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Fearmongering commentary on Ken Livingstone and Islam

Fearmongering commentary on Ken Livingstone and IslamTypically odious stuff from Rod Liddle in the Spectator’s Coffee House blogs where he muses on the comments made by Ken Livingstone on Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) last sermon.

Livingstone is reported to have referred to the last sermon as ‘an agenda for all humanity’.

Liddle caricaturing Islam and its teachings writes:

“[Ken] praised the Prophet’s last sermon, telling his audience: ‘I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim in London knows and understands [its] words and message.’

“I know its words and message, you clapped-out newt-bothering Stalinist. I think we’ve all come to understand its words and message in recent years. So if you’re gay, or Christian, or an atheist, or a woman, don’t vote for Ken.”

The inference that other religious and social groups in London have something to fear from Islam and Muslims, and by extension something to fear in Ken Livingstone, is a repellent argument and a loathsome example of engaging in the politics of fear.

Would Liddle make similar remarks of other faith groups in the UK, not least given the advertisement placed by the Conservative Party in the Jewish Chronicle in the run up to the last general election listing election promises to the Jewish community? Would Liddle dare to suggest that the country had something to fear from Conservatives politicians courting the Jewish community by peddling their pro-Zionist credentials?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:36

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