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.