Tuesday, April 17, 2012

George Galloway abandons God/Allah to take his seat in Parliament

On watching George Galloway being sworn into Parliament yesterday, His Grace wasn't alone in wondering why the new Honourable Member for Bradford West opted to make a solemn affirmation rather than take the Oath of Allegiance. After all, both demand fealty to the Queen, her heirs and successors: the only difference being the invocation of the Divine in doing so. Of course, adherents to some religions (namely Quakers, Mennonites and Jehovah's Witneses) do not swear oaths. But there is no theological objection or transgression of conscience for the Roman Catholic / 'proper Muslim' Mr Galloway. And after all his professions of God and exhortations to Allah during his by-election campaign and victory, one might have expected to hear:
I, George Galloway, swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.
Instead, now that God has served his useful campaigning purpose, Mr Galloway no longer needs His help, and so we get:
I, George Galloway, do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.
His Grace wondered why a devout man of God, who desires to see more 'proper Muslims' in Parliament, would be ashamed to manifest his faith at the point of consummation. Mr Galloway told us during his campaign: ‘God KNOWS who is a Muslim and he KNOWS who is not’. And he went on to list his Islamic virtues: ‘I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have... I, George Galloway have fought for Muslims at home and abroad, all of my life... I, George Galloway, tell the truth... I, George Galloway, hold Pakistan’s highest civil awards... I, George Galloway, came to the side of the people of Palestine in their agony...’. He also referred to 'the Grace of God' and said 'if God wills it' he will give his remaining days in service of all the people of Bradford West.

Well, God clearly willed it. And now He is dumped.

Surely the decision to affirm had nothing to do with having to choose between a copy of the New Testament and the Qur'an, did it? ‘God KNOWS who is a Muslim and he KNOWS who is not’, George. And Allah would have been perfectly happy for you to have sworn on the New Testament: we're all 'People of the Book', after all.


Blogger martin sewell said...

Your Grace, the clue is in the oath - "Sincerely "

17 April 2012 at 09:11  
Blogger Phil Taylor said...

Sadly this is very unsurprising. Galloway is just a standard politician, lying his way into office and then abandoning the electorate for self preservation

17 April 2012 at 09:18  
Blogger Kinderling said...

Mr Galloway (pbutws) is no fool. Islam does not recognize the non-believer's world; so to swear to Allah to protect the Royal Family would prevent a Califate being created in the UK; and therefore would be haram. Far better then to perform taqiyya and lie to kuffar than to Allah.

17 April 2012 at 10:23  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

heh heh “There are many ways to get what you want. I use the best. I use the rest”

17 April 2012 at 10:46  
Blogger bluedog said...

It is a reasonable assumption, Your Grace, that the first Ukip MP in the House of Commons will indulge in none of this legerdemain.

Looking straight ahead with a firm gaze, we can confidently expect the first Ukip member to swear on the New Testament. There will be no ambiguity or emphasis on 'Succesors' either. The 'Heirs' will do, without equivocation.

17 April 2012 at 11:11  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Boring. Where is Integrity?

Or even 'United Kingdom Integrity Party'?

17 April 2012 at 11:32  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

George Galloway abandons God/Allah to take his seat in Parliament.

It could be argued that all MP's abandon God/Allah by taking a seat in parliament, hand on book or not.

They most certainly abandon any necessary connection to honesty, honor, prudence, diligence, dignity, respect, natural empathy, and most of all truth.

This in many cases well before they submit themselves to any kind of ballot, as is most clearly the case with people like Galloway, but they all sell themselves to a particular part of The Machine in the end, whether they remember doing the deal, or personally saw any of the cash, or not.

17 April 2012 at 12:05  
Blogger The Way of Fais Dodo the Dude said...

An interesting and insightful observation. I'm sure it was not lost on the Muslim world.

17 April 2012 at 12:40  
Blogger Jocelyn Knockersbury said...

An election campaign based upon lies: that is every election campaign. Call me a cynic.

17 April 2012 at 15:45  
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17 April 2012 at 15:45  
Blogger Happy Propagandist said...

He has 'allegedly' made speeches about his political goals in Britain before like this one:


I don't know if it's real though

17 April 2012 at 18:24  
Blogger len said...

Mr Galloway`s 'god'(the' god 'of this World) is apparently with him.
And has taught him all the tricks of his dubious trade.

17 April 2012 at 21:16  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

To happy propagandist 18:24

He contradicts himself in that radio clip, first by saying he has no nationality then goes on to say that it is that of the Islamic republican flag.
He then says he has far more in common with muslims who think like him who live lives like him.
Ha! I dont think I see many muslims willing to humiliate themselves imitating a cat on live TV or thinking like him.

So does this mean he wants sharia law for the UK?

He's either playing a dangerous game of the ultimate attention seeking sort, or he's cleverer than we all credit him to be? I think it's the former.

17 April 2012 at 22:08  
Blogger bluedog said...

Marie1797 @ 22.09, it's a dangerous game with a particular immitator, Ken Livingston. And what if Ken beats Boris? Will that launch the careers of a 1000 other opportunists who think they can harness the Muslim vote to their own ends?

17 April 2012 at 22:19  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

Perhaps they could not find a Catholic Bible, with the full Canon of the Old Testament?

17 April 2012 at 22:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Inspector General suspects we have all met ‘George Galloways’ in our time. Often at a second hand car lot. Muslims beware, your kaffir is not what he seems...

17 April 2012 at 23:24  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Bluedog, I've no doubt there will be copy cats who are inspired by George whether Ken wins or not , but of course even more so if he does.

18 April 2012 at 00:46  
Blogger Death Bredon said...

Your Grace,

Might I be so bold as to suggest that the repeal of the Test Act has proven to be a monumental failure and that it is high time to reinstate it?

18 April 2012 at 12:02  
Blogger The Way of Fais Dodo the Dude said...

Death Bredon

Reinstate the Test Acts! Do me a favour, you numpty!

18 April 2012 at 12:17  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Lord Peter Wimsey would have more sense tha want the Test Acts re-introduced.
As to Galloway, he just a (very amusing) lying politician...
An Arse upon which everything has sat, except a Man, as someone (Pope?) said.

18 April 2012 at 14:31  
Blogger Oswin said...

Nice one Greg! I think it might be from E.E.Cummings; but Pope probably intimated something similar.

18 April 2012 at 15:03  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Your Grace,

I thought I had seen a young, future and legend of a Prime Minister sitting on the green benches- by the Gods Michael Gove looks young- and he still has a full crop of hair!

19 April 2012 at 22:32  

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