Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Will The British Disarm Themselves?

The British House of Commons passed the religious hate bill which some British Muslims seem to hope will help quell all criticism of Islam:

(CNSNews.com) - In a victory for British Muslim campaigners, the House of Commons Monday passed a bill aimed at curbing religious hatred, despite critics' warnings that it could worsen relations between religious communities.
The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill passed its third reading by a 301-229 vote, just hours after Prime Minister Tony Blair's press secretary declined to rule out using the measure, if it becomes law, against Muslim figures who may incite violence against Christians and Jews.
Spokesman Tom Kelly told a Downing Street press conference he would not get into hypothetical speculation about individuals, but the law would be there and it would be applied correctly.
Last Thursday's terrorist bombings in London have focused renewed attention on controversial Muslim figures based in the capital who have long advocated jihad against the West.
Islamic organizations have lobbied hardest for the legislation, saying their community needed protection, given an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment after 9/11.
They argued that while Jews and Sikhs were already protected by race-hate laws -- because they are seen as ethnic groups as well as religious ones -- Muslims were not covered in this way, hence the need for a specific religious hatred law.

Of course, Islam is a religion, which means it is an ideology. So, in effect, this bill, were it to become law is a law against free speech.

Opposition parties -- and some Labor MPs -- oppose the bill for various reasons, including concerns that it could stifle free speech or infringe the right of the adherents of one faith to question the claims of another.

But, that's not all it would do. It would also infringe upon the right of any member of society to criticize the political elements of Islam. Islam is not simply a religion, it is a political movement whose goal is the implementation of the Sharia law code in countries all over the world.

People who are concerned with Evangelical Christianity as a political movement, and who profess fear that America is turning into a Theocracy, would be enraged by the idea that they would not be able to express their concerns and fears.

If Britain passes this law they will have effectively disarmed themselves in the ideological battle of the War of Jihadic Terror.