|A Crucifix, a Tory politician and unidentified people masked by veils. Source: Archbishop Cranmer|
Concluding my entry, Another smokescreen, yesterday I wrote "A 'Christian MSP', Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives has suggested we should defend the right of Muslim women to wear the burka in the same way we defend the right of Christians to wear a cross. God help us!"
He has. No thanks to our bishops but to Archbishop Cranmer who blogged No, Ruth Davidson: the burqa is a world away from a crucifix. Brilliant.
Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh who criticised Boris Johnson for his comments about Muslim women wearing burkas has been back in the news.
He told BBC Newsnight that he had received vile Islamophobic messages after calling for Mr Johnson to be sacked.
He said he took most exception to "vile things, horrible things, obscene things about Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him".
High profile: David Cameron and Lord Sheikh pictured at a party for the Conservative MuslimForum
Source: Mail Online 28 July 2013
The Mail Online reported in 2013: "To his many supporters in the Conservative Party, Lord Sheikh, a close adviser to David Cameron, is the epitome of respectability and a staunch advocate of family values."
The article goes on:
"But we can reveal the 72-year-old peer became besotted with an attractive waitress 45 years his junior and travelled to her native Uzbekistan to ask for her hand, only to dump her the day before their secret wedding – all while he was still legally married.
"When his wife of 25 years, Shaida, discovered the relationship, she burst into the crowded cafe where the 27-year-old woman works and launched a furious tirade against her.
"Lady Sheikh is now divorcing her husband.
"As the high-profile founder and chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum (CMF), Lord Sheikh’s behaviour is likely to cause deep embarrassment for Tories as they try to forge alliances with traditional Muslim voters."
Perhaps as a good Muslim he was striving to emulate the example of the Prophet Muhammad who had many wives and "married Aisha at the age of six or seven - but she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine, or ten according to Ibn Hisham, when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina" [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].
"The peer – who has a daughter 15 years older than the waitress – acts as Mr Cameron’s ambassador to the wider Muslim world, as well as drumming up support for the Tories in Britain.
"Recently he said in an interview: ‘I joined the Conservative Party as its policies and ideologies match our own traditions and culture that are based on strong work ethics and family values’."