Laws needed to stop insults of Mohammed

Laws needed to stop insults of Mohammed

Last month we reported that Shaykh Noor Siddiqi, of the Muslim Action Forum, praised scaredy-cat British media for not publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Immediately after, much to my astonishment, he posted a Mohammed cartoon that we used in the report on his Facebook page.


Well, the Muslim Action Forum is back in the news. It has launched a “legal strategy” to stop insults against Mohammed. MAF is also asking supporters to “lobby your MP” to make “Islamophobia” a criminal offence.

The group states that they intend “to launch a series of legal challenges in the English Court system” because:

Depictions of our Holy Prophet peace be upon Him is the worst kind of ‘Hate Crime’ that can be perpetrated on the 3 million Muslims in the UK and 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide.

It says that they have:

Devised a legal strategy to prevent the continuous insulting and derogatory publications depicting and abusing the personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him.

In a press release published shortly after a demonstration in London in February, the MAF set out details of their plan to outlaw depicting Mohammed in the UK, through

Amendment of some existing legislation and the presentation of a Private Members Bill that promotes the idea of Global Civility.

They describe “Global Civility” as a “new direction” and argue that the “desecration” of “collective human dignity”, through “insult, denigration or humiliation is morally and ethically wrong”. Their website rails against:

Reckless and malicious expressions.

They urge the 100,000 Muslims who they claim signed their petition to lobby their MPs and all candidates standing in the General Election. It suggests that petitioners ask their MPs if they think:

The Public Order Act 1986 should be amended to include under ‘hate crime’ any malicious depiction of images and use of malevolent language against revered personalities of all religions?

They also suggest asking if:

Islamophobia should be a culpable offence?

The suggestions include a point inquiring if MPs would support a “Bill of Rights” that promotes “Global Civility”, a concept which would prevent insulting religion.

The appeal says that if the MP answers no to any of the points above, their answer:

Will clarify to the local Muslim community where their political representatives stand on the single most important issue to every Muslim in this country and worldwide.

Stephen Evans, National Secular Society campaigns manager, said:

We trust all prospective MPs will appreciate that there is no homogeneous ‘Muslim community’ and reject such unreasonable demands to undermine everybody’s fundamental rights and freedoms. Free speech is the bedrock of liberty and a free society – and integral to combating the spectre of Islamism. Now more than ever we need to preserve and strengthen freedom of expression, not capitulate to extremist demands.

The MAF explain that their campaign against satirical depictions of Mohammed, and what they call “uncivilised expressionists”, took its first historical step:

By presenting a petition supported by over 100,000 signatures of Muslims promoting the concept of Global Civility and condemning the continuous publication of these insulting cartoons in France and other parts of the world.

It defines “uncivilised expressions” as:

A psychological disposition of the human mind which insults and maligns others without care or consideration of consequences.

The theme of the February rally was “Be careful with Muhammad”. After the demo, Ophelia Benson commented:

That’s a threat. That’s a valorization of murder and a threat. It’s fascist. Oswald Mosley is long dead but there are fascist demonstrations again in London.

Hat tip: Barriejohn

22 responses to “Laws needed to stop insults of Mohammed”

  1. Robster says:

    Not much of a deity if it needs the help of mere mortals to protect itself. Wouldn’t the rep. of an all powerful being be able to just abrakadabra a solution to any perceived problem? I mean the Mad Mo flew to the Muslim heaven on a flying horse (apparently), that’s cool and done with no help from a hairy bloke in a black dress.

  2. JohnMWhite says:

    Depictions of our Holy Prophet peace be upon Him is the worst kind of ‘Hate Crime’ that can be perpetrated on the 3 million Muslims in the UK and 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide.

    This is why I have such a problem with the “why do you need to wind them up?” sort of attitude that crept in after the Charlie Hebdo assassinations. This claim is fucking insane. On the face of it, plain as day, it is toys in the attic stuff. If a doodle is the accepted to be the worst kind of hate crime that can be perpetrated on someone, then where on earth do you draw the line? Someone can just as easily argue that advertising psychiatric medication on TV is a hate crime against Scientologists, or advertising the Samaritans is a hate crime against nihilists. Society would collapse if we have to avoid offending its most violently insane segments on pain of death or legal penalty.

    Global Civility might happen when people stop believing that their peculiar beliefs ought to matter to people who don’t share them.

  3. L.Long says:

    “petition supported by over 100,000 signatures of Muslims ”
    I can see how that was done….
    Went to the muslins and said sign this or else!!!!
    with the ‘or else’ not needing any explanation.

