Locking a man in a cell for five and a half years to prevent him airing his views is the final triumph of Britain’s immigration policy. We are now no better than a grubby third world dictatorship, with one of our most vocal critics locked up in jail and silenced. Yesterday Anjem Choudary was sentenced to five and a half years solitary confinement to prevent him ‘infecting’ other prisoners with radical Islamic views. While it is true he is serving his sentence for sending killers to Syria, a sentence this magazine considers far too lenient, he will serve it segregated to stop him speaking to other prisoners who might be influenced by his extreme views.
In this, along with all the other restrictions on our liberty we have accepted since the arrival of Islam in Britain, we are aping a pre – medieval religion which forbids any criticism of its beliefs, and in many countries will kill, imprison or torture you if you do. The real solution, which would have saved our democracy which died yesterday, is to subject Islam to the type of secular attack on its theology we are familiar with the liberal media mounting against Christianity. The theology of Islam is, like all other religions, pure speculation, backed with threats of dire punishment, either here or in the hereafter, if the faithful do not obey rules laid down by old men, themselves sitting trembling at the departure gates of life. Western society on the other hand having either divested itself of religious beliefs, or consigned them to pantomimes such as those of the Church of England, has steadily advanced in matters of liberty, freedom of thought, science and philosophy. The discoveries of western science, while offering painless dentistry, penicillin,the Hubble telescope and clean water, do not offer the slightest support to any religion, quite the contrary, as science progresses the established religions look increasingly improbable.
Our failure to dissect Islamic beliefs in the same way we have dissected Christianity became apparent on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC TV yesterday. A senior police officer reminded the egregious Derbyshire that it was BBC shows like hers, particularly Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, that fell over themselves to give Choudary not only airtime, but do little more than utter polite noises when he justified the killing of Private Rigby and other atrocities. Derbyshire rewarded this criticism with a self righteous, dismissive sniff. Nobody, she said, thought the BBC biased. But another member of her panel, a white ex prison warder, insisted that his colleague was right and that the real solution to radicalisation was to tackle extreme Islamic beliefs in public, long before it’s preachers get to court, but by which time it is already too late.
The last thing Derbyshire wanted to hear was a white working class man with a shaven head lecturing her on combating Islam, a religion her class has been in love with for years, and which they absolutely refuse to criticise. Brushing his views aside, she demanded details of the proposed segregation of Choudary and who he would be allowed to mix with. When she was told it would be with lifers in for murder, who would never get out, she was thrilled. Is this the BBC’s idea of free speech?
Choudary is in jail because the BBC and other media organisations that gave him a platform were, and are, too cowardly to tackle the theological and historical claims Islam makes to be the one true religion and the Koran God’s direct word. It is upon this latter, unprovable and extremely unlikely assertion the radical preacher based his violent philosophy. Yet while an unlimited supply of liberal atheists are available to pull the claims of Christianity apart on air, when it comes to Islam there is total silence. Even money does not speak. A couple of years ago Channel Four prepared a documentary critical of the accepted historical account of the origins of Islam. Due to thousands of complaints its TV screening was cancelled. One can be sure that a similar programme about Christianity would receive very different treatment.
Why? Partly cowardice, attacking Islam can be physically dangerous, but it is also mainly an Asian or black religion, at least in the west, and a dark skin has a special virtue in the eyes of liberals, to be black is to possess a type of pre-lapsarian innocence, a state of grace only found before Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil then shared it with Adam. White people have eaten from the tree, which is why we alone are guilty. That the smart metropolitans of the BBC should have fallen for such nonsense is itself a cause for both laughter and tears
The future for free speech, independent enquiry, justice itself, looks very grim indeed.