It was only a matter of time before Martin Luther King and Mo Ansar would be spoken of in the same reverend tones. Modesty did not forbid Mo Ansar from being the one to do so. With Mo’s experience, drawing on comparisons between himself and King, we may not have understood what the world needs to acknowledge. That Mo Ansar is the 21st Century’s MLK.
Do not take my word for it – here is Mo Ansar’s Facebook post:
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars” ~ Khalil Gibran
Many of you will know about my background of engagement in grass roots activism serving and supporting our communities. Over the last few years, this resulted in my increased profile in the media.
Although at times it has been difficult, with attacks and criticism from all sides that have turned many heads and hardened some hearts, I have tried to stay true to what is right and perhaps controversially, I have never shied away from using that platform to promote peace, tolerance and understanding. My stance against those seeking to undermine Muslim communities, to perpetuate a civil rights crisis and create an environment of fear, hostility and prejudice between us all, between people of different races, beliefs and walks of life, to create a new McCarthyism, resulted in – not unsurprisingly – a vicious and concerted smear campaign waged against me by a number of unholy interests.
Some are easier to ignore than others, whether broadsheet or red-top tabloid; I won’t do those ridiculous smears the honour of reiterating them here, but after reading this letter sent by the authorities to Martin Luther King, dressed-up as a correspondence from a member of the Black community, I understand better how this hate manifests and how terribly scared the establishment is about change.
In this letter, disclosed recently, the neoconservative establishment calls MLK a colossal fraud, a liability and a filthy liar. They say he is no clergyman. Most disturbing of all is how they press for him to commit suicide. Whilst privately and publicly I’ve had almost all the same correspondence, often using the same phrases, it has also served to remind me of the value of belief in God. Knowing others far better than us, have shared the experience, should serve to strengthen us.
Faith is a thing which keeps you strong in the darkest of times. It is a thing which helps you withstand the harshest of storms. So, my advice is to believe and stay strong.
This from someone that supports the right of people in Bangladesh to demand the blasphemy law should mean death, who calls secular progressives extremists like ISIS, who considers Maajid Nawaz an extremist like Anjem Choudary.
Mo Ansar does not promote pluralism, tolerance or free speech. He cannot even see the contradiction in supporting a petition he claims not to want realised for de-selecting Maajid Nawaz as prospective MP (while Maajid received death threats). Nor that when asked if sharia conditions met, meant amputation is an acceptable punishment, the correct answer for a claimed theologian is not I need to check with a theologian. Nevermind “speaking as a lawyer”
Despite the expose on Mo Ansar (read about the “smears” he does not want to repeat or address here) he has been courted again by mainstream media. This has always been about the credibility, and the opinions, of Mo Ansar. However, he tries to use the Muslim community as a shield rather than confront the evidence of what he himself has said and claimed.
There is no place for bullying, racism and intimidation – let alone threats to his life anymore than Maajid Nawaz. His words are enough to show his character, which as Martin Luther King said is what we should be judging people on.
When it came to character assassination, the smoking gun was found to have Mo Ansar’s fingerprints all over it. All we did was point at the body of evidence. Lumping us in with the vile racists and anti-muslim bigots is regrettably the only way he deals with criticism.
As ever he is welcome to reply.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog