We Have a Problem
So there’s a transcript of Panorama – very useful for those of us too far away to watch it.
Much food for thought. John Ware:
Extremism feeds off a conviction that Islam is a superior faith and culture which Christians and Jews in the West are conspiring to undermine. My journey through Muslim communities since the London bombings suggests their leaders have not acknowledged the extent to which these views are held in Britain.
He talks to Dr Taj Hargey, who runs a centre for what he calls ‘progressive inclusive Islam.’ Good luck, Dr Hargey, then.
Ad infinitum and ad nauseum, it’s there, it’s with us. We see it from the time you’re a child, you’re given this idea that those people they are Kaafir, they’re unbelievers. They are not equal to you, they are different to you. You are superior to them because you have the truth, they don’t have the truth. You will go to heaven, they will go to hell. So we have this from a very young age.
Ware asks Iqbal Sacranie if he would still expect the government of the day to put pressure on the publishers to withdraw it.
There is no law at the moment, sadly, that would enable me to pursue with a legal course of.. of seeking its withdrawal.
Ah yes, that is sad. Sacranie goes on:
We respect the freedom of expression but we expect freedom of expression to be exercised with responsibility.
Which means, we feel obliged to say we respect the freedom of expression but in reality we’re dead against it. Except for ourselves of course. To express our grievance when books like that get published.
As Rushdie said a couple of weeks ago, ‘If Sir Iqbal Sacranie is the best Blair can offer in the way of a good Muslim, we have a problem.’