Is Hatred of Islam the UK Home Secretary’s Religion?

8002895469_d47272e396_cIslamophobia appears to have become the religion of British Home Secretary Theresa May, who follows the US’ racist lead in its war on Islam, referred to in the invented vernacular as the “war on terror.” Mrs. May is obsessed with Mr. Abu Qatada principally because he worships at a mosque instead of an Anglican Church, yet the religion she claims to practice is Christianity, which teaches, among other virtues: love, forgiveness and reform.

Consider the following two “criminals”:

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Abu Qatada

Let us assume for a moment that Abu Qatada has committed crimes in Jordan, though much evidence suggests otherwise. Mr. Qatada has committed no crime in the United Kingdom. So, even if he was a criminal abroad, he fits the Christian example of a reformed character and, providing he continues to live lawfully, should be forgiven. What appears to irritate Mrs. May as much as anything is that Mr. Qatada has called for the release of Muslims held in United States prisons and Guantanamo Bay, which gets him labeled a preacher of hatred. Most of the prisoners for whom he advocates have been held for 11 years without charge, never mind without trial. I too, together with many others in the UK, have called for the release of these prisoners. So why have I not been arrested? I would suggest that what makes my case different is that I am a white Christian and consequently fall outside of Mrs. May’s racist profile.

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Abu Qatada is a family man. His family has been subjected to racist abuse from right-wing extremists, but his children are model pupils, and his family is respected elsewhere. When they were abused, due largely to a media campaign against Qatada, no authorities intervened to protect them. The family suffered silently for a long time before getting an injunction to stop the abuse. All this has resulted from slanderous accusations made in support of the war on Islam by previous governments and, more recently and fervently, by Theresa May in pushing forward her fixation to send Abu Qatada to Jordan to face trial. Jordan is reputed for torture, and Mr. Qatada belonged to an opposition party before the present dictatorship; he also has no great excess of money.

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Now if Qatada were as wealthy as a United Arab Emirates’ oil-sheikh, the racism against him would probably be kept in check. The nipple through which money flows is the one at which the authorities suck, and while the cash keeps flowing in, it matters little whether the breast is black, brown or white. Thus criminal oligarchs from Russia, former Soviet states and elsewhere, may bring their filthy lucre to the UK and get it washed free from stains at the laundry of the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. The world’s mafia can afford to buy off accusations of wrongdoing, and Mrs. May, being married to a banker, can only empathize. The divide is not about rich and poor, so much as the gaping crevice between a white alleged criminal settler such as Shaun Patrick Breach and a Palestinian like Abu Qatada — who is derogatorily called a radical Islamic cleric. It is also about how differently the Home Secretary and her authorities treat each man.

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Shaun Patrick Breach

It is hard not to go looking in the Dictionary of Abusive Slang to find a fitting epithet to describe Shaun Patrick Breach with any degree of accuracy. Before coming to the UK from South Africa, Breach had allegedly been a mercenary for the notorious Executive Outcomes, though this is denied by the former controllers of this corporation. Before its demise, Executive Outcomes had at its helm right-wing fixers like Tony Buckingham, Simon Mann and Tim Spicer, whose former antics in Africa and, in the case of Buckingham and Spicer, current ones in oil-rich countries destabilized by NATO, were sketched in a recent article. Breach is different altogether. While most of the top men have kept their nefarious activities under cover, Breach seems to wallow in his crimes, and he appears to be, or thinks himself as being, untouchable.

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Shaun Patrick Breach is an alleged serial wife-beater. He has been accused of trying to knife journalist Simon Tomlin, who was and might still be investigating his activities. Despite repeated requests, and despite the attack on Tomlin being monitored by CCTV cameras, the Nottinghamshire police has refused to stop and search Breach for weapons. He appears to be able to commit crimes with impunity, provoking the question: why? What information does Breach hold to render him above the law? He lives in Nottingham, a place that some might describe as England’s equivalent to the Chicago of the 1930s. Nottingham is reputed to be a gangster-ridden, drug-running, gun-toting place, with some of the police allegedly being in cahoots with the gangsters. What is even more astounding is that many of the locals seem to know who the bent coppers are.

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Despite being arrested in the UK more than 40 times for crimes ranging from witness intimidation to death-threats — including racist attacks — Breach has usually been released without charge and never been imprisoned. Simon Tomlin believes that Breach has been protected by the police and security services as a useful asset. This could be right, since no mainstream journalist has covered this story of police cover up, and if Shaun Patrick Breach is an asset, the mainstream media would not be allowed to go public with this information. Thus Simon Tomlin seems to be taking on Nottinghamshire police almost single handedly, and recordings suggest that Tomlin’s account of Breach’s psychotic knife attack is correct. So what is an alleged South African criminal with British Nationalist Party leanings doing in the UK, given Theresa May’s policy of returning suspected criminals to their homelands, or to countries where they are wanted for allegedly breaking the law?

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One cannot help but conclude that Theresa May is racist. She has targeted Abu Qatada, who has committed no crime in the UK, but not Shaun Patrick Breach, who has probably committed many. Breach was protected by the law and police, whereas Qatada and his family were not. There is no evidence that Qatada has been anything but a good family man; by contrast, Breach has been accused of beating all three wives he has had, and other women too. Why doesn’t the Home Secretary do Breach’s current wife a favor and send the self-acclaimed mercenary back to South Africa, and stop picking on Qatada? Of course the above interpretation of what has been seen and read could be wrong. If so, perhaps Mrs. May could explain how these allegations are false.

