How propagandists miss the point March 6, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Islam, Media, Responses.
Benjamin Cohen, editor of PinkNews.co.uk, has summarised the complexity of a former minister arranging a meeting with a controversial non-violent Islamist group under threat of being banned in the UK, consequently facing criticism from other MPs including two Muslims, thus:
Now, their being “anti-gay” is hardly the point, is it? Is that why Sadiq (not Sidiq) Khan MP is worried about them being “given an air of credibility”? No, I assume it is because they are staunchly against Muslims engaging politically with democratic societies, as well as important concepts they somehow interpret as negative (including “freedom”, “human rights” and “integration”). Sometimes their rhetoric is over-the-top; while I don’t agree with them, I also don’t agree with Blair’s proposed ban.
If Clare Short were under fire for meeting “anti-gay” Muslims, she and any MP would be under fire for meeting just about any Muslims. I know that would suit Peter Tatchell and OutRage, but it would be quite a stupid state of affairs.
As for the comments by Khalid Mahmood: I disregard them as I will always disregard anything he utters. He has the nerve to say: “the hurt will be felt among mainstream Muslims – she should listen to them”. Yet as we are reminded by the iWitness:
Pathetically, he signed his name in place of Foreign Office minister Dennis MacShane’s above an Observer article criticising Muslims for believing “myths now being peddled about the [Afghanistan] conflict”. The Guardian Diary gave him the bronze award that year for “Stupidest MP”. Yet somehow Mahmood feels it is his right to lecture Muslims and lambaste their leaders for their opinions. He needs to make a decision: is he with us, sympathetic to us or against us?
Oh, and speaking of Tatchell (I did, just above), this is just hilarious:
This article quotes “the trustees of the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund” (aka Peter Tatchell) as claiming: “The website, Islamophobia Watch, regularly (but falsely) denounces Peter as anti-Muslim. It is feared this could make him a target for Islamic fundamentalists who monitor the website to compile their hit-lists.”
No, he can’t be anti-Muslim. He is fine with “progressive Muslims” (such as atheists), but quick to point out that being an “Islamic fundamentalist” is equivalent to being a murderer.