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The threats to Sadiq Khan remind us of the dangers that many MPs face

18 February 2013

5:23 PM

18 February 2013

5:23 PM

Such is the audacity of extreme Islamists that we now have the remarkable situation where a Muslim member of parliament, Sadiq Khan, is being told by the police to review his security arrangements after having his life threatened.

Khan provoked the rage of radicals earlier this month after voting in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. On his website, Khan explained:

I firmly believe in marriage. Marriage is an important statement of love and long term commitment, and has long been the main way that the state recognises and shows support for loving relationships.  I believe that couples who love each other and want to make that long-term commitment to each other should be able to have a civil marriage regardless of their gender or their sexuality. Same sex couples should have the same recognition from the state as everyone else.

Imams from major mosques in Bradford and Southfield responded by denouncing Khan as an apostate. Excommunicating him, they declared his own marriage null and void, and potentially opened the door for others to attack him (exploiting an extremist view that apostates should be killed).


Radical groups including Hizb ut Tahrir and Izzharudeen were also irate. The former argued:

‘Some people hold up these [Muslim] MPs as examples for young Muslims to follow. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.’

Izzharudeen took it further by demanding:

‘[It’s] time to account these apostate MP’s, they changed something that Allah made Haram [forbidden] to Halal [allowed] by voting for gay marriages.’

Such threats have sometimes inspired direct attacks on MPs. When the radical al-Qa’eda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki (who once lived in Britain) encouraged young Muslims to avenge Iraqis killed in the war, it resulted in the attempted murder of an MP. Roshanara Choudhry, a university dropout from Newham, stabbed Stephen Timms in the liver during his constituency surgery because he had voted for the Iraq war. Timms survived, but the point was made.

The political class has done itself no favours in recent years with scandals ranging from the abuse of expenses to the protracted deceit of individuals like Chris Huhne. Yet, Khan’s stand also reminds us of the very real dangers that lots of MPs face when holding on to points of principle – a feature of their work that should demand our full support.

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  • FrenchNewsonlin

    It is not, as the writer here puts it, ‘audacity’, it is a criminal offence and the Islamists cited should be facing inquiries. See for starters the CPS website — “Inchoate offences – Attempting to commit an offence: A person is guilty of attempting to commit an offence under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 (CAA 1981), section 1(1) if s/he does an act which is more than preparatory to the commission of the offence with the intention of committing an offence”. Diligent prosecutors could surely find plenty more on the statute book given that Blair introduced 54% more new laws per year in office than did Thatcher, according to Sweet and Maxwell online.

  • MikeF

    Perhaps Mr Khan might reflect on the fact that the threats to him – which are, of course, depolorable – are the direct consequence of the development of the type of ethnocentric grievance politics that the party he represents has so assiduously fostered. Socialist multiculturalism is not about protecting the welfare of ethnic or any other minorities but about using a supposed concern for their ‘sensibilities’ as a disguise for the replacement of democratic politics by authoritarian diktat. As such he is not a defender of any sort of principle but at best a fool or at worst a knave who thinks he can succeed in pandering to two different constituencies – ‘left-liberal’ activists and fundamentalist muslims – who make up so much of his party’s base of support.
    It is a dichotomy that anyone of any sense or realism could see is unavoidable and which is now becoming manifest. If and when he makes an explicit renunciation of multiculturalism in favour of the politics of free speech and genuine principle in which beliefs and propositions are promoted for their intrinsic merits and not sectarian appeal then he will deserve praise. Unitl then he should receive police protection but no sympathy because he is the architect of his own plight.

  • andy_gill

    It’s come to something when an elected MP is subjected to religious persecution because of his views on gay rights.

    It reminds us just how far Islam has infiltrated our national life, and how low this country has sunk.

  • darwins beard

    Yet again where is the moderate Muslim community outcry at this ? Unless of course there is not one or they are too scared to voice it, either way the message of deafening silence is the same, and yet “Islamaphobia” is peddled as the real threat in our communities by progressives on all sides of the media and political sphere. And why oh why is incitement to violence only ever enforced if you are non Muslim ?

    • Colonel Mustard

      I think it is a form of latent racism. Allowing muslims more leeway in breaking the law because their perceived cultural and religious differences are being held to a lesser standard. That together with ‘white guilt’ where according to the bien pensant any robust enforcement action taken against minority groups attracts the suspicion of racism and discrimination.

      When the left were busy creating their special identity groups and tampering with the language to give it a political meaning and polarisation they didn’t consider the full consequences which has been to present them with the current dichotomy of their relationship with Islam.

      The left likes to operate by a rigid coded tick box hierarchy. Unfortunately life isn’t like that.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Gay ‘marriage’ and !$lam.

    A plague on both their houses.

