A lot of people don’t like the French National Party leader, Marine Le Pen and her policies. They would like to prevent any of her policies being heard in public. Perhaps some like the BBC’s Jeremy Hardy would take the extreme position of advocating shooting BNP members and their ilk in the back of the neck.
Who is the extremist?
Le Pen is speaking today at the Cambridge Union debating society about the future of the European Union and French politics.
Nicky Campbell has decided that this is an opportune moment to run a phone-in asking ‘Do extremists deserve free speech?’
Odd what gets the BBC fella’s excited. Harry’s Place has been having a long running commentary on the speakers that grace the hallowed portals of the East London Mosque but the BBC has not shown the slightest interest. In fact the BBC thinks the ELM is a fine, upstanding and moderate example of Islamic tolerance and inter faith dialogue.
By coincidence the top story today on Harry’s Place is from another student union:
Lucy Lips, February 19th 2013, 2:45 pm
Student Rights has obtained a video showing a speaker at the Manchester University “Global Aspirations of Women Society” endorsing the execution of gay people:
Student Colin Cortbus attended a meeting at the Students’ Union last Wednesday 13th February organised by the Global Aspirations of Women society. He asked the chairperson of the meeting if “in the Islamic society in which you strive for” they would “feel comfortable, personally and morally, to kill a gay man?”
“Absolutely” came the response. The speakers added later that homosexuality was an “atrocity, because it goes against what God says”.
That’s of particular interest…Campbell did raise the subject of Qaradawi and his attitude towards Jewish people……but he made no mention of his attitude towards gay people…that being…the only question to be asked is not whether to kill them, but how to kill them…..‘While such punishments may seem cruel, they have been suggested to maintain the purity of the Islamic society and to keep it clean of perverted elements.’
Qaradawi is one of Islam’s moderate and highly respected scholars: “He is a moderate scholar who contributed to combating extremism in Islamic thoughts.”
Interesting that Peter Tatchell has a definition of Qaradawi’s views:
‘Qaradawi preaches a right-wing agenda of misogyny, anti-Semitism and homophobia.’
Many would say that such views were in fact from mainstream Islam…and we need to talk….‘What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s mediaeval ass?‘
And yet the Unite Against Fascism spokesman on Campbell’s show had no problem with Qaradawi.….saying he was only interested in combating Fascists…extremist (not Fascist) Muslims were OK by him.
Campbell made no mention of Islam in relation to Qaradawi…it was as if these were purely Qaradawi’s own beliefs, dreamt up in a cave somewhere after years communing with the voices in his head.
Campbell made no mention of the death threats to MP Sadiq Khan for voting in favour of gay marriage….an odd omission as it is so high profile and of relevance surely?
He did however speak with undue deference to someone named ‘Ali’.
Vive La Deference! They make a desert and call it peace.
What did Campbell say?
He did in fact make one allusion to Muslims…he said Muslim extremists were only ‘people who call themselves Muslims’.….no Muslim can be ‘extreme’ in the BBC ‘style guide’…..’The styleguide for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) represents wisdom surrounding the use of English in written and spoken communication.’
What other ‘wisdom’ did Campbell’s bright little brain come up with? Always thinking that boy!
Oh yes……UKIP…aren’t they just the same as Le Pen’s National Front…after all they want to ban Halal meat and the Burkha just as they do?
Never mind that the Burkha has already been banned in France by, presumably, the non-extremist French government.
And the RSPCA in this country, amongst others, want to ban Halal meat. Are they classed by Campbell alongside a ‘Nationalist’ party?
Any other BBC targets that Campbell could traduce?
Campbell asks should climate change deniers be given the right of free speech.
Funnily enough we already know the BBC’s answer to that one.
So that’s a fair old list….Qaradawi, who wants to kill Jews and homosexuals, is put into the same category as Marine Le Pen, UKIP, Climate sceptics…and the RSPCA.
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