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Britain's ruling party defends linking Muslim London mayor to extremism

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“This election was not without controversy and I am so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division,” Khan said

Americans may have the same opportunity November 9.

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In the rough and tumble of elections, you get stuff said

Straight from the Donald Rumsfeld playbook.

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The so-called rough and tumble of politics does not justify outright slander. Refusing to apologize for this potentially actionable inflamatory language show the true vile nature of the Conservatives. Three cheers for the people of London who saw those smears for what they were.

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"Conservatives including Prime Minister David Cameron and Fallