Hierarchy Confirmed

Rather a lot of people were surprised by this article, which appeared over the weekend:

A Pakistani Christian woman’s appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told.

Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a group of Muslim women in June 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi’s 2010 conviction for “insulting the prophet Mohammed” last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

But her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life.  Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a video message saying he too fears for his family’s safety.

“I am requesting the Prime Minister of the UK help us and as far as possible grant us freedom,” he said.

But campaigners working to secure Bibi’s move abroad said the UK government had not offered her asylum, citing security concerns.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain was not one of them.

“I’ve been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.”

I don’t know why anyone’s surprised. For starters, the government is quite correct that moving Asia Bibi to the UK would almost certainly result in violent protests and heightened security risks. In fact, I’d be surprised if she’d last a week if she moved to the UK. This is because Britain contains an alarming number of Muslims who both threaten and practice violence if their theocratic demands are not met, many of whom are of Pakistani origin. What do you reckon would be the result of a poll among British Muslims over Bibi’s fate? Regardless of the moral stance of the British government, it’s practically not a good idea to allow Bibi to settle in the UK unless she fancies spending the rest of her life in protective custody.

The Home Office said it could not comment on individual cases.

Ah yes, of course. This is why they can’t answer any questions about returning jihadis and “child” refugees either. Let’s face it, this government and the preceding one has failed every single moral test it has had thrown at it. Whenever a case comes up which ought to be the most morally simple to answer the government has done the precise opposite. It’s tempting to suggest they have no principles, but one cannot operate with such consistency without them. Rather, their guiding principles seem to be drawn straight from university social studies departments which promote a hierarchy of protected classes atop which sit radical Muslims. Asia Bibi ought to be a cause célèbre among western feminists, but it doesn’t matter if you have three aces and two kings when your opponent has a royal flush. So they fall silent on the matter, and instead rail against middle class white men and campaign for new laws on upskirting.

The moral cowardice of the government in the face of violent Islam is consistent with their stance on the Salman Rushdie fatwa, and later the yes-butting over the Mohammed cartoons and the Charlie Hebdo massacre. All these should have been met with a firm response from western governments, and each time they were found wanting. It makes one wonder, not for the first time, what purpose the Conservative party serves, other than to keep a handful of people wallowing in gravy. It’s little wonder people are starting to think a Corbyn government mightn’t be so bad after all. True, he’d serve Asia Bibi’s head on a plate during a Hezbollah rally, but at least we’d know where he stood. It’s the cowardice that I can’t stand.

Hopefully Asia Bibi will be granted asylum in a country governed by people with courage who don’t allow foreign theocrats to dictate policy with threats of violence. Meanwhile, perhaps the British government could partly redeem itself by not hosing any more taxpayer cash at Pakistan. Some hope.

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19 thoughts on “Hierarchy Confirmed

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/09/tanveer-ahmed-jailed-for-murder-glasgow-shopkeeper-in-sectarian-attack

    This being evidence in favour of TimN’s views that the local Pakistani community has a large number of bigots. The government fails to police this group properly.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36732596

    This group should be punished for their views that lead to crimes. But instead, we’re going after idiots who burned a model Grenfell Tower.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/17/banned-pakistani-cleric-syed-qadri-preaching-in-britain

  2. “, citing security concerns.”

    You would have a lot more senior policemen wetting their pants locked into their cars.

    There’s a lot to be said for the tethered goat principle. Invite her in, watch who protests violently, and ship the fokkers out.

  3. When was the last time you saw a MSM outlet actually quote the Koran?
    To the outside observer it’s a nasty piece of work. Just one or two quote would show just how nasty.

  4. Its good, in that it makes the reality clear. Hopefully it causes the scales to fall off a few more eyes.

  5. This situation in unbelievable, and it needs highlighting again and again. Let’s bring it to a head.

    The left are very keen to extend the term “refugee” to absolutely anyone who can make it to the UK: able bodied sub-Saharan African men who have left impoverished women and children behind and are rushing lorries at Calais seem to make up the majority, along with any chancer from Asia who can say “Afghanistan”. But here we have a case which actually looks like a traditional, genuine, refugee. Someone in the same category as 18th Century Huguenots and German Jews in the 1930s, and our “government” fails the test. It will be interesting to see whether anything is said by the Home Office to confirm rumours, but what’s the betting that nothing at all will be said or done until such time that Asia Bibi is taken on by some braver nation.

