How bad have things gotten in Britain? This bad: a Muslim teenager named Muhammad Mughal has been sentenced in Britain to what the Telegraph & Argus calls a “12-month community order” for “mindless vandalism” of All Saints Church on Highfield Lane in Keighley last year. This is the same Britain in which, three years ago, a man named Kevin Crehan was sentenced to a year in prison for leaving a bacon sandwich outside a mosque, and died in prison halfway through his sentence under circumstances that British authorities have never deigned to explain. British officialdom continues to make its priorities abundantly clear.
The damage to All Saints Church, says the Telegraph & Argus, “included daubing graffiti on the walls, damaging doors, breaking windows and letting off fire extinguishers. A machete the intruders found in the church kitchen was used in course of the offence and found to have Mughal’s DNA on it.” Judge Jonathan Rose said that Mughal and his friends had perpetrated “inexplicable and appalling damage.”
Rose told Mughal: “You are at risk of going to custody.” At risk, but not actually going. “This court,” the judge continued, “takes an extremely dim view of those who desecrate a place of worship.” Yes, extremely dim, but not nearly as dim as British authorities’ view of something really serious, like leaving a bacon sandwich outside a mosque.
“Sentencing Mughal today,” the Telegraph & Argus continued, “Recorder Dafydd Enoch QC told him that some people mistakenly believed that churches were ‘fair game’ for this type of behaviour. ‘They are jolly well not. They are places of importance and sanctity,’ he said.”
That’s telling him, Dafydd! Why, he is certain never to vandalize a church again, after getting such a strongly-worded rebuke! British justice is swift, sure, and sweeping! Why, just ask Kevin Crehan how much mosques are “places of importance and sanctity” in Britain! Clearly churches aren’t as important as that, and why should they be? After all, who will be ruling Britain in a few decades – Muslims or Christians?
Perhaps it is with an awareness of their nation’s demographic future that the British government has long ago left behind any commitment to basic human decency. The Home Office some time ago banned Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern and Lutz Bachmann from entering, all for the crime of opposing jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and thereby made it clear that it is more authoritarian and unwilling to uphold the freedom of speech than ever – at least when it comes to criticism of Islam, Muslim rape gangs, and mass Muslim migration.
The bannings of Sellner, Pettibone, Southern, and Bachmann were just part of a long pattern. Pamela Geller and I were banned in 2013, apparently for life, also for the crime of telling the truth about Islam and jihad. Just days after Geller and I were banned, the British government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe. Al-Arefe has said: “Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight.”
And Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was banned from preaching in Pakistan, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain.
The UK Home Office also admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May’s relentlessly appeasement-minded government also admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One of them was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted from entering the country. The asylum application of a Christian family facing a death fatwa in Pakistan was three times rejected. But an ISIS bride was let back in and given a taxpayer-funded house, despite the fact that she has an ISIS flag on her Twitter account.
No terror charges for her, of course. This is the new, multicultural Britain, which wouldn’t dare offend an adherent of the Religion of Peace by bringing such charges. What could possibly go wrong?
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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