Our regular British reader and commenter Mark H sent the following email to his Member of Parliament today, taking exception to the honorable gentleman’s misguided “outreach” to the Muslim community in Britain by his participation in the upcoming Global Peace and Unity Conference.
Simon Hughes is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark:
From: Mark H
Date: 8 November 2013 17:24
Subject: Global Peace and Unity Conference
Rt Hon Simon Hughes, MP
Dear Mr Hughes,
I was an admirer of your standpoint and integrity even before I became your constituent in 2010, and have usually been a Liberal/Lib Dem voter.
However I am gravely concerned to hear that you will be speaking at the above event, and indeed that Nick Clegg has in the past. Following this email, I will be forwarding an article from the Gatestone Institute, which makes it quite plain that many of the others involved are antisemites, homophobes, misogynists, Islamic supremacists and terrorist supporters (the format doesn’t allow inclusion of messages when forwarding, and I’m not clever enough with computers to get round this).
Your party’s record over anti-zionism and antisemitism generally, is already poor, and I urge you most strongly to reconsider. My parents’ generation, whose fallen we will honour (with others) at this weekend’s remembrance services, did not fight fascism for six years to defend our freedoms so that you and others could fraternise with those who would take those freedoms away, given half a chance. Even David Cameron, in 2010, prevented (the deeply compromised) Baroness Warsi from attending the conference. As Churchill said, an appeaser is someone who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
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