Slander, Blasphemy & Censorship

A British Olympic Gymnastic Star Pays Dearly for Insulting Islam

There will be no criticism of Islamic practices -- especially not if you're joking around.

BY Bruce Cornibe · | November 2, 2016

A gymnast filming an offensive but silly video in his free time that mocks an Islamic prayer practice is worthy of suspension and public humiliation – even after expressing regret and apologizing? That’s the case for Britain’s Louis Smith who shot a video of Luke Carson (former teammate) sarcastically imitating a Muslim prayer ritual. The two were also allegedly drunk, while “at a friend’s wedding reception[.]” Smith has apologized since then (tweet below) and also went to two mosques on an ‘educational’ endeavor. Furthermore, in a Facebook post (part of post below) Smith apparently refers to Islam as a “religion of peace[,]” caving into the political correctness of the UK.

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However, those actions weren’t enough to appease the ‘Islamophobia’ police, who seem to be just about everywhere in the UK. Jane Allen, the Chief Executive Officer of British Gymnastics, wasn’t satisfied with the apologies, saying:

“It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly and refer this case to an independent Panel for their review and determination.

Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities.”

Smith has ended up being “ordered a two-month period of suspension.” Smith was even accused of racism.  Islam is a belief system, not part of someone’s genetic makeup.

In addition, Smith has had death threats because of the video. Some of the hostile messages Smith received included: “I want to kill you” as well as “death to your family” – revealing how some individuals who defend the image of Islam deal with those that insult the religion. This belligerence doesn’t seem so strange when one accounts for the fact Muhammad himself had people put to death that insulted him. For instance, Sahih Bukhari 1.4.241 shows how when Muhammad was mocked during his prayer time at Mecca the perpetrators ended up dead at Badr, stating:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud: Once the Prophet was offering prayers at the Ka’ba. Abu Jahl was sitting with some of his companions. One of them said to the others, “Who amongst you will bring the abdominal contents (intestines, etc.) of a camel of Bani so and so and put it on the back of Muhammad, when he prostrates?” The most unfortunate of them got up and brought it. He waited till the Prophet prostrated and then placed it on his back between his shoulders. I was watching but could not do any thing. I wish I had some people with me to hold out against them. They started laughing and falling on one another. Allah’s Apostle was in prostration and he did not lift his head up till Fatima (Prophet’s daughter) came and threw that (camel’s abdominal contents) away from his back. He raised his head and said thrice, “O Allah! Punish Quraish.” So it was hard for Abu Jahl and his companions when the Prophet invoked Allah against them as they had a conviction that the prayers and invocations were accepted in this city (Mecca). The Prophet said, “O Allah! Punish Abu Jahl, ‘Utba bin Rabi’a, Shaiba bin Rabi’a, Al-Walid bin ‘Utba, Umaiya bin Khalaf, and ‘Uqba bin Al Mu’it (and he mentioned the seventh whose name I cannot recall). By Allah in Whose Hands my life is, I saw the dead bodies of those persons who were counted by Allah’s Apostle in the Qalib (one of the wells) of Badr.

According to TheReligionofPeace.com, “the Sira records that Abu Jahl was killed as he ‘lay helpless’ (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 451) and Uqba was brutally executed by Muhammad in captivity for having put his foot on him while he was praying and draping him with camel entrails (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 458 and Ibn Kathir v.2 p.318)[.]” It is pretty clear from these passages as well as others that Muhammad encouraged violence against those that slighted him and his faith.

Muslim ultra-sensitivity toward offensive speech and behavior is influencing Western society as seen in the Louis Smith case – creating de-facto blasphemy laws. However, we are not seeing such societal pressures that protect against offensive conduct toward Christians and Jews. In fact, some celebrities in the West seem to make a living off of bashing the Christian religion. For example, the extremely provocative Marilyn Manson says and does stuff against Jesus and the Christian faith that makes Smith’s stunt look like child’s play – yet Manson is allowed to perform all over the world in spite of his outrageous behavior. Even Manson is aware of this double standard – ability to offend certain groups but not others. Supposedly, in reference to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack Manson expressed how “[i]t’s kind of a dumb idea” to ridicule a terror group. Evidently, making fun of Islam is too much of a risk even for Marilyn Manson. We must expose this hypocrisy and speak up before these de-facto Islamic blasphemy laws do any more damage to our Western freedoms.


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