Nadine Dorries is moaning about being called a fundementalist. If she allows herself to be the tool of such people as Andrea Williams of the fundementalist organisation Lawyers Christian Fellowship, she must not be surprised at such accusations.
Last night I caught up on the Despatches programme about the increasing influence of fundementalist Christians in the UK. It was really scary stuff. Williams was working very closely with Dorries on her amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill – to the extent of being closely involved in its writing. When Williams tried to recruit Norman Tebbit to table the amendment, she had whipped out a pre-written one. I’ve always despised Tebbit’s politics but I have to admit he’s nobody’s fool. He smiled, nodded, took the pre-written amendment – and did nothing.
Dorries needs to take similar care who she gets into bed with. Her face when confronted with Williams’ Islamophobia was a sight to behold. Williams was the organiser of a conference called “Understanding Islam” which seems almost guaranteed to stir up animosity in Muslims. Williams described Islam as a “false religion and said that “any rejection of God is the work of the enemy, Satan.” See here. Presumably this means she also regards Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists as the spawn of Satan also.
The fundies reasons for their hostility to Islam are rather ironic. They point out that radical Islam is intolerant of views other than their own, they seek to convert unbelievers, want society structured according to their beliefs and believe that all who do not share their views are doomed to go to Hell. Just like Christian fundementalists but they can’t see it.
These are the kind of people Dorries is allied to – people who want to ratchet up religious tensions in an already perilous world. As an MP in a major political party that is likely to form the Government after the next General Election she she should realise the dangers in giving the impression that the British State is actively hostile to other cultures within and without. Back in the day, Stalinists used to refer to their fellow travellers as “useful idiots”. Nadine Dorries is performing this role for the fundementalists.