It seems that Fiyaz Mughal's Tell Mama has overstepped its jurisdiction of “measuring and monitoring anti-Muslim attacks in the UK” to defend the Muslim hellhole that is Pakistan and the Islamic theocracy that is Iran.
This latest article from Tell Mama ('Yet More Tabloid Islamophobia, the Peter Hill Article'), written by Steven Rose, is itself a response to an article written by Peter Hill for the Daily Express: 'Why does Britain feel so obliged to accommodate for minorities?' (published on the 7th of April).
Steven Rose questions Peter Hill's following assertion:
“I wonder if Muslim countries go out of their way to cater for other faiths. Actually, I don’t wonder.... [Muslims countries.. think that] 'unbelievers' don’t even belong to the human race.”
According to Steven Rose, that assertion “is not true”.
Mr Rose believes that Peter Hill indulged in a “glib assertion” about the Islamic view that “unbelievers do not even belong to the human race”. Peter Hill, in any case, never said that every Muslim believes that statement. He said that “Muslim countries think that...”; which is an acceptable grammatical ellipsis.
Nonetheless, Steven Rose is equally glib because he too couldn't bring himself to cite a single example of what's happening to Christians (on a very large scale) in the Muslim world (form Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, the Sudan, Nigeria, Syria to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states). Instead he tells us about the two Christians in Iran's parliament and the fact that Pakistan's National Assembly “reserves ten seats for [its five million or more] non-Muslims”.
It seems strange that in response to Peter Hill's purported view that Muslims are “monolithic”, Steven Rose comes out with an equally generalised statement: no Muslim, and no Muslim/Islamic state, believes that unbelievers “don't even belong to the human race”. Really? Not only are there countless statements in the Koran and hadith which say precisely that: numerous Muslim leaders, from Muhammad himself to clerics/leaders in various Muslim states today, have also said precisely that.
For example, Christians, Jews, “idolaters”, “polytheists”, etc. are referred to - in the Koran and hadith - as “cattle”, “apes”, “swine”, “pigs” and so on. Even the New Statesman's Mehdi Hasan famously referred to all non-Muslims as “cattle”. And if a well-known Muslim member of our media-establishment can use such language in 2009, then surely Steve Rose's words can’t ring very true, can they?
Steven Rose then says that the following quote from Peter Hill is 'disturbing':
"Those who don’t like the set-up should either make their own arrangements – there are plenty of Muslim banks and financial institutions here – or move to somewhere they feel more comfortable.”
Now what's disturbing about any of that?
Most Brits don't want sharia law in the UK. Many Muslims do. Indeed it's incumbent that every (good) Muslim agitates and fights for sharia laws because without it, there's no Islam. Thus without sharia law a Muslim can't be a (good) Muslim because there's no Islam without sharia law.
The problem is that many - or most - sharia laws clash violently with both British law and with British values. Many Muslims know this. Many non-Muslim British people know this. And indeed Steven Rose must also know this. Therefore surely it's reasonable for the Daily Express's Peter Hill to suggest that unhappy Muslims “move to somewhere they feel more comfortable”. This is equivalent to advising those who feel uncomfortable with the loud music in a nightclub to leave instead of standing around complaining and making everyone else feel miserable. That is common sense. That is unless Muslims don't want to leave because they want full sharia law to be implemented in the UK too ... if only eventually. Indeed the spreading of sharia law to non-Muslim countries - such as the UK - is a very important goal for many Muslims.
Despite this Islamic requirement for full sharia law, Steven Rose then adds that some Muslims “feel [...] proud to be British”. But since we are discussing sharia law, we can ask this question:
What, exactly, are Muslims proud of when they say (if many ever genuinely do) that they're “proud to be British”?
What I mean by this is that partial - let alone full - sharia law will completely and utterly transform the landscape of Britain. (This parallels Ralph Miliband's purported and reported patriotism some months back; and all that despite the fact that he too - in his own words - wanted to utterly transform every aspect of Britain: from its politics to its values and social traditions.) And after all that, what distinctly British things would these Muslims (as well as Ralph Miliband in the past) be proud of, exactly? What would be left of Britain as we know it - and as we have known it - after full sharia law (or full state communism) had been implemented?
