Various readers have been asking if I am doing Question Time, This Week or Any Questions this week. It’s not the BBC’s fault but I’m not able to be in the country at the moment. I am particularly sorry not to be able to do Question Time now that I learn that the line-up includes Mehdi Hasan and Anna Soubry.
So could someone else on the panel or in the audience please point out that Mehdi Hasan has expressed similar contempt for us infidels as Isis have? Here is a reminder of a sermon he gave in 2009:
‘The kuffar, the disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the Koran; they are described in the Koran as “a people of no intelligence”, Allah describes them as not of no morality, not as people of no belief – people of “no intelligence” – because they’re incapable of the intellectual effort it requires to shake off those blind prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about this world, about the existence of God. In this respect, the Koran describes the atheists as “cattle”, as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world.’
Or will someone point out that he is employed by an un-democratic regime which is accused of being one of the principle creators of Isis? I expect Mehdi to spend some considerable time erroneously blaming the West for Isis. Will he spend any time blaming his Qatari bosses?
Sadly anyone hoping for any sense from the Conservative party’s representative tonight is likely to have their hopes dashed. Anna Soubry has consistently been the most pro-mass migration person on the Conservative frontbench and one of the weakest people in the party at understanding the ideology, causes or existence of Islamic extremism. Other guests include Andy Burnham and Max Hastings.