I blogged about Lord Ahmed's threats and his attempt to ban the showing of the Fitna video last month. Subsequent to that, the House of Lords authorities decided not to agree to the proposed ban and said that extra police would be drafted in to meet the threat and that the showing of Geert Wilders' Fitna video and the discussion should go ahead. However Jacqui Smith has decided she knows better and a letter has been sent from her office to Geert Wilders saying:
"...the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK."
It is interesting that the letter does not say whether the Home Office believe that Geert Wilders' statements are true or not, just that they "would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK". I wonder if someone could ask Jacqui Smith what she believes is the truth.
When a Dutch politician is banned from the UK for telling unpalatable truths about one religion whilst followers of that same religion are allowed to threaten the life of their fellow Britons, then I fear for where this may lead. The UK is sleepwalking (or maybe being lead) in a direction that may be exceedingly dangerous to those of us who are not loved or respected by some followers of strict Islamic tradition. The more the British government accedes to the demands of one minority in the interests of "community harmony", the more the rest of the "community" may feel that the government is not acting in their interests. The more these feelings are allowed to grow, the more nasty the result may be. I know that I am not alone in wondering if this Labour government are actually trying to provoke "community unrest" so that they can implement the Civil Contingency Act; might we be right?