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Cranmer is more than aware of the importance of words. If one’s personal definition, no matter how pedantically correct, does not chime with the vernacular, it may mean death – professional if not physical. When any pressure group seeks to grasp an agenda by re-defining words, this results in a distortion which restricts public debate by producing a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought reveals itself as a jarring dissonance. It is virtually impossible to survive this.
Orange is, of course, entitled to fire any of its employees with just cause, but only Mr Wilson's contract will clarify whether or not he was barred from making political comment. But more importantly, this suspension is solely at the behest of a reactionary, self-appointed group which purports to speak on behalf of all British Muslims. A cursory glance at the MPAC website reveals not only a defence of Hezbollah, but a certain distaste for Jews. These odious and humourless Muslims have contrived charges of ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘racism’, and many of them seem determined to return the United Kingdom to an era where religious views, however extreme or offensive, may not be challenged, even satirically. This is a fundamental issue of freedom of speech.
But on these charges, firstly, Islam is not a race, so Mr Wilson’s comments cannot be racist. Secondly, the MPAC defines Islamophobia as ‘an irrational fear of Islam’. How then are we to define those who fear Islam for entirely rational reasons?