The British government acted more like an Islamic State when it barred foreign journalists Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone from its shores, a Christian lobby group has claimed.
In a frank assessment on the recent decision to prevent Southern and Pettibone from entering the UK and detaining the Canadian journalist for six hours under the 2000 Terrorism Act, Christian Concern said there was growing evidence that as Islam increases its influence in society authorities were clamping down on any criticism of the faith.
Tim Dieppe, director of Islamic Affairs at Christian Concern, slammed letters handed to the political activists by UK border officials which maintained that their views represented a threat to the “fundamental interests of society and to the public policy of the United Kingdom.” Dieppe claimed it was “very concerning” that any denunciation of Allah or the Islamification of Britain was being met in such a way.
“It appears then, that UK authorities now consider criticism of Allah as a threat to the interests of our society. You could almost think we are an Islamic state,” he states in an article entitled ‘Banning critics of Islam’.
Only last year the BBC filed an urgent complaint to the UN about Iran – which has been an Islamic Republic since 1979 – over concerns that its Iranian-based journalists were being harassed and persecuted due to their affiliation with Britain’s public service broadcaster.
Dieppe went on: “I am quite sure that I would disagree with much that these people have said and done, but I want to support freedom of speech, even for those I disagree with. There is no question of threats of violence being made, let alone terrorism, in any of these cases.
“It is very concerning that criticism of Allah or being anti-Islamisation are cited as reasons why a person’s values are a threat to the interests of our society. It looks like the government has become protective of Islam to an extraordinary extent.
“At the same time, I don’t remember anyone being barred from entry for criticising Jesus or being anti-Christian. This is a sign of the increased influence of Islam in our society. Authorities are now inhibiting criticism of Islam.”
His comments come just days before a host of anti-Islam figures, including Tommy Robinson, Milo, Raheem Kassam, For Britain’s Anne Marie Waters and UKIP’s Gerard Batten, march on Whitehall on Sunday under the banner of freedom of speech. It follows a number of high-profile people such as Robinson recently being censored across social media.
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