Give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and take disciplinary action against party member Mohammed Shafiq
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Nick Clegg
Headquarter, Liberal Democrats
Jeanne Tarrant
Party Chief Executive
Tim Gordon

Give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and take disciplinary action against party member Mohammed Shafiq

    1. Chris Moos
    2. Petition by

      Chris Moos

      London, United Kingdom

On January 12th, Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat PPC for Hampstead and Killburn, posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline and stated that he, as a Muslim, was not offended by the content. This followed a BBC Big Questions programme in which the cartoons were discussed and Maajid Nawaz was included as a studio guest. The cartoon depicts Jesus and Mo saying 'Hey' and 'How ya doin'" to each other. 

 

Islamists and political opponents have now mounted a campaign against Maajid Nawaz, resulting in numerous threats to his life. We note that this, rather than being based on legitimate concerns of Muslims, is a political campaign spear-headed by a group of Islamist reactionaries with a track record of promoting extremism. They are seeeking to use Muslim communities in order to whip up hatred against a liberal and secular Muslim. We are concerned that this campaign will also be used by anti-Muslim extremists as evidence of Muslim intolerance and incompatibility with liberal values which could, in turn, fuel anti-Muslim bigotry.

 

We note with concern that this attempt to silence Maajid Nawaz is fuelled by Liberal Democrats party member Mohammed Shafiq. Freedom of expression is essential to the functioning of a liberal democracy, and a core value of the Liberal Democratic party. The agitation of a party member against a designated Prospective Parliamentary Candidate is antithetical to these core values. 

 

 

We, the undersigned, extend our full support to Maajid Nawaz, and condemn the campaign against him. We call on Liberal Democratic party leader, Nick Clegg, to take a stand for Maajid Nawaz and commence disciplinary proceedings against party member Mohammed Shafiq for acting against the core values of the Liberal Democrats. 

To:
Nick Clegg, Leader, Liberal Democrats
Jeanne Tarrant, Headquarter, Liberal Democrats
Tim Gordon, Party Chief Executive
Give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and commence disciplinary proceedings against LibDem party member Mohammed Shafiq

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Success!

      Chris Moos
      Petition Organizer

      You will be pleased to learn that following the public uproar about the campaign against Maajid Nawaz, Nick Clegg has come out to express his support of Maajid, as suggested by our petition.

      However, there are still reactionaries like Mohammed Shafiq, Lester Holloway, and Irfan Ahmed within the LibDems, who hide behind the label of liberalism in order to peddle their illiberal and undemocratic views. Please see the below article by commentator Amjad Khan for details of their campaign.

      We should remember that those who have started and fuelled this crusade are still spreading their poisonous narrative that portrays Muslims as a monolithic bloc incapable of being subject to the same levels of discordant views as any other human being. Thank you for opposing this kind of racist othering of Muslims, and standing up for the right to free expression that protects us all.

      @ChrisMoos_

      The Illiberal Democrats

      Victories in the battle to defend free speech and expression from Islamist thugs and bullies have been rare in the last few years. Unfortunately, intimidation and death threats do work and can create a climate of fear in which even the bravest free speech advocates can be forced to retreat.

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Let's ask Nick Clegg - tomorrow at 9am

      Chris Moos
      Petition Organizer

      Nick Clegg's weekly 'Deputy Prime Minister Questions' is tomorrow at 9am on LBC, please can as many people call in to ask him to apologise to Maajid
      Nawaz for his bad management of the situation. Details of the phone-in can
      be found here: http://tinyurl.com/p59bla7

      You can find more details on the despicable campaign of Mo Shafiq, including his targeted approach to Muslim organisations and what he calls Islamic countries, resulting in the death threats against Maajid Nawaz: http://tinyurl.com/paecvzu

      Call Clegg: Nick's Weekly LBC Phone-In

      The Deputy Prime Minister will be answering your questions on whatever topic you want - plus, we'll have a panel of six floating voters who will ask why they should vote for his party. Find out how to put your question to the Liberal Democrat leader and how to watch, listen or take part in Call Clegg.

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Update: Liberal Democrats are failing to support Maajid Nawaz

      Chris Moos
      Petition Organizer

      While Maajid Nawaz is receiving death threats, instead of unequivocally supporting him, the Liberal Democrats are now urging him to be "more sensitive" and "not to cause offence".

      The LibDems have also failed to take action against party member Mo Shafiq, who is effectively inciting violence against Maajid Nawaz through his deliberate use of the term 'Gustagh-e-Rasool', which translates as 'enemy of the prophet' and usually results in murder.

      It is shocking to see that a party that has freedom of speech as one of its core values is utterly failing to stand up for a progressive Muslim and take action against this dangerous anti-liberal campaign.

      Clearly, we need to increase the pressure. What you can do:

      Share this petition on Twitter, Facebook and with your contacts! #TeamNawaz
      Contact Liberal Democratic party members, counsellors and MPs.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Oliver Tatlow BINGLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      I support the right to free speech and feel that the campaign to smear Nawaz is contrary to the right to free speech. I have always voted lib dem but may re-consider this if the party fails to stand up for Maajid.

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    • Alison Anderson GUILDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      I want to live in a country which values and protects freedom of expression

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    • Stephen Turner DUDLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      As a confirmed Anglican by having a liberal stance to my own religion allows me to accept other faiths as I would expect other faiths to liberally accept my beliefs.

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    • Alan Crystall LEIGH-ON-SEA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      I oppose extremism of any kind

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    • Mary Phillips MUCH WENLOCK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      Protect freedom of speech and religious freedom in the UK!

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