Hardline Muslims should not dictate what films we can watch in Britain, says Patrick Christys

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Patrick Christys

By Patrick Christys

Published: 10/06/2022

- 10:05

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:04

The film Lady of Heaven has been pulled after nationwide protests from members of the Muslim community

We need to stop giving in to mob rule. We need to stop worrying about offending a particularly hardline element of the Muslim community, put our foot down and say enough is enough.

There have been huge protests outside Cineworld cinemas in Bradford, Bolton, Birmingham and Sheffield by some Muslim, mostly, men from what I can see.

Why? Because there was a film called The Lady of Heaven that is about the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter – it depicts her and apparently the Prophet Muhammed as well.

The film has now been pulled because Cineworld was afraid that these protests were threatening the safety of their staff.

Well why don’t the police get involved then? If this was a far-right mob then the police would be all over it. They’d stop it.

Look, I’m all for tolerance and inclusivity, but at the end of the day if you live in a certain country, you should accept and adopt its values, not attempt to force your values onto everyone else.

Britain is a very diverse nation, wonderfully so. It is a multicultural country with a large Muslim population. But it is not a Muslim country. And that’s simply a straightforward matter of fact.

If a cinema chain chooses to show a film that offends the sensitivities of the Muslim community then as far as I’m concerned there is a very simple solution for the protesters outside the cinemas…just don’t watch the film.

But this is just the latest in a very long line of similar incidents – take Batley Grammar School for example. Yet again a mob conducted pretty threatening protests, nothing really happened about it and now a teacher is, as far as I’m aware, essentially in protective custody for the rest of his life.

This is not on. It’s not ok. We have to grow a pair and put our foot down.

We’re too soft when it comes to this stuff. People might think, oh well it’s just a film, take the easy route and cancel it. It’s just one teacher at a school, it doesn’t really matter. But where does this end?

I find it quite offensive actually that there appears to be a rather large group of people who are more than happy to reap the benefits this country has to offer – by the way, talking of benefits, has anyone asked why this lot protesting outside cinemas across the country aren’t at work?

Anyway, people seem more than happy to take advantage of our free education system, our free health system, and other general benefits that this country has to offer, but then at the same time they want to fundamentally impose their values or cultural or religious ideology onto all of us. I find that more than a bit cheeky. Frankly, I think it’s flipping rude.

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