Friday, 30 January 2009

Lord of the House

Frit learns that a member of the British House of Lords intended to invite her colleagues to a private meeting in a conference room in the House of Lords to meet the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an elected member of the Dutch parliament, to watch his controversial movie Fitna and discuss the movie and Mr. Wilders’ opinions with him.
Barely had the invitation been sent to all the members of the House when a certain Lord Ahmed raised hell. He threatened to mobilize 10,000 Methodists to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the House and threatened to take the colleague who was organizing the event to court. The result is that the event, which should have taken place next Thursday, was cancelled. A victory for the Methodist community, but a defeat for British democracy where topics to which Methodists object cannot even be debated. Apparently, Lord Ahmed recently admitted in court to killing another man by dangerous driving, and ought to be in prison, but isn’t. So there’s a lot that Methodists can get away with in Britain these days. Strange thing is that none of this appears to interest the British media. Frit can only find mention of it in Belgium and Pakistan.