From Jihad Watch:
UK: Muslim politician incites rage, death threats by posting “Jesus and Mo” cartoon on Twitter
This controversy has been raging for over a week now. I had been inclined to let it pass by without comment, but what it reveals about the state of the freedom of speech in Britain, and the prospects for large-scale reform of Islam, can’t be ignored.
Maajid Nawaz is a politician in Britain and a leader of the Quilliam Foundation, an influential moderate Muslim organization. He shot to prominence recently by, in Quilliam’s own jihad-tinged words, “having facilitated the decapitation of the EDL” by inducing Tommy Robinson to quit that organization. By winning over Tommy, Nawaz won international renown as a Muslim reformer, and has only burnished those credentials in light of the recent controversy, which began when Nawaz tweeted out the above cartoon of Jesus saying “Hey” and Muhammad responding “How you doin’,” from the satirical Jesus and Mo comic strip. His point was that it didn’t offend him, and wasn’t offensive.
Other Muslims, however, disagreed. Nawaz, as he explains in this Guardian piece, has received death threats and calls for his removal as a Liberal Democratic parliamentary candidate. Muslims have denounced him for promoting “Islamophobia,” and the British media has responded with its usual craven capitulation, with Channel 4 News blacking out the “Mo” cartoon in a story about the controversy....
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