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One only has to look at Pakistan to wonder if Baroness Warsi is living in the real world, or is politically blinkered by her residence in the UK and her faith.

Warsi will be giving an address to the University of Leicester on Thursday, and is thought to be including comments, on what she sees as British Islamophobia. The Baroness has told journalists that “Islamophobia has passed the dinner-table test” and is seen by many as normal and uncontroversial” and that “The notion that all followers of Islam can be described either as moderate or extremist can fuel misunderstanding and intolerance”.

I cannot help but wonder if the Baroness has even read the Quran (Koran) or practiced Islam in a form that is faithful to that book. She has also stated that “Terrorist offences committed by a small number of Muslims must not be used to condemn all who follow the faith”, Is she really suggesting that the offences committed by Muslims on the wider world are the minority, be them acts of terrorism or genital mutilation, or the stoning of women and the fatwa’s on the heads of many eminent commentators and authors. Purely Islamic countries that enforce these edicts are the majority, and it is from this majority many of us base our intolerance of Islam.

I like many others would like to hear Baroness Warsi include apologies to those still living in fear and isolation with Fatwa’s on their heads, the like of Salman Rushdie and Theo van Gogh? It would also be reassuring to hear if she will be willing to denounce the killing of Islamic apostates for leaving Islam?

But we will probably not hear these caveats in her speech, which at least will keep her from suffering the same fate as Salmaan Taseer at the hands of the “minority”.

Maybe the Baroness can take strength from the Murdered Pakistan Minister’s daughter Shehrbano Taseer, and make it clear that Islam is a threat to religious and secular freedom?

We live in hope!

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:24:15 UTC | #581344