The conservative leaning commentator Douglas Murray writing in the Spectator magazine aims both metaphorical barrels at ‘Imam’ Theresa May’s dishonesty about Islam in her Conservative Party conference speech.
Mr Murray said in his article:
“Because although there were many things to admire in Theresa May’s speech there was also one horrible, glaring and nearly unforgivable error. That is that the Home Secretary chose to speak about religion – indeed to lecture the hall, and the nation, on religion. And one religion in particular. Many of us would like to think that the Home Secretary’s job – if occasionally dull – is very important because it relies on enforcing the laws of the land as well as looking out for circumstances where the law may need tightening or fine-tuning. But how strange to see a Home Secretary getting into the pulpit – and one with which she is clearly so wildly unfamiliar.
Here is Imam May on the terrorist group Isis:
‘This hateful ideology has nothing to do with Islam itself. And it is rejected by the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Britain and around the world. The Quran says: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other.” It says: “let there be no compulsion in religion.” So let the message go out from this hall that the extremists will never succeed in dividing us. Let the message go out that we know Islam is a religion of peace and it has nothing to do with the ideology of our enemies.’
Oh God. Must we? Apparently so. Here we go again.
I suppose there are still some sane people left in this country who would express surprise or distaste were a Tory cabinet minister to be found quoting Biblical verses during their conference speeches? But imagine if they did so while also whitewashing the Bible and pretending that the Bible has no abhorrent verses (which it certainly does). I’m not keen on politicians quoting any religious verses at me in any situation. It’s just not their job. But if you are going to do such a thing, at least be honest. But May, or her speechwriters at least, were not honest today. After all these years she can’t seriously believe what she said, can she? She can’t seriously not know about this, can she?
Let us take that early verse in the Quran about there being ‘no compulsion in religion’. Fine. Nice. Sounds terrific. Admittedly the passage is spoilt somewhat if you read on a couple of verses (from 2:256 to 2:260) and it says that all the ‘unbelievers’ will become ‘inhabitants of the Fire, therein dwelling forever.’ But what’s the point of getting stuck on eternal burning in hellfire when you have a point to make in a Conservative party conference speech?
I suppose it would have been too much to expect Theresa May’s speechwriter to flick along a few pages in the Quran and read from Chapter VIII (‘The Spoils’ in the Arberry translation). This chapter is more than usually good in explaining how exactly to kill the enemies of Allah, why you should chop off their heads and also provides a handy guide to which of their family and other ‘possessions’ the ‘believers’ are then allowed to take as bounty. Why not read these passages? Why not explain the importance of cutting the heads off from non-believers, including Christians?
After all that is what is going on in Iraq and Syria right now. It happened in Woolwich last year. And it was attempted in Norway and Australia just in recent days. And Isis and their ideological bedfellows are behaving the way this way, and calling on scriptural and religious authority while doing so, not because they didn’t get the memo, but because they did and have not been sufficiently countered from within their own faith. This is a huge problem for Muslims. As I have said many times, the extremists like Isis may have a terrible interpretation of Islam. Obviously for all our sakes – Muslim and non-Muslim – they have adopted the very worst interpretation of Islam. But it is an interpretation of Islam. They do not get to where they get from nowhere.
But it is just so sickening. So boringly, tediously, repetitively sickening, to keep watching this parade of Tory politicians reading out passages from the Quran to explain to the British public why Isis are wrong. We don’t need them to do this. We just need them to uphold the laws of the land, our principles and traditions. The waters they are leading us into are murkier than they can possibly imagine. But ignoring the violent traditions of Islam only benefits – as I have also said many times – those Muslim extremists who are enraged that a British Home Secretary should be presuming to tell them what they should or should not believe. And it also benefits the growing number of non-Muslim members of the public who wonder why there is such an appalling effort to cover up what anybody who opens any Islamic holy text can tell straight away.”
Read the rest of this article and comments from Spectator readers here:
It is indeed sickening to see yet another British politician, someone who should be helping to protect Britons from the ravages of the ideology of Islam, lying about it. Theresa May’s comments about Islam are full of utter dishonesty about the content of Islam’s ‘holy’ book. Anybody who has more than half a brain and gets their news from someplace other than the BBC can see that Theresa May is being dishonest about Islam. Islam is NOT a religion of peace, it is NOT a tolerant belief and a lot of it is NOT compatible with British society. We know about Islam, we know its violence and its corruption and its intolerance. There is no excuse for Theresa May to lie to us and treat us like idiot children who can be placated by bullshit.
Someone close to Ms May, should politely remind her that Britain has enough Quislings who lie about the nature of Islam, or talk down the threat from it, and we do not need any more.