  • judyk113

    That’ll be the same Sadiq Khan who stood on a platform in the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood controlled Finsbury Park Mosque alongside such anti-British Islamist radicals as Dr Daoud Abdullah,praises the extremist-friendly FOSIS for its work, and attended a dinner in aid of a charity supporting designated terrorist organisations.

    Obviously a man of principle, and not at all a two faced politician adept at cynically courting a group of terror supporting homophobes to garner pro-Islamist Muslim votes, whilst elsewhere making noble declarations of support for gay marriage in order to secure his standing in the Labour Shadow Cabinet.

  • AY

    the reason why this descendant of Gengis Khan supports gay marriage is transparent – he is advocating it FOR US DIRTY KUFFAR. his hopes are in further moral degradation of non-muslims, decreasing birth rate, and lesser protection for white females. he is mistaken, – socially, this gay issue is absolutely marginal. but it has symbolic meaning, keeping communities apart.

    the only way I would trust Sidiq Khan (and Shiraz Maher BTW) – that is if they declare apostasy from islam, – and that means denouncing sharia, of any grade and variety. otherwise I am awfully sorry they only smuggle more islam under disguise of “fighting extremists”. there can’t be “moderate” call to murder and enslavement.

  • Daniel Maris

    “Timms survived, but the point was made.”

    Once again Shiraz you demonstrate a very peculiar turn of phrase in your writing, to the extent that you will at times make people wonder what point it is you are making. It’s unusual to talk about a stabbing “making a point”, which is supposed to be an exercise in reason.

    But then, those who advance Sharia believe that it is the very acme of reason, don’t they? So, I suppose you too have a point.

  • HooksLaw

    Will the Tayabb Kebab House still support him thats the question. Or will they ask for their 5k donation back.

  • DrCrackles

    Mr Khan is an excuse of an MP in a house that is an excuse of a parliament.

    Maybe we should all threaten the MPs or imprison them or send selected individuals to the scaffold for treachery.

    As for the muslims, well why did we expect them to behave any differently? We knew what they were like didn’t we?

  • Hugh

    The inability to distinguish between forthright disagreement and menacing threat in the post is almost as worrying:

    “Some people hold up these [Muslim] MPs as examples for young Muslims to follow. Yet nothing could be further from the truth’” is not actually a statement that should attract any particular concern at all.

    “‘[It’s] time to account these apostate MP’s, they changed something that
    Allah made Haram [forbidden] to Halal [allowed] by voting for gay
    marriages’” is.

    While there’s so little clarity of thought about what is and isn’t acceptable discourse it’s fairly difficult to crack down on genuinely “extremism”.

  • kyalami

    The joys of a multi-cultural society.

  • HooksLaw

    I am sure that labour party activists and MPs and councillors from all over the country will defend him publicly and say plainly to Muslims all over Britain that their opinions are wrong and should be withdrawn.
    I look forward to all these defences being published on labour suppoorting blogs as well as on official labour websites. And of course a plain talking statement from Miliband.

  • steakfrites

    Finally, some coverage of the extremist Muslim reactions to the gay marriage bill; nice change from everyone endlessly poring over the CoE’s and Tories’ troubles. I do not at all like Sadiq Khan, but hardly want him dead. He should be one of Britain’s prominent moderate Muslims reading the charge to eradicate extremism; maybe now – with threats to his life – he will begin to do so.

    Or, just hire police protection and carry on as usual.

    • Roger Hudson

      One doesn’t ‘hire’ police protection. The bill we the taxpayers paid for Salman Rushdie was huge, it would be cheaper to detain the inciters and get tough with the religious nutters.
      I’m personally against extending civil partnerships by calling it marriage but our parliamentarians , and anyone else , must be free to express their views but never act violently or incite others.
      Soon the phrase ‘ my dear, he’s not the marrying kind’ will be a thing of the past, we just have to live with it.
      I want a ‘deport extremists’ Act a.s.a.p. and screw the ‘rights lawyers’, what about the rights of decent people.

  • Ron Todd

    All the lefties should explain why they support the relegion of peace and the culture that comes with it.

    • Daniel Maris

      Before the Lefties explain it, David Cameron and co should explain why they go round pretending Sharia promotion is of no threat to the non-Sharia community, given all the empirical evidence that it is.

  • Russell

    I don’t think Islam supports thieving. Khan was one of the many fiddling MP’s (who were basically taking taxpayers money under false pretenses), so another reason for him to watch where he goes in his constituency.

  • Curnonsky

    Now is the time for recent convert to Islam George Galloway – self-described crusader for gay rights – to appear before his local imam and clarify his position on gay marriage.

