Government appoints blasphemy commissioner Imam Qari Asim
As the final part of her legacy to a grateful nation, outgoing prime minister Theresa May yesterday announced the appointment of Qari Asim, imam of Makkah Mosque, Leeds, as 'independent expert' advisor on 'Islamophobia'.
An independent adviser has today (23 July 2019) been appointed to provide expert advice on a definition of Islamophobia to the government.
Imam Qari Asim MBE, Deputy Chair of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group will lead a process for establishing a definition of Islamophobia. He will be joined by a second adviser to be confirmed in due course.
This new work will build on the definitions of Islamophobia currently being considered, including the APPG definition. It will also draw on a wide range of opinions and work in close collaboration with the cross-government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, to ensure that it commands broad support within Muslim communities and wider society.
You may recall that the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) definition was roundly (and rightly) criticised for undermining free speech.
An open letter signed by Civitas, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, the Network of Sikh Organisations, Christian Concern, Richard Dawkins, Peter Tatchell and others stated:
We are concerned that allegations of Islamophobia will be, indeed already are being, used to effectively shield Islamic beliefs and even extremists from criticism, and that formalising this definition will result in it being employed effectively as something of a backdoor blasphemy law.
The purpose of the new definition will be to guide police, courts and other bodies charged with repressing criticism of Islam and Muslims.
Such repression is necessary to stop Muslim radicals murdering people (as they've done on countless occasions) for critiquing or lampooning their backward desert creed and its 'divine prophet'.
The backdoor anti-blasphemy legislation is exclusively for Muslims - vicious anti-Christianism will, of course, continue to be tolerated.
We've said before that a society can have freedom of expression or it can have Islam, but it can't have both.
Visit any Muslim country on earth.
In practical terms, the new 'Islamophobia' definition and associated legislation will mean arrest and possible imprisonment for anyone brave enough to expose the connections between Muslim culture, Islamic scripture, terrorism, organised gang-rape and other barbarism.
It will kill free speech and inflame intercommunal tensions.
In other words, it's exactly what the Muslim fundamentalists want.
Makkah Mosque, Leeds.