    Truly, sickeningly, shaming.

  6. I’ve been lead to believe

    “led” No one knows how to spell anymore.

    As for Hopefully Asia Bibi will be granted asylum in a country governed by people with courage who don’t allow foreign theocrats to dictate policy with threats of violence, does such a place even exist anymore? China maybe…

  7. @”Hopefully Asia Bibi will be granted asylum in a country governed by people with courage who don’t allow foreign theocrats to dictate policy with threats of violence.”
    Like Poland or Hungary – a shame she probably speaks a lot more English than Polish or Hungarian

  8. @”I’d bring her here and trumpet the fact on tv every day, its time things came to a head.”
    Good idea, shoot to kill everyone who tries to kill her. It would really make the UK a better place.

  9. You are right about the moral cowardice of this and successive governments. Each time they behave like this they make me more sympathetic to Tommy Robinson and heaven forbid even the ‘Far Right’. The sad thing about this state of affairs is that they don’t seem to realise that they are driving more and more people towards the extremes of politics as we have nowhere else to go.

  10. Don’t worry, the very principled leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn is bound to take up such a worthy cause. I’m sure he’s preparing his 6 questions for the next PMQs to put May to shame by asking why we haven’t withdrawn our ambassador and stopped foreign aid to Pakistan.

  11. While I agree with the tenor of the discussion that the UK government has lost all moral authority and seems hell bent on turning the UK into an Islamic state with anyone that is not a Muslim into a third class citizen, I disagree that she should be given asylum here.

    I posted this at Longriders blog when he discussed the subject:

    No, we should NOT grant her asylum in the UK. She has no cultural or legal ties to the UK.

    India has a Christian community which as the country, region and people are far more like her and her family then that is the appropriate and natural country she should apply to for asylum.

    She will be unlikely to have the language ability or any worthwhile skills to contribute to her upkeep and will be a burden on the UK.

    Let her be with a similar community much nearer Pakistan.

    India is big enough and has a population “sea” of people, including 28 million Christians, that she can disappear into. Let the Christian Indians give her asylum and a home.

    I genuinely think that the UK is heading for civil war and when it kicks off, your uniform will be your skin colour. I urged my Hindu and Sikh friends in the UK to get out of the country for their own safety.

    The Government of the day (there is little difference between the Labour and Conservative branches except for the speed at which they are proceeding to destroy the country) has failed to keep a lid on the abuses (Muslim “grooming” which is another word for rape, taking the mickey regarding anyone with a pulse that makes it to the UK and claiming asylum, the crime rate etc. etc. ad infinitum) and there is, I believe, a simmering anger building. As they say about the weather “No warning, quick to pass, slow build, long last”.

    This has been building for a long time and when patience snaps, then it won’t be over until a severe housecleaning has taken place.

  12. India has a Christian community which as the country, region and people are far more like her and her family then that is the appropriate and natural country she should apply to for asylum.

    As I understand it, India’s Christians face a fair bit of violence themselves, so she might not be very safe there.

  13. @The original Mr. X – well, as pointed out here and elsewhere, she wouldn’t be very safe here either. So the UK can avoid the expense and problems by not granting her asylum unless and until it sorts out the Muslim overlords.

    At least in India, the Christians would be allowed to fight back. Here, not so much …

  14. “We can’t let Asia Bibi into the UK because of community relations” …sounds suspiciously like excuses.

    Does it not strike you as odd that they aren’t crying religion of peace like usual.

    “Someone will blow up our embassies” …is sounding far more like a REASON.

    Now, who is acting with total impunity to protect its interests and <a href="who is the message is aimed at.

  15. @PhilB: Britain may not be perfect, but at least we don’t have angry mobs going around organising pogroms of local Christians.

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