Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the EDL and outspoken critic of Islam, recently put himself in the “lion’s den” yesterday when he appeared on Inside Story, a program hosted on the Islamic network Al Jazeera, owned in part by the ruling family of Qatar. A brave move some may argue, especially considering Robinson’s history.
Things did not turn out quite as expected though for host Peter Dobbie who had underestimated Robinson’s knowledge on the subject when he began reading passages from the Bible instead of the Quran with the intention of tricking Robinson live on air — Robinson wasn’t fooled.
“I’d ask you why you’re reading the Old Testament to me,” he fired back. “I’m not stupid.”
Things went from bad to tragic for Dobbie after his epic fail trying to trip Tommy up and resorted to bare faced lying when he made the remarkable claim after being pressed by Robinson that he was “free to criticise the Prophet Muhammad” in Doha where the segment was being filmed….
A truly bizarre statement I would argue, considering Article 256 of the Qatar penal code states quite clearly;
“It is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, anyone who commits the following acts:
1. Insulting or challenging the Supreme Being verbally or in writing, or with drawing or gesturing, or any other means.
2. Abusing, distorting, or desecrating the Holy Koran.
3. Offending the Islamic religion or one of its rituals.
4. Insulting any of the divine religions protected by Islamic law.
5. Insolence towards any of the Prophets verbally, or in writing, drawing, gesture, or any other means.
6. Sabotaging, breaking, damaging, or desecrating buildings, or their contents, if they are used for celebrating the rituals of any of the divine religions protected by Islamic law.”
The conversation continued onto Tommy discussing the life of Muhammad — where he reeled off numerous facts about the “Prophets” violent and rapey behaviour towards women, children and those that stood in his way to the bemusement of Dobbie who was clearly now way out of his depth.
Sadly— Dobbie’s destruction was cut out of the pre-recorded segment that was shown on the final edit, but Robinson was again one step ahead and secretly recorded the entire segment on his phone before uploading the footage to Youtube yesterday.
It will probably be a while before he is invited onto the show again, but really what did they expect? Tommy knows Islam inside-out and these cheap tactics to try and damage his credibility are childish and embarrassing.
Next time you invite him onto your show, here’s an idea — Why don’t you actually rebut the facts he presents than censor them because the truth hurts, otherwise how will we ever tackle the growing epidemic of Islamic inspired acts of terror that we are seeing on a daily basis?
Al Jazeera, acknowledged the segment was edited in a statement provided to a conservative website.
“Inside Story is a pre-recorded programme, and on many occasions our editorial staff make decisions on what to include or omit based on what is editorially relevant and acceptable to broadcasting standards to the particular debate being aired in the episode in question,” the statement said.