Below is some additional fallout from the Hate Not Hope “report” “exposing” Anne Marie Waters. The following email was sent by a British citizen to his Member of Parliament after his local paper reported the MP’s demand that Gates of Vienna be shut down by the authorities:
Dear [Hon. MP],
I was surprised to see your name mentioned in the newspaper as supporting a proposal to shut down the Gates of Vienna website.
We’re getting a bit too fond of banning things in this country, aren’t we? Luckily GoV is hosted, not in the UK as the article incorrectly suggests, but in the USA where it is protected under Freedom of Expression legislation, something which we sadly lack in this country.
I have had a look at the GoV site and am at a loss to find anything that might incite violence in any normal, well-adjusted person. True, it does not shrink from controversy and it is forthright in its antipathy to the creeping influence of the Islamic ideology. But in the light of the widespread atrocities and grotesque bigotry we see every day in the Islamic world, and the failure of UK Muslims to condemn it, that’s a view which is now very far from being a preserve of the ‘far right’.
People can produce items which are grossly defamatory of other religions and no-one bats an eyelid. Nor should they. If Muslims really want to live side by side with those with other beliefs they need to get used to being criticized and made fun of the same as everyone else. Neither they nor their ideology enjoy a special status in this country. To make them think otherwise is to play into the hands of the bigots and nut-jobs on both sides.
Previous posts about the “HOPE not hate” report: