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Narking For Jesus And Mohammed: Maajid Nawaz And The Offended Twitter Contest

by | 22nd, January 2014

(left to right) Usama Hasan of the Quilliam Foundation, English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson and Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation, during a press conference at the Montague Hotel, central London, as Robinson announced that he is to stand down from the EDL under the guidance of the Quilliam foundation. Picture date: Tuesday October 8, 2013. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire


MAAJID Nawaz has been abused on Twitter. The professional offence takers have been taking offence and gnashing their teeth and vowing bloody vengeance in 140 characters or less. (Plus ca change.) The  IB Times : reports:

A would-be Liberal Democrat MP who published an image of the Prophet Mohammed on Twitter has been targeted by online abuse. Maajid Nawaz received threats of violence – including beheading – and an online petition was started against his bid to become MP in 2015. It happened after the former Muslim radical and co-founder of Quilliam, an anti-extremism thinktank, drew the ire of critics by publishing a cartoon of the prophet of Islam on his Twitter timeline.

A tweet can get you beheaded. Well, if it can get you arrested and jailed in the UK, anything’s possible. Nawaz posted a drawing of Jesus and Mohammed taken from the comic strip Jesus and Mo . He said:

…I didn’t post it on here gratuitously. Rather, a week ago the BBC Big Questions featured a long-shot of this cartoon. I posted that image here to explain how, as a Muslim, I didn’t find this particular image offensive and think God is bigger than to find offence at such a bland cartoon…

The image shows depicts Muhammad standing next to Jesus (or is it Jesus standing next to Mohammed?) and asking “How Ya Doing?”.  Scary stuff. Anorak reported on how two students were banned by the LSE for wearing t-shirts bearing the image . Nawaz overlooked other images of the two religious figures drinking beer, being  lewd  and, somewhat inevitably, shacking  up together.  The cartoons are monocular, not all that funny and pretty badly drawn. They are typical student stuff.

It was predictable that Nawaz’s tweet would go down badly with some people. He sets himself above and apart from the gurning, bearded loon in the precinct behaving as

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