Monday, February 27, 2006

Abide by our laws

It seems that Sir Trevor Phillips agrees with me.
MUSLIMS living in the UK must accept that British values include a commitment to freedom of speech, even if that means offending people, says the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.

Speaking in the wake of worldwide demonstrations against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, Sir Trevor Phillips said that the right to offend was an "absolutely precious" part of British identity, which could not be bargained away. And he suggested that any Muslims who want to live under a system of Shariah law should leave the country.

However, given that I am a nationalistic, racist fascist, this can only mean that Sir Trevor Phillips is too; this news will, I would imagine, come as something of a shock to the man. Poor Trev.
Sir Trevor rejected the idea that British Muslims should be allowed to live under Shariah law in their own communities. "I don't think that's conceivable," he said. "We have one set of laws. They are decided on by one group of people, members of parliament, and that's the end of the story. Anybody who lives here has to accept that's the way we do it. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else."

Well, yes; which is what I have said numerous times before. Sharia is entirely incompatible with our laws and, indeed, our sense of decency. It is unthinkable that people should be allowed to practise it in this country: where would it end?

We would end up with druidic nutters sacrificing virgins on altars at Stonehenge. Of course, this could also be made to segue nicely into the sharia joy of honour killings...

On the other hand, of course, we may also end up with lunatic goat-fuckers being forced to marry the object of their attentions which—whilst being unfortunate for the poor goat, which would be forced into a life of sexually violation by a desperate weirdo—would be absolutely fucking hilarious on many other levels...


Katy Newton said...

You found your bile!

Neil Harding said...

While Trevor Phillips and DK are correct to suggest that Sharia Law is fascist, it is wrong to suggest people should have to leave the country because of their political views, this suggestion is itself fascist.

We can't beat fascists by locking them up, suppressing their free speech, or telling them to leave the country. Doing so is sinking to their level and is in anyway counter-productive because it suggests that the truth is not robust enough to withstand criticism and wacko ideas. (Remember that Hitler was locked up for treason. It strengthened his resolve and his support amongst those who now had sympathy for him as a Martyr).

There is no easy solution. The only way to beat fascists is the hard way - by beating them in debate and by better education.

Devil's Kitchen said...

No, no, Neil: forcing them to leave the country - or locking them up for that matter - would be fascist.

Suggesting that they leave if they are not happy with the whole system of government that we have in this country is not fascist.

One is merely pointing out that, if they really want to be governed by sharia, a law with a religion as its basis, then they should go to a country where sharia is practised.

What I am not eager to see is something similar to what happened in Canada recently, where a group of Muslims applied to govern themselves by sharia. I think that that would be totally wrong, and I also don't trust Blair not to let it happen.


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