My compliments to Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, who has managed to persuade Nanny that his comments on Radio 4; in which he accused gay people of spreading disease, and described civil partnerships as "harmful", were all in the best possible taste and not deserving of prosecution.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie said:
"It does not augur well in building the very foundations of society, stability, family relationships
And it is something we would certainly not, in any form, encourage the community to be involved in.
Each of our faiths tells us that it is harmful.
if you look into the scientific evidence that has been available in terms of the forms of various other illnesses and diseases that are there,
surely it points out that where homosexuality is practised there is a greater concern in that area."
These comments drew a protest from some listeners, and the Metropolitan Police launched an inquiry.
However, the police now say that they will not be charging Sir Iqbal.
The Muslim Council of Britain even said that it did not understand why their leader was being investigated.
"To be honest,
we thought it somewhat surprised when we heard that Sir Iqbal was being investigated by the police
for merely articulating the mainstream Islamic viewpoint about homosexuality."
That speaks volumes about their understanding of modern Britain!
As if by coincidence, Sir Ian Blair The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has decided to end costly police inquiries into supposedly politically incorrect views voiced on radio and TV.
Current rules compel police to investigate complaints, but officers are said to be exasperated because they have to treat all of them as potential 'hate' crimes.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
"Where complaints are made to police about allegedly discriminatory language,
we have a duty to review what has been said
to ensure that the law has not been broken
and to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision when necessary.
However, in the light of recent complaints generated by comments broadcast in the media,
the Commissioner has asked for a review to examine where the boundary lies between freedom of speech in a democratic society
and the appropriate police response and action to deal with formal complaints alleging the law has been broken.
It will not influence police action in relation to any cases already being looked into. Some cases will always justify investigation by police."
Now the question is, when a gay (or for that matter straight) person makes a public criticism of Islam; will Nanny, the police and the Muslim Council of Britain be so understanding and tolerant?