Our Dutch correspondent Michiel Mans has kindly given us his permission to reproduce an open letter he wrote yesterday to the BBC in response to a television program that presented a favorable view of sharia law.
BBC’s sharia promo
To: BBC, Ajmal Masroor (via form)
It was like seeing a TV programme showing what possible good fascism might have given Britain. BBC One entertained us with ‘Celebrity Lives — Sharia Style’ on Monday evening March 9th. It showed what possible good Sharia Law might bring Britain. It was nauseating.
Ajmal Masroor, a London imam and often described as a moderate Muslim, presented the programme. He (inadvertently) showed near the end why the introduction of Sharia Law in Britain was a bad idea. ‘Was’, as some Sharia courts are already active. One (Muslim) woman argued that there are several versions of Sharia Law with various levels of strictness and therefore cause for dispute among Muslims themselves. Which version should be introduced?
Actually, I think ‘dispute’ puts it rather mildly. As so much in the programme was. Favourable examples of positive influence by Sharia Law had been carefully put together. A few women of fame and infamy passed by. Selective examples from selected parts of selected Sharia Law made things look good. Or not too bad.
What the natives thought about the idea was rather absent. A few ignorant natives in the street were asked if they knew what Sharia meant and all but one had no clue. Those who did probably got lost on the floor of the editing room. Most of the ‘British’ you saw in the programme looked as if they were living in a faithful part of Pakistan or similar devout place. Most women that passed by in the background during the programme wore the freedom bringing head-to-toe full black with small ‘don’t walk into the wall’ top-slit. Most were black zombies, enslaved by Islamic madness. And they were supposed to show Britain?
Well, dear BBC, dear Mr Ajmal Masroor, I’m no British native but a native from Holland. The way I see it is this: take it or leave it. Literally. You come to settle over here, settle in Britain or Holland forever, you want to become British, or Dutch? Fine, although the numbers are a problem. However, if you come, you adapt to the ways and laws of the land. Perhaps you bring your spices but that is about it.
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You do not fanatically continue being a Pakistani, a Moroccan or Nigerian. You do not enforce your culture, your religious idiosyncrasies, your way of life on the natives. We did so during our colonial past and it wasn’t well appreciated. It isn’t well appreciated by the natives here either. Then the natives eventually asked us to leave or kicked us out. I hope it doesn’t come to that up here.
Laws should be based on a collective common sense and sense of justice. The introduction of laws should be voted on by elected people. In any case, laws should not be based on the presumed uttering of some guy who heard voices fourteen hundred years ago. That is lunacy.
I see Islam as evil. There is no God, any god. There is no evidence for a higher being. Islam is a horrible manmade doctrine enslaving a billion people. Its Sharia Law — any version — is a perversion, a travesty. It is very personally intrusive and unpleasant at best, sadistic and brutal at worst. If necessary, this native will fight to prevent a single letter of Sharia Law ever to worm its way into our Dutch Law. No matter how flawed our laws may be.
If you don’t like the British or Dutch way, if it doesn’t go well with your beliefs, fine. Pack your bags and move to Pakistan, Morocco or wherever you think people are more friendly towards your beliefs. Please stop the enforcing of Islamic crap, stop the Sharia sweet-talking and propaganda. That goes for the BBC as well.