I have been asked to be a guest in a debate in Glouscter, on the 24th of this month. I am thinking about it, it looks as if I will be the only woman on the panel. Now the same radio station did a programme from a Mosque,or rather a make shift place,i was the guest and they wanted to ask if women are oppressed in Islam. It was a resounding yes from me, the trouble was that despite a lot of publicity,and me trying to ask a lot of muslim women to come,no one turned up. i was in a room of a group of hostile looking men, looking at me daggers drawn.,( I did a blog at the time).
Recently,some 4 weeks ago some 4 burly men turned up at my doorstep. beards, skull caps and traditional garb, they asked for my husband just by his surname,when I said he wasn’t “in’, they said they were looking for me, I asked why,and they said they wanted to talk to me about religion! But will not come in as i was on my own. I just shut the door.
I live in a close where all of my neighbours are friends and very protective of me. They were not amused and advised caution, I have a friend who is a serving police offer , I emailed her,she was very concerned,made a note and said she will get the local intelligence team to keep an eye on my house.
I never do talk about religion,so was a bit miffed. And the local mosque denied all knowledge of the men’s where about.
So in light of all this,should I attend the debate/
Here is the flyer for it.
This is a dilemma! We live in a free country and we should be able to say what we want, whiten reason and the boundaries of decency, so is it right for anyone to try and intimidate anyone in this way?
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter
Past Teacher and Lecturer in Religious Education
Sheikh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia
A Scholar of Islamic Traditions and Founder of Darul Qasim
Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield
Bishop of Swindon, Diocese of Bristol
An Orthodox Sikh and an Education Officer in Sikh Traditions
, Inderpal Kaur
An Orthodox Sikh and a Sikh Scholar
Dr Gopalakrishna Rao
A Hindu Scholar
Has a Muslim background, with strong views on women in Islam