Legoland's homophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic "Family Fun Day"
By the Grace of Allah, on the back of our highly successful 1st Eid Fun Day at Chessington World of Adventures – we are launching our 2nd Family Fun Day at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort – with the hope that the two events will become the standard and annual fundays for decades to come, insha’Allah.It sounds like a blasphemous Monty Python satire, but this is the declaration on the website of the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, promoting a Muslim "Family Fun Day" at Legoland, Windsor. It is a cyber-minaret call to halal entertainment - "a true alternative in which like minded families can enjoy safe and enjoyable time while at the same time conducive to their faith".
While some people are clearly irked and object strongly to the concept of a "Muslim Day", His Grace would like to make it clear that he has absolutely no problem with it: the event is an out-of-season, legally-contracted private booking - the sort of commercial activity Legoland might enjoy with any group, enterprise or corporation.
But there has been a certain twisting of the story locally - specifically by the Windsor & Eton Express - which seems determined to present all the objections as a kind of Far-Right, hate-filled, Islamophobic, neo-Nazi protest against Muslims per se. The abuse received by Legoland on Facebook and Twitter is, apparently, being reported to the police.
Except that many of these objections are not aimed at Muslims, or even against the faith of Islam: they are legitimate expressions of outrage that the key face behind the Muslim Research and Development Foundation is the one Haitham al-Haddad, who is widely known for his - how shall His Grace put this? - "anti-Western" views. He makes no secret of the fact that he loathes liberal democracy, which he deems to be a "filthy" political system, and supports suicide bombing and other acts of terrorism as part of "defensive jihad and therefore a ‘commandment’ of Islam". He is what one may describe as a Palestinian "hate cleric", who is watched by the security services and has been barred from numerous British universities.
This lover of Lego wants sharia law adopted in the United Kingdom, presumably to ensure that this Lego-Mohammed blasphemy is punished severely (and THIS outrage even moreso). He lauds Osama bin Laden; supports female genital mutilation; wants music banned; demands gender segregation; and deplores “the scourge of homosexuality” which, he maintains, is a "criminal act”.
As one might expect, he believes Jews are the “enemies of God” and “descendants of apes and pigs” (which, of course, are comments "taken out of context" - you may decide for yourselves HERE).
The question is not why is Legoland content to promote a "Muslim Day" (which, incidentally, is open to people of all faiths and none): it is why is Legoland prepared to tarnish its reputation by associating with a known anti-gay, anti-Semitic, misogynistic hate-preacher. It may be a fun day out for the children, but how many of the girls are aware that this man wants to remove their clitoris for the glory of Allah?
Legoland insist that they welcome people of all faiths and of diverse beliefs: "We certainly do not discriminate in any way,” they told The Express. It seems to His Grace that, instead of protesting at the gates, the EDL ought to test this: they might try to hire the park for their own "fun day" of "patriotic celebration" (open, of course, to all those who do not share their nationalistic ideology).
Would Legoland care if Nick Griffin were behind a booking? Would they object to a group of Christians hiring the park if its members (say) opposed same-sex marriage? Or would the company's executives withhold the contract (or, indeed, cancel the event or "reconsider" its policy) on account of it breaching corporate diversity policy?