UK MP: ‘Don’t insult prophet Mohammed’
Speaking at a ‘freedom of speech’ rally last weekend, George Galloway MP, above, condemned Charlie Hebdo for producing ‘pornographic, obscene insults’ against Mohammed.
The Respect Party MP for Bradford West was speaking outside Bradford City Hall on Saturday.
Referencing the bloody France attacks which saw 17 people killed, Galloway said:
No person, no human being should be subjected to violence, still less death for anything that they have said, written or drawn. So we condemn utterly the murder of 17 people in the events in Paris. But we will not allow this Charlie Hebdo magazine to be described as a king of loveable, anarchic, fun book of cartoons.
These are not cartoons, these are not depictions of the Prophet, these are pornographic, obscene insults to the Prophet and by extension, 1.7 billion human beings on this earth. And there are limits … There limits to free speech and free expression especially in France.
Galloway described the newspaper’s purpose as:
To further marginalise, further alienate and further endanger exactly those parts of the community who are already alienated, already endangered. It is a racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag.
And he declared:
Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo.
A post on Twitter by Helen Pidd, Northern editor of the Guardian revealed Galloway’s lunatic rant in full. It ends with the words:
We have to demand from our government the protection of the prophets from obscene and pornographic provocation, and in parliament I intend to fight for that. As-salaam-alaikum.
Update: The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by hate preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has been banned from entering the UK, has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The latest cartoon of the prophet in Charlie Hebdo has angered many Muslims and triggered protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for “prophets” and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed.
The union said the UN should then issue:
A law criminalising contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites.
It also called for the West
To protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Union of Muslim Scholars report)