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Offending the sensitivities of Allah’s chosen

UK: Boris Johnson in the poo again

Planting the seeds for social disaster!

The scourge of Islam raises its ugly head again to exercise its growing might and control over thought, word and deed of ‘infidels’ in the UK. Completely humourless about the oddity of Muslim women dressed faceless resembling black “pill boxes” a few devotees of the religion of ‘love and pieces’ are calling for Boris Johnson’s head—probably figuratively. The former foreign secretary said people in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. Yep! That’s all it took for the calls to censure. It will be tried here in Australia to test the waters but more so to test the acquiescence of our gutless politicians.

Boris Johnson’s remarks about Muslim women wearing the burka were “inflammatory and divisive”, the UK’s equalities watchdog says. The former foreign secretary said people in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said his comments risked “vilifying Muslim women

Source: BBC

Boris Johnson’s burka comments inflammatory and divisive – equalities watchdog

Dozens of complaints to the Tory Party are being investigated but Mr Johnson has stood by his remarks.

Some Conservatives are unhappy at the party’s response, and former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told the BBC: “My general view is I don’t think that an internal party system should be there to shut down MPs when they speak.”

Comedian Rowan Atkinson expressed support for Mr Johnson in a letter to the Times newspaper, saying “no apology is required” for ridiculing religion.

But one of Mr Johnson’s critics, Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh, told BBC Newsnight he received “vile” Islamophobic messages after calling for him to be thrown out of the Conservative Party.

The equalities commission is understood to have received a complaint from a member of the public about Mr Johnson’s comments.

Its chief executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said: “The effectiveness of our democratic society depends on freedom of expression, and the expression of offensive and intolerant opinions is generally not unlawful.

“Boris Johnson’s use of language in this instance, which risks dehumanising and vilifying Muslim women, is inflammatory and divisive. Political figures should lead by example, conducting debates in a responsible manner, and language such as this can inhibit legitimate dialogue.”

Lord Sheikh said earlier this week that Mr Johnson should be kicked out of the party for his remarks.

And speaking to Newsnight on Thursday, he added that in his view Mr Johnson had “let the genie out of the bottle” by inflaming tensions with his comments.

Out of 75 emails he had since received about the issue, 15 were complimentary while the rest included “offensive language” and “horrible things, obscene things, about the Prophet Muhammad”, Lord Sheikh told the BBC.

The complaints to the Conservative Party against Mr Johnson are being looked at by an internal party team, which will decide whether any should be examined by an independent panel. Ultimately complaints can end up with the party’s board, which has powers that include suspension or expulsion.

A source close to Mr Johnson offered no comment on the move while a Tory spokesman said: “The code of conduct process is strictly confidential.”

But Blackadder and Mr Bean creator Atkinson told the Times: “I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.

“All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them.”

The comedian and comedy writer has previously campaigned against legislation that made it an offence to incite religious hatred on the basis that it could stifle freedom of speech.

Ex-Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has also said Mr Johnson should not have to apologise.

He said Mr Johnson had “expressed himself in quite colourful language, but he hasn’t committed any offence and we need to be very careful about our handling of this because we believe in free speech in this country”.

The Conservative Party has been accused of not doing enough to tackle anti-Muslim prejudice in its ranks, despite an initiative to boost tolerance and diversity.

The Conservative Muslim Forum and the Muslim Council of Britain had already raised concerns before Mr Johnson’s article.

One hundred Muslim women who wear the niqab or burka have signed a letter to Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, calling on him to withdraw the Conservative whip from Mr Johnson – whose Uxbridge constituency was targeted by around 30 protesters calling for his resignation – and launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.

“We are not forced to make these clothing choices, nor are we oppressed,” the women wrote in their letter, which has been issued to the media by the Muslim Council of Britain.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 12/08/2018, 6:20 am

    Free speech remains under attack in Britain, if in doubt, ask Tommy Robinson.

  • Bob 12/08/2018, 7:33 am

    Complain , complain ! That’s what these ragheads are good at , YES they are looking like bank robbers or black letter boxes , Boris wouldn’t have said that if this wasn’t the case , grow up and WE should grow up as well and just laugh it off and these Goat shaggers should do the same , insulting ?? Give me a break

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/08/2018, 11:20 am

      I calls them ambulatory black antbeds myself, but each to his own.

  • luk1955 12/08/2018, 7:34 am

    Note how the Andrews gov’t is trying to silence ProtectVictoria, the group that is pointing out the gangs attacks by the black african savages that he has allowed to proliferate here in Vic, to terrorise us so he can call in the military and set up his beloved police state, a one upmanship on the gulags of the soviet system.

  • Zoltan 12/08/2018, 8:42 am

    They’re all either ignorant of what Bojo wrote (typical, couldn’t be bothered with the truth/facts) or choose to ignore that the article was in support of the right to wear the bloody things. He then made the post box/bank robber quips.(because he doesn’t like them personally, but still doesn’t want them banned)
    It seems islam and it’s supporters have the singular right to take offence whilst white blokes have the singular ability to give it.

    • Albert 12/08/2018, 10:27 am

      If scruffy Boris doesn’t want them banned then he is as bad as they are.

  • Lorraine 12/08/2018, 8:42 am

    The ladies in black rubbish bins , oh yes that is what is inside Muslim rubbish, and the sheikh ,mula, or what ever thinks we vilify them. Yes that is after we have stopped laughing at how ugly they look.The black scarecrow

    • Finn 12/08/2018, 9:01 pm

      Letter boxes are better looking

  • DT 12/08/2018, 8:47 am

    Apparently Mr Bean remarked that the letterbox description was flawed as he had only observed red ones.

  • Joe Blogs 12/08/2018, 8:50 am

    Lord Sheikh!? http://www.lordsheikh.com/about-lord-sheikh/

    It’s just a matter of time.

  • Rubyred 12/08/2018, 9:25 am

    Boris Johnson is echoing what millions of Britains think. The Burka wearers are already denigrated by their own people for legitimising this oppressive clothing.

    • Zoltan 12/08/2018, 9:46 am

      The old joke used to be, “any friends of Batman are friends of mine”.
      Unfortunately their crime fighting doesn’t seem to be as effective as the caped crusader.
      Crusader…. Hmmmm

  • Penny 12/08/2018, 1:43 pm

    I can tell you now, Boris Johnson is nothing but an attention seeking charlaton. His remarks were just for attention pure and simple. He is desperate to be PM and that would be a disaster or the UK , I did admire Johnson once, he has now shown his true colours

  • ozsceptic 12/08/2018, 1:45 pm

    Just another way to control women in the name of religion. It is bloody obvious.
    I notice not too many Muslim men wear a collar and dog leash.

  • Maryanne 12/08/2018, 3:52 pm

    Ed, could you please supply the url for that priceless photo?

    Thanks in advance.

  • bushwanker 12/08/2018, 4:35 pm

    Vilifying Muslims should be declared a national pastime given the verbal crap that comes out of the mouths of those same filthy Muslims who put shit on Christians and Jews on a daily basis, all the while our oh-so-brave political leaders shrug their shoulders in a gutless display of acceptance
    Trump and leaders of some former soviet bloc countries are the only ones with any spine that are prepared to put the Muslims in their place.

  • MM Ed. 12/08/2018, 5:46 pm

    Maryanne, re the pic. All you need to do is hold down your cursor on the pic and drag it to your desktop. The original is in our media library and you can’t access that.

    • Joe Blogs 13/08/2018, 9:57 am

      M, caption for your pic: “Watch this girls! I’m taking a selfie of me taking a dump where the infidels walk.”

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