Emily Thornberry has been protesting outside the Dorchester Hotel in London against the Sultan of Brunei’s recent implementation of Shariah law, which states that homosexuals should be stoned to death, and that thieves should have their hands chopped off. Thornberry is the Shadow Secretary of State for the Labour Party in the UK, and the MP for Islington South and Finsbury.
The BBC reported that The Labour Party have urged action over the implementation of Shariah and the bleak future for the LGBT community living under the Sultan’s rule.
However, all Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has done is express his Muslimness [sic]. These are mainstream Shariah laws already in operation in numerous Muslim majority countries. Emily Thornberry is therefore an Islamophobe according to the new definition adopted by Labour and as reported by the Guardian:
The definition reads: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
Paedophile Muslim asylum seeker Dana Abdullah has been sentenced to 18 years for stabbing his wife (and mother of 4) to death, in the UK, after she converted to Christianity. It will be interesting to understand how the definition tackles apostasy punishments, and those that believe it is a core component of Islam. Bukhari 9.84.57 states Muhammad spoke: “whoever changed his Islamic religion, kill him”. The main schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite, hold this position. This is their expression of ‘Muslimness’.
Will criticism of those people be deemed “Islamophobia” by the Labour Party and organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain? Or does this merely expose how ludicrous the term and exercise is to start with?