This was the advertisement that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community placed in the Luton on Sunday regional newspaper – which you can read in full here.
The advert does go on to quote Prime Minister David Cameron on Ahmadiyya Muslims. Worth mentioning his message marking their celebration and praising their contribution in the UK:
Regrettably the sectarianism that would rather divide people than embrace the humanity of all reared it’s head in this letter to the newspaper.
The persecution Ahmadiyya Muslims face (see this reblog of a personal account here) is very real. Yet the paper met with “representatives of the Muslim community” after this letter and apologised for the offence of running an advert for “Ahmadiyya [Muslims]”. The paper neglected to call them Muslims – so as to cause no further offence no doubt.
So a regional paper plays to prejudice against the free expression of a minority. To ignore the contribution to the community Ahmadiyya Muslims have made because of other Islamic community leaders views on heresy. So nice of the paper to hold a meeting to make a British fatwa for us all that Ahmadiyya Muslims are offensive. The Britain I live in cherishes free expression, religious freedom and pluralism. No local rag is going to ignore these values.
The Luton On Sunday has decided on damage limitation without counting the real cost. Please show them there is real value not only in these principles, but the actions of Ahmadiyya Muslims in the UK.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog