Europas tilstand: fakta er både djevelsk og fobisk

En ”djevelsk” adferd. Det er hva Lord Pearson, sentral politiker i Ukip stemples som etter å ha kommentert en rapport om drapet på Lee Rigby. Så hva sa han? I typisk høflige engelske ordlag pekte han på at morderne siterte 22 vers fra koranen og Muhammed som eksempel for å rettferdiggjøre drapet. Han konstaterte så at den store majoriteten muslimer er ”våre fredselskende venner”, som burde oppmuntres til å adressere volden i koranen.

Her er sitatet:

“My lords, are the government aware that Fusilier Rigby’s murderers quoted 22 verses of the Qur’an to justify their atrocity? Therefore, is the prime minister accurate or helpful when he describes it as a betrayal of Islam? Since the vast majority of Muslims are our peace-loving friends, should we not encourage them to address the violence in the Qur’an – and indeed in the life and the example of Muhammad?”

Dette anses som “djevelsk”, og da må man under seg om hvilke andre fakta som går i samme kategori. Her er hva Lord Pearson møtes med, først potensiell politisk reprimande:


Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who led Ukip during the last general election, is to be reported to the speaker of the upper house, Lady D’Souza, after he suggested that the Qur’an had inspired Rigby’s killers.

Da kommer politiske motstandere på banen med fobi-kortet, først ut Labours Khalid Mahmood, skriver Guardian.

“This lifts the veil of Farage (partiets leder, min merknad) when he tries to say he believes in all the communities and would work together with people as a serious party. This is not a serious party. This is a party, in this instance, of Islamophobes and people who just generally can’t understand and tolerate the different heritages and cultures that we have in the UK who work together.

“Virtually everybody has condemned – and I, again, for the record condemn – the atrocious attack on Lee Rigby. This [intervention by Pearson] is just complete nonsense. Obviously he hasn’t read the Qur’an. Islam is about submission to the Almighty. It is not about war against anybody else.”

Også han skal legge inn en skriftlig klage.

Da er vi kommet til Yasmin Qureshi, også hun Labourparlamentariker:

“These are lies. Trying to say this comes from some text in the Qur’an or there is some justification in the religion – it isn’t there. To suggest that Muslims should be apologizing and somehow having to take responsibility for the actions of a handful of people is absolutely diabolical. This is nonsensical rubbish.”

En fra Ukip prøver seg med ånden fra Opplysningstiden:

A Ukip spokesman said: “What Lord Pearson is doing is calling on Islamic scholars to treat the Qur’an as Christian scholars treat the Bible – to use it as a subject for debate and discourse around the core message. He is talking about how Islamic scholars are constrained by the comprehension that the Qur’an is the perfect word of God unencumbered by human frailty, unlike the Bible. In contrast the apostles are human and like all human things are prone to error.”

Velkommen til Storbritannia i 2014! Og jeg ville ikke forundres om vi hadde sett samme reaksjoner fra Stortinget. Vi har for eksempel ikke glemt denne salven tidligere i år:

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