Party.

A spokesperson said: “All those found to be party members have been suspended immediately, pending investigation.

“The Conservative Party will never stand by when it comes to prejudice and discrimination of any kind.

“That’s why we are already establishing the terms of an investigation to make sure that such instances are isolated and robust processes are in place to stamp them out as and when they occur.”

Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng told BBC Radio 4’s Today that he believed an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party was under way, but he was not able to provide details of it.

He said the party was “trying to get to grips with this problem” and it had taken “decisive action” when shown the cases by the BBC.

Since 2018, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has been calling for the Conservatives to launch an independent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia, and in May, the council formally asked the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to hold one.

The MCB has listed a series of complaints against figures in the party, including Boris Johnson for comments he made about Muslim women before becoming prime minister….

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