Perhaps these Muslims are only proud of “British tolerance” (as interfaith Muslims and the the Leftist whores-of-Islam often deceitfully put it). Yes, Muslims are proud of that legendary and sometimes suicidal British tolerance – the tolerance of the intolerant - which may well effectively pave the way for full sharia if not (at first) in the whole of the UK, then in the many ghettos which Muslims have created for themselves all over England.
As stated, Steven Rose ignores the massive persecution and killing of non-Muslims that goes on in Muslim countries. He chooses, instead, to pick some egregious choice-specimens of Islamic love, peace and tolerance. And even here Rose's few positive examples aren't quite what they seem.
|How gays are treated in Iran.|
For example, Steven Rose tells us that in Iran “Christians hold two seats in parliament while other religious minorities (Zoroastrians, Jews and Assyrians) have one representative in parliament”. For a start, that is an extremely small number. In the UK in 2012, there were 8 Muslim MPs and 12 Muslim peers in both Houses of the British Parliament; as well as 200 Muslim councillors in 2005 (83 in London alone in 2002). And is it supposed to be a good things that all Iran's Zoroastrians, Jews and Assyrians share “one representative in parliament”? Perhaps Mr Rose should have also told us that the Jewish population of Iran has shrunk to 10, 200 in 2012 from the 100,000 in 1948. (Before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, there were 80,000 Jews in Iran. That's a shrinkage of 70,000 in just over 30 years of “Islamic revolution”.)The other minorities in Iran haven't fared much better either.
In addition to that, such parliamentary “representatives” are an example of Iran's tokenism: it's simple acknowledgment of the small role it has assigned to its various dhimmis. The other two assumptions here is that Iran's parliament is just like our own and that these two Christian “parliamentarians” actually have some real power.
Steven Rose then tackles Pakistan. He tells us that Pakistan's “National Assembly reserves ten seats for non-Muslims”. Come again? Yes, Pakistan “reserves ten seats for non-Muslims”. That could mean that non-Muslims don't actually hold - or have - ten seats in Pakistan's National Assembly. Now that's a bad thing because there were 2,800,000 Christians alone in Pakistan in 2005; as well as roughly the same number of Hindus. Again, in the UK there are 8 Muslim MPs, 12 Muslim peers and over 200 Muslim councilors and the Muslim population here is similar to that of the Christian and non-Muslim population of Pakistan.
So although Steven Rose cites some positives when it comes to the treatment of minorities in Muslim countries, he doesn't cite a single example of the numerous negatives. Despite that, he does have the decency to make some vague - and very Tell Mamaish - statements. He says that
“much more needs to be done to ensure minority rights and organisations like Faith Matters are actively pushing for countries like Pakistan to ensure the minority rights of Christians, Shia and Ahmaddiya’s through projects such as the Connecting Communities project.”
Now that's the sort of statement you often hear - from Tell Mama and other groups - about the treatment of Muslims in the UK. Yet in Pakistan whole Christian villages are burned down, churches are blown up, Christians are accused of apostasy and then killed and so on. So it's not exactly a small problem, is it Mr Rose?
Now, amongst the many screenshots of Tweets and Facebook pages you might have seen on Tell Mama, I bet you've never seen anything like the following:
i) At least a dozen Christians have been given death sentences - and half a dozen murdered - after being accused of violating Pakistani blasphemy laws in recent years. In 2005 alone, 80 Christians were behind bars due to these laws.
ii) November, 2005: 3,000 militant Islamists attacked Christians in Sangla Hill in Pakistan and destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Presbyterian churches.
iii) August, 2007: a Christian missionary couple, Rev. Arif and Kathleen Khan, were gunned down by militant Islamists in Islamabad.
iv) August, 2009: six Christians, including four women and a child, were burnt alive by Muslim militants and a church set ablaze in Gojra.
v) November, 2010: a Christian woman from Punjab Province, Asia Noreen Bibi, was sentenced to death by hanging for violating Pakistan's blasphemy law. A cleric has offered $5,800 to anyone who kills her.
vi) March, 2011: the only Christian minister in the Pakistan government was shot dead. Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities. He was targeted for opposing the anti-free speech 'blasphemy' law, which punishes insulting Islam or its Prophet.