  4. paul says:

    Pouring oil into the fire or letting it just burn out by removing flammable material from around and putting a fence around it?. Possibly just using the heat to generate electricity or boiling water?

  5. Har Davids says:

    I don’t think this is the moment to expect ‘us’ to stop insulting their precious prophet, with their IS-mates giving vivid examples of Islamic civility. And it’s not exactly showing strength if you get your knickers in an awful twist if someone draws a cartoon. If I were to react with violence because drew a cartoon of something that was special to me, I would be considered psychotic; is that the impression we’re supposed to have of a majority of Muslims?

  6. Newspaniard says:

    Five minutes ago I was causing offence to 1.1 billion (thousand million) muslims. Then it became 1.6 billion. Now, above, it is 1.7 billion. Do they really breed that rapidly or is someone empire building with iffy facts?

  7. chrsbol says:

    The Public Order Act 1986 should be amended to include under ‘hate crime’ any malicious depiction of images and use of malevolent language against revered personalities of all religions?
    Just supposing this came about, would they include The Flying Spaghetti Monster? (sauce be upon him). He/She’s just as real.
    M.A.F. mad as fuck.

  8. barriejohn says:

    It’s a good job Charles Schultz is dead. Look how offensive followers of the Great Pumpkin would find his cartoons!

  9. Angela_K says:

    According to these islamofascists, drawing a cartoon of mad Mo is far worse than flying aeroplanes into buildings, blowing up buildings, slaughtering cartoonists, throwing gay people from tall buildings, FGM, misogyny…….strange type of “global civility”

  10. Dave says:

    Do we really need parliament wasting its time debating a law to protect a thousand-year + dead man from being mocked and insulted?

  11. barriejohn says:

    Angela_K: You’re right, but did you read the following article (on the NSS site yesterday)?

    Good for them!

  12. David Anderson says:

    There’s that word again, Islamophobia. a word invented to throw at anybody who critisizes Is-lame, just like anti-semite is now used against anybody who critisizes Israel.

    Then along comes Shaykh Noor Siddiqi to demonstrate just why people despise Is-lame. An organization prepared to commit murder and all kinds of other atrocities which in the twisted minds of the fanatics, is justified and not a hate crime.

  13. L.Long says:

    Making fun or criticizing some dumb-assed dead half baked bigoted preacher IS NOT isLame-ophobia. Having a fear of an actual activity is called proof of being a bigoted ahole NOT a phobia!!
    Y’all need to think!!!! OH! Wait!! Forgot you are religious so are incapable of that simple thing.

  14. Lon says:

    Well fuck Abe, Jeebus and Mo and praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster, sauce be upon him!

  15. Angela_K says:

    @barriejohn. Yes I read that report, interesting to see if it works.

  16. gedediah says:

    In a civilised society we accept that other people have the right to say things we don’t like. An appropriate response to speech one finds offensive is to exercise one’s own free speech rights, not to try and shut down or limit free speech.

  17. Newspaniard says:

    @gedediah. It’s a pity that this is not practiced in most UK universities today. It would appear that the fascist organization, UAF (Socialist Workers Party) will practice their thuggery on anyone who disagrees with them. Pity the poor student who wants to get his head down and learn something, especially if they are paying £9,000 for the privilege.

  18. Trevor Blake says:

    “A psychological disposition of the human mind which insults and maligns others without care or consideration of consequences.”

    Religion will borrow from secular triumphs like psychology when it suits them. Their prayers for health never work so they use secular medicine then move the credit back to religion.

  19. Brummie says:

    This is an appalling threat. Creeping Islamization by stealth.
    Our history books depict wonderfully irreverent cartoons of George IV, Pitt the younger, Napoleon etc, superbly drawn over 200 years ago. Insulting yes, illegal NO.
    Freedom of expression is VITAL in any civilised society.

  20. dennis says:

    can I, can I, can I, can I,O’ Please Please
    draw frontally, profile, from behind, blurred face, neck down, shoes, foot prints, finger prints. Alas, I have no reference point, except all these insane commas. that’s it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,, for all the Gawd horrible Gawds
    @Brummie Freedom of expression is VITAL in any civilized society.

  21. IzzyPop says:

    Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi is brother of Noor. He introduced Muslim Arbitration Tribunals – the so called Sharia Courts to UK, but they only have a tiny following. They just want ‘donations’ that publicity brings them. Zain is another brother. They are an extreme religious cult making money from charity by exploiting British democracy.