The New Spanish Inquisition And The Case Of Imran Firasat

By: Aeneas Lavinium
ICLA

Spanish Inquisition: Illustration of the Auto da fe held at Validolid,
Spain on 21 May 1559.

The Spanish language publication El País reports (1) that the Spanish Government has effectively threatened to withdraw refugee status from Imran Firasat. They do this for their own twisted political reasons.

For those who are unfamiliar with his case Imran runs a website called Mundo sin Islam (World without Islam). He is an apostate from Islam and has produced a film called The Innocent Prophet. Ordinarily this would not be a problem but the prophet in question happens to be the Islamic Prophet Mohammed. The actions of Western politicians give the impression that Mohammed is entitled to greater reverence and superior protection than other Prophets.

In the Orwellian pro-sharia Europe some prophets are obviously more equal than others. Questioning minds have to give Mohammed a wide berth. This is sharia law and it is being applied in Western Europe against the interests and the wishes of the European public. Europe is moving back to restrictions on thought and expression that most people thought that we had permanently left behind during the Spanish Inquisition!

Of course it was the imminent publication of The Innocent Prophet on 14 December that sparked the draconian and shariaesque attitude of the Spanish Government. If he had made a film about Moses, Christ, or Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha there would be not problem. There would certainly not be a threat of deportation to Pakistan – an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member state well know for tolerating religious persecution within its borders.

One might speculate the degree to which the OIC itself has influenced this decision. It obviously has great influence over Western governments who put its interests before the interests of their own people. The OIC effectively wants the religious laws of Pakistan imposed on the whole world. Western government are apparently going along with this agenda. As we reported yesterday the third round of the OIC’s Istanbul Process recently took place in London. Western governments are increasingly supporting sharia both at home and abroad.

The action of the Spanish state follows the state of Belgium increasing its security threat level specifically due to the imminent release of this film. (2) It seems clear that the pro-sharia EU old boy network has been busy creating a mechanism to create as much alarm and distress to Mr Firasat as possible rather than standing up to the hecklers veto.

In Pakistan, the country to which the Spanish Government wants to deport Mr Firasat, attitudes regarding blasphemy against Islam and apostasy from it are of a kind that were prevalent in Europe during the Middle Ages. Imran Firasa is an apostate from Islam – a capital crime under sharia law. If they send him to Pakistan then the Spanish government are effectively condemning him to death. This is completely unacceptable and the Spanish Government should be ashamed of itself.

The case of Imran Firasat is significant – it highlights the erosion of a least two essential prerequisites of any free society. These are the right to freedom of expression and the right to equality before the law. Both of these have been seriously undermined by the Spanish Government’s decision to threaten to strip Imran Firasat of his refugee status.

We must remember that only a short while ago the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Abu Qatada could not be deported from Britain to Jordan. This was because it was felt that some of the evidence against him might have been obtained using torture. (3) The extradition was halted even though the crimes that Mr Qatada was alleged to have committed were far more serious than the mere making of a video.

The Spanish Government are effectively threatening the life of Mr Firasat. They are no better than inquisitors such as Tomás de Torquemada who roamed around Spain in a previous age leaving terror in his wake. The spiteful threat against Mr Firasat is part of a new Europe-wide inquisition that is being carried out against sharia opponents and other dissidents opposed to EU and religious tyranny. Europe is clearly no longer a continent where freedom is cherished.

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(1) Spanish Government Tries to Remove Refugee Status From Maker of Anti-Islam Film (which refers to El País)
(2) Imminent Release of Anti-Islam Film Causes Terrorism Alert Level to be Raised in Belgium (which refers to 7sur7.be)
(3) Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan, European judges rule



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