Most of the above are references to targeted assassinations related to Islamic blasphemy law in Pakistan. Yet that's the very same thing that Fiyaz Mughal is attempting to bring about in the UK on the back of “hate crime” and race relations laws. In other words, Fiyaz Mughal is attempting to replicate, in the UK, what's happening in Pakistan. That's right, Fiyaz Mughal is trying to turn Britain into another Pakistan.
|The scene outside All Saints' Church, Peshawar.|
For example, Pastor Nadeem Mukhtar, writing a year ago, had this to say about the situation in Lahore alone:
“Hi all friends. I am Pastor Nadeem from Lahore Pakistan. More than 250 houses of Christians are burnt by Muslims in Lahore Pakistan, Please pray for that.”
And in response to the terrible persecution of Christians in Pakistan, Silas Jacob implored:
“O lord, Help the Pakistani Christians to migrate and give them the resources to do so.”
In consequence of all that, I suggest that Fiyaz Mughal pack up his bags and move to Pakistan where he can fight real religious persecution and oppression instead of spending all his time trawling Facebook pages and websites looking for aggressive, though largely harmless, statements to screen-shoot.
Some newspaper titles (about Pakistan) from 2010:
'5 killed in grenade attack on church in Islamabad'
'6 dead in Pakistan Christian school attack'
'3 killed in Christmas attack on church'
'16 Killed in Attack on Church in Pakistan'
'Pakistani Worshippers Attacked on Easter Sunday'
'Pakistani Christian-Falsely Accused, Tortured and Murdered Protestors Take His Dead Body To The Streets In Protest'
'Pakistani Priest Gunned Down'
'Pakistani Christian dies of torture at hands of Islamists'
'55 year Christian mother Hanifan Bibi abducted, stripped and tortured in front of husband and sons by Muslim gangsters''Pastor and Driver Murdered in Pakistan and mutilated for Evangelizing Muslims in Pakistan'
'2500 Strong Muslim Mob set alight 3 Churches, Christian School, Houses of Christian families and Priests'
'Hindu temple in Lahore demolished'
'Pak Army To Raze Hindu Houses, Temple In Peshawar'
'242 Hindu Temples Destroyed/Damaged in Pakistan'
'Muslim Terrorists killed Christian Missionary, Raped their daughters in front of parents and brutally killed their Sons'
'Drunken Muslim Mob Vandalizes Church'
'2 Christians get 15 years for burning Holy Quran'
'Pakistan Bomb That Killed 53 Aimed to Destroy Hotel'
'One Woman Dead in Attack on Christians, Would-be rapist instigates attack in response to charges leveled against him''Taliban Tells Pakistani Christians: Convert or Die'
'Muslims Ransack Historic Church'
'Taliban-Inspired Attacks Hit Christians, Jizye Tax Imposed'
'Muslim Mob Beats Christian Family with Sticks for Marrying Muslim Girl'
'Christian Brutally Clubbed to Death for Drinking Tea at 'Muslim-Only' Establishment'
'Muslim Forces 12-year-old Girl to Convert & Marry Him, Police ridicule Christian mother for kidnapping complaint'
'Church institutions threatened with bomb attack, Unless Christians Convert'
'11-year-old boy shot in the head while attending church'
'Parcel Bomb Critically Injures At least 10 Christians in Pakistan'
'Christian Cemetery Bulldozed & Church Building Confiscated by Pakistani Authorities'
'Police Torture & Brake Backbone of Christian Because His Father Preached Christ, Denied Medical Treatment''Battagram Hindus Told to Embrace Islam or Pay Tax'
'Muslim Mob of Thousands Gather. Acid thrown on Christian Women & Children'
'Hundred Christian Churches & Homes Burned Down'
'16-Year-Old Christian Boy Tortured to Death by Pakistani Police'
'Christian Tortured and Beaten for Alleged 'Blasphemy' & Prison Besieged by Thousands of Furious Muslims, Calling For His Death'
'Police Brutalize Christian Men & Women After Robbing Their Homes'
'Muslims Loot & Burn 75 Christian Homes and 2 Churches, Over Alleged 'Blasphemy''
'Eight Christians (including 4 Women & Child Aged 7) burned alive in Punjab, 20 Others Wounded'
'Muslim Mob Attacks Home of 60-Year-Old Woman in Another Islamic Supremacist “Blasphemy” Charge'
'Pregnant Christian Miscarries, After being Beaten & Dragged Naked Through a Police Station'
'Church Burned to the Ground by Muslim Mob'