Wednesday, 1 January 2020

If Father Ted can mock Catholicism then Boris Johnson has the right to poke fun at Islamic dress codes

(This article was also published in The Conservative Woman on January 1st 2020)
THE night before the most recent London Bridge terror attack, the writer Lionel Shriver appeared on BBC’S Question Time. In a segment related to so-called ‘Islamophobia’ in the Conservative Party, Shriver defended Boris Johnson’s 2018 article in the Telegraph, in which the now Prime Minister referred to Muslim women who wear the full-face veil as resembling ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letterboxes.’ A large portion of the audience gasped in shock that Shriver dared defend Johnson’s comments as ‘light-hearted’. Two young Muslim women were particularly scathing of Shriver’s comments. One of them accused her of ‘spreading hate and racism’ and told her that ‘you shouldn’t mock someone’s religion’. The other repeated several times that words have ‘consequences’ and asserted that there was a causal link between mockery of Islamic dress codes and violent attacks and verbal abuse of its adherents. 
It is a common trope promulgated by not just Muslim activists, but also by most of the media, that mockery and satire of Islam is synonymous with anti-Muslim bigotry and attacks on innocent Muslims. Not a single member of the panel or audience defended Shriver or mentioned that in a free society we still have the legal right to mock and criticise all ideologies religious or non-religious. In that the full-face veil is a manifestation of an ultra-strict form of Islam that disappears the individuality of women, it has to be open to critique and satire just like the practices and beliefs of every other ideology. No matter what the Muslim Council of Britain or their unquestioning cheerleaders in the media tell you, there is a world of difference between critiquing and mocking Islamic dress codes in print and being verbally abusive to innocent Muslims in the street....(click here to continue reading)

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