    • Austin Barry

      George has just emailed me to explain his position:

      “You, sir, cannot be expected to understand that gay marriage, unlike Allah’s ordination of first cousin marriage with its attendant difficulties of cretinism and other birth defects, is an abomination mandated by the peoples’ traitor Cameron and his fellow travellers. Sodomy and gay marriage may be Eton’s contribution to civilisation but such marriage cannot be allowed to stand unless the participants are on the very edge of a high cliff. Insha’Allah. Vote Respect.”

      Thank you, George.

      • Daniel Maris

        George – what can one say? – except PBUH. And I don’t mean peace…although with his theatrical “Scorts” pronunciation what I do mean may indeed sound like peace should he say it.

      • telemachus

        Did George really email you?
        I am impressed
        No doubt you also share his views on women

        • telemachus

          “Wherever there is a brutal dictator in the Arab world, Galloway will be supporting him,”
          Cameron on Galloway

      • Hexhamgeezer


        It is incumbent upon you to celebrate the rich diversity of defects and health problems a thousand years of 1st cousin marriage can bestow upon us.

  • UlyssesReturns

    Well, you reap what you sow. It would take a heart of stone to not laugh out loud.. Odious little man who has always tried to play both sides and now must face the consequences.

    • Socrates

      Laughing at death threats. Tasteful.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    Well, when I get a chance, I’ll sit down and have a good cry for these poor politicians.

  • Mycroft

    I had known that apostates could be killed, but not that some imam could declare someone else an apostate, and so pass sentence of death on him!

    • HooksLaw

      I too wonder if they can. Also given all the different sects (not unakin to the invented church that Ian Paisley ran) just what true religious authority do these imams have?

      • chan chan

        They don’t have any formal religious authority. You could set yourself up tomorrow as an imam, provided people believed you. No qualifications of any sort needed.

      • FrenchNewsonlin

        That indeed (the basis of their religious authority) is one of the more profound aspects of the problem the West has to deal with in caging the Islamic tiger.

      • Ron Todd

        Are not all churches and all religions invented?

  • Jebediah

    Yay, what joy Muslim immigration has brought to Britain.

    • telemachus

      You forget the approbation visited on their charges by RC priests for the heinous crime of contraception or aids prevention

      The enforcement of economically non viable families in already poverty stricken families

      But then that was another immigrant-Augustine

      • Owen_Morgan

        That is just what-about-ism. You’re avoiding the point. When Augustine got here, “England” was nothing more than an optimistic concept in the mind of the Angles. Things have moved on in the world a bit since then, except among the muslim fraternity.

    • Austin Barry

      Don’t forget infibulation, clitoridectomy, honour killings, misogyny, Muslim patrols, grooming, halal slaughter, Jihad Seekers’ Allowance, cousin marriage and cretinism, homophobia etc. etc.

      Couldn’t we have opted for massive Buddhist immigration, a true religion of peace, instead of this intolerant death cult which wishes us dead?

  • James Strong

    Yet more evidence of the true nature of the Religion of Peace.
    I don’t much like Sadiq Khan but we should praise people who were born muslims who now don’t behave and vote as the desert death cult would like.
    And we should make sure that the comments and demands made by the true adherents of the RoP are widely publicised.
    This can be done with minimum commentary, simply ‘This is what (name of group or preacher) said…’
    Show our nation what the RoP is really about.

    • Tim Reed

      I agree, James. Making their views more widely heard is important.

      Unfortunately, someone who does this openly and repeatedly is likely to receive some very rough treatment from the establishment, with the very distinct possibilty of being investigated for ‘Islamophobia’.

      Geert Wilders’ film ‘Fitna’ consisted almost entirely of the disgusting, illiberal rantings of many Islamic Imams. Rather than condemn the Imams for their repulsive views, the establishment of the Netherlands decided to put Mr. Wilders on trial. One of the Imams quoted in the film, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, was given the red carpet treatment on a visit to London at the behest of Mayor Livingstone and with the agreement of the Labour government. The same Labour government banned Geert Wilders from entering the UK, declaring him an “undesirable person”.

      So – Geert Wilders can be banned from our country for quoting Yusuf al-Qaradawi, but Mr. al-Qaradawi himself is a perfectly welcome visitor.

      Things are tough for those that dare to speak out in this particular field, in a number of ways. I wonder if Sadiq Khan has any sympathy for the treatment dished out to Geert Wilders, who must live under 24 hour protection from bodyguards merely for exercising his right to free speech. Others are no longer here to testify to their experience of fear and intimidation. The threats of violence became real and deadly.

      • Hexhamgeezer

        In fact !$lamic extremists quite liked Fitna as it quoted many K0ranic passages and featured martyrs in action. There were no complaints from that direction.

  • Reconstruct

    Is there no law against incitement? Or just no enforcement of that law?