British Home Secretary recently announced that people who view “jihadi websites” could face up to fifteen years in prison. But she didn’t stop there. Rudd said: “I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law. There is currently a gap in the law around material [that] is viewed or streamed from the internet without being permanently downloaded.”
“Far-right propaganda.” What does she mean by that? The answer to that question is, unfortunately, quite clear.
British authorities like to pretend that there is equal terror threat coming from both jihadis and “far-right extremists.” That leads to a diversion of resources that could be used to fight jihadis, and the persecution of innocent people, such as the politician Paul Weston, who was arrested for publicly reading Winston Churchill’s remarks about Islam.
The really insidious aspect of this, however, is that for years, Leftist and Islamic supremacist spokesmen have been claiming that any opposition to jihad terror that involved honest discussion of its motivating ideology was “far-right propaganda.” In light of that, what Amber Rudd is essentially saying here is that if you read jihadi websites or counter-jihad websites, you could face fifteen years in prison.
For years British authorities have been harassing and persecuting British citizens who have called attention to the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. Nor do they want to hear about it from foreigners, either: Pamela Geller is banned from entering Britain for correctly noting that al-Qaeda works from Islamic teachings, and that antisemitism is deeply embedded within Islam. I am banned from the country for correctly noting that Islam has doctrines calling for violence against non-Muslims.
Yet while standing strong and proud against foes of jihad terror, Britain has a steadily lengthening record of admitting jihad preachers without a moment of hesitation.
Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was banned from preaching in Pakistan, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain.
The UK Home Office recently admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.”
A Muslim preacher from South Africa who likened Jews to fleas had no problem getting into the country and even spoke in a government building.
Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted from entering the country.
400 Islamic State jihadis have returned to UK, only 54 have been prosecuted.
Amber Rudd’s threat of fifteen years prison for reading “far-right propaganda” on line is a warning to Britons that the British government’s ridiculous and suicidal policies of appeasement and accommodation of jihad preachers, and persecution of foes of jihad, is going to continue. The British government claims to want to fight against jihad terror, but it is most energetic in fighting against those who are actually fighting against jihad terror.
What will be the end result? Well, you get what you pay for. If Britain allows jihad preachers to operate freely in Britain, it will get more jihad. That will make Britain even more squalid, dirty and dangerous than it is today. Meanwhile, by stigmatizing and demonizing foes of jihad terror, and treating them as if they were criminals, British authorities, most notably Theresa May and Amber Rudd, are making sure that fewer and fewer of their people will dare to stand up to jihad, Sharia and Islamization.
The new conquerors of Britain will not thank these fools for all the favors they have done for them. On the contrary: they will be pitiless.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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