Editor’s Note: All photographs by UK Home Office.

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10 Responses to Is Hatred of Islam the UK Home Secretary’s Religion?

  1. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Hunt
    May 4, 2013 at 4:38 am

    It isn’t a phobia when they really are trying to kill you! Oh by the way, which race is Islam?

    • John Goss
      +5 Vote -1 Vote +1John Goss
      May 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Who is it trying to kill you, Mike Hunt? Islam is a religion practised in many different countries. Theresa May appears to be racist against all countries where Islam is practised.

      • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Hunt
        May 5, 2013 at 5:15 am

        Oh let’s see now. 9/11 bombers, 7/7 bombers, madrid bombers, the latest pair at that marathon in America. These are but a few atrocities committed by muslims in the name of their ‘religion’. Added to these there have been numerous failed or foiled muslim terror plots.

        As for your ludicrous assertion that Teresa May is racist in all countries where there are muslims, what about Saudi Arabia? Dubai? Bahrain? Benghazi? Iraq? Afghanistan? I’m sure there are lots more where Teresa May isn’t ‘racist’ against muslims. How many countries where islam is practiced do you suppose there is real racism toward non-muslims John? Every time somebody makes a stupid film or draws a picture they’re out on the streets murdering, smashing the place up and flag burning.

        Them poor muslims. They do nothing to deserve their reputation and the dislike they get do they? Poor innocent muslims, such a peaceful, misunderstood bunch of people who are always the victims and never to blame are they? It’s always somebody else’s fault isn’t it John? I bet it’s them pesky Jews eh?

        • John Goss
          +4 Vote -1 Vote +1John Goss
          May 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          Mike Hunt, you clearly did not read the article, which is about how a white criminal from South Africa who beats up women, and attacks a journalist with a knife, can walk the streets freely, while the Home Secretary and the media have constantly denigrated Abu Qatada and turned him into a hate figure, despite him not having committed a crime in this country, and probably not elsewhere. Can you understand? Or are you going to digress again? If people commit crimes, be they attacks on the world trade centre, or attacks on women and journalists, they should face justice. However, I do not naturally assume that all crimes are committed by Muslims, though there are criminals in all religions, and from all races.

  2. Dady Chery
    +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Dady Chery
    May 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    The UK Home Secretary is playing a dangerous game in inciting hatred against a minority from a position of power. This is usually how pogroms start. It is extremely important to expose such practices. Thank you for your article, John.

  3. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Rose
    May 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Mr Goss: Interesting article. May I also add that she is stopping non-EU citizens from coming to the UK if they are married to a British citizen and do not have savings of £62000. How can a youngster have such an amount saved? She has been kind enough to give a bit of leeway saying that if the British citizen does not hold such savings, then they should be earning £1200 after tax for 6 months before they can actually sponsor their partner and, for your information, the whole process can take up to a year whilst the partner has to wait in his/her home country. So Teresa May is tearing families apart. Nothing is being done about this issue even though the Human Rights Act, right to family life is being breached! Teresa May says that by putting such restrictions, she is making sure that the non-EU citizen does not exercise tax payers’ money which is all well and good but the non EU citizens are not allowed to exercise the public funds anyways, so what is she talking about? So far nothing is being done about this and we can only hope that this legislation will change, but it just seems unfair that an EU citizen is given priority over a British citizen. I myself got married abroad and decided to stay there until the political situation got so bad that I have feared for my live each day. There are bomb blasts almost every day, and I desperately want to come back but I cannot, because I cannot bear to stay apart from my husband for a year. May I also add that my husband is a doctor in the forces — currently becoming a Medical Surgeon — and hardly someone who will sit at home on dole money. I myself left a well-paid job as a Civil Servant in the UK and have been working hard since I was 16 years of age, never taking a day off from work, paying my taxes and this is how Ms May treats us? My only sin is that I got married to a non-EU citizen.

    • John Goss
      +1 Vote -1 Vote +1John Goss
      May 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Rose, my heart goes out to you and your husband. It really is deplorable that our government has gone from being one of the most respected in terms of human rights, to one of the most backward, playing on xenophobic and other basic primeval trigger responses from those incapable of seeing the big picture. I hope things work out for you. Like you say, our Home Secretary, has no concerns that her government policies are breaking up families.

  4. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Geoff
    May 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    There is no such thing as Islamaphobia. Muslims don’t get on with each other. Sunni, Shia and Shi’Ite are faction fighting around the world, and now in the Uk too. There are many versions of the Qur’an (between 12 and 20) so please refer to a particular version before commenting so that way we can, at least, begin to understand.

    I’m sorry that you are unhappy it makes me sad.

  5. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1zainahameda
    May 8, 2013 at 12:29 am

    for ur kind information like bible qur’an doesn’t have different or many version. if u take any qur’an they’re all the same.but u should know how to read and understand it first.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1d.h.hermansson
      May 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Zainahameda is wrong regarding Christian Scripture. There are literally hundreds of variant texts. Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox cannot even agree as to how many books should be included. This would be roughly the equal of removing a dozen of the Quran’s 114 chapter. Modern translations attempt to apply modern analytic tools to ancient texts in a quest for accuracy, whilst, quite strangely, some Fundamentalist Protestants hold up the English Authorized text of 1611 (also known as the King James Version) as having been directly divinely inspired.

      As to the Quaran, I was taught at University that there is only one version, which has had vowel pointing applied in several ways. The pointing does not affect meaning, so Zainahameda is correct in insisting that there is only one version.