Maajid Nawaz: enlightened liberalism swamped by a tide of intolerant Muslims
His Grace reported on this a few days ago: Petition to deselect LibDem candidate Maajid Nawaz for tweeting Jesus and Mo cartoon. He said then: "To be deselected by a political party and barred from standing for Parliament merely for articulating a religious opinion or supporting a particular theological doctrine is an offence to all that is reasonable, honourable and just," and readers and communicants were encouraged to sign the petition supporting Mr Nawaz.
On that day, the two petitions stood at 5,476 in favour of deslecting him, and only 1,150 supporting his right to a) not be offended by a cartoon; b) to say so; and c) to tweet so, with a link to the Jesus and Mo cartoon. Is Parliament really to be purged of those who hold or express religious views to which a few others may object?
Even after His Grace's appeal, which Richard Dawkins kindly re-tweeted to his 884,000 followers, the PETITION supporting Maajid Nawaz stands at just 5,348, and the petition calling for his deselection stands at 19,451.
Political petitions are trivial things, but, seriously, if this is the response of disparate and apathetic enlightened liberalism to the militant zealotry of humourless and intolerant Muslims, we are screwed.