Friday, February 06, 2009

Lord Ahmed's attempts to silence debate on the true nature of Islam fail

Article Published: 4th February 2009

Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament since 1998 and the founder of the Party for Freedom, has been re-invited to screen his latest film, Fitna, in the House of Lords later this month after the original event was cancelled in the face of threats by Lord Ahmed to mobilise Muslims to stop Mr Wilders entering Parliament.

Fitna is a short film made by Mr Wilders in 2008 that explores the Koran’s position on terrorism, Islamic universalism, and Islam in the Netherlands and Europe. The film’s title comes from the Arabic word ‘fitna’ which is used to describe ‘disagreement and division among people’, or a ‘test of faith in times of trial’.

Mr Wilders was initially invited to screen his film Fitna in the House of Lords on 29th January 2009. However, various representatives of the British Muslim community objected to this invitation. Lord Ahmed, was created a life peer in 1998 by the Labour Government and was the first Muslim peer. He threatened personally to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr Wilders from entering the Upper House and planned to take the peer organising the event to court. In the face of such threats, the first meeting was cancelled. Subsequently Lord Ahmed was quoted in the Pakistani media describing the cancellation as ‘victory for the Muslim community’.

Some years ago, on 23rd February 2005, Lord Ahmed hosted a book launch in the House of Lords for a Swedish-domiciled anti-semite known as J├Âran Jermas who was using the name “Israel Shamir”. ‘ According to Stephen Pollard, writing in the Spectator on 5th June 2007, Jermas was quoted as saying “In the Middle East we have just one reason for wars, terror and trouble — and that is Jewish supremacy drive”.

Stephen Pollard, wrote in the Times:

It is believed that the presence of Lord Ahmed in the House of Lords is symbolically important. His behaviour matters, both in the message it sends to his fellow Muslims and in what it represents to the rest of us’.

Melanie Phillips wrote in the Spectator:

Wilders has been re-invited to speak and screen his film in the Lords later this month. Parliament now has a second chance to show that jihadi thuggery will not be allowed to prevail within the cradle of democracy. But if it is really to demonstrate this, it should also surely take action against Lord Ahmed, who abused his position as a peer of the realm to threaten mass intimidation of the House in which he sits. If it fails to do so, it will be another notch on the ratchet of Britain’s slide into submission’.

Andrea Williams, Director of CCFON, said: “Once again we are seeing the clash of two world-views. Radical Islam has no respect for democracy because it seeks to dominate the political process. Appeasement will not work. Now is the time to remind ourselves of the true nature of Islam and to stand with those who seek to expose it.


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