Blasphemy is in the eye of the believer

The petition against Maajid Nawaz is deeply offensive

21 Jan 2014

Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz, former Islamist and current Liberal Democrat, is facing the fearsome wrath of a petition after he tweeted a frame of a “Jesus and Mo” cartoon on Sunday.

Nawaz tweeted the picture after a discussion about the cartoons on BBC’s The Big Questions. The BBC had declined to show any of the cartoons, which depict Jesus and Muhammad as friends, usually chatting in a bar.

Anyway, there is now a petition calling for Nawaz to be deselected as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for “Hamstead (sic) and Kilburn”, “ because of the offensive images he posted on FaceBook/Twitter of the Prophets Muhammed and Jesus peace be upon them”

The petitioners claim that the Jesus And Mo cartoons feature the two in homoerotic scenes, drinking, swearing etc. In fact, for people who are shocked – SHOCKED! – by the portrayal of Muhammad, they seem to have spent a lot of time looking at portrayals of him.

Ultimately the issue is that orthodox Sunni Islam prohibits any portrayal of the prophet (or any other of God’s creations, for that matter), and hence the cartoons are blasphemous, or “offensive”, as we now call it.

Well here’s the problem. In their description of Jesus as a “prophet”, they’ve in fact committed an extreme blasphemy against the Christian faith, which holds that Jesus is divine. People used be executed for denying Christianity. People used to be executed for less.

If the petitioners are serious in their concern about offence, they should apologise to Christians immediately.

But of course that would be ridiculous. The alternative would be to carry on believing what they believe, and not spend their time seeking out offence. Crazy, but it might just work.

Padraig Reidy

2 responses to “Blasphemy is in the eye of the believer”

  1. Dino Caforio says:

    Yes, correct. Myopic hypocrites. All 20,000 signees of that petition. Hypocrites.

  2. Tec15 says:

    I see that “free speech” now means that prospective politicians are now immune from any attempt by voters to get their parties to drop them. Pretty soon they’ll be guilty of the heinous crime of censorship for refusing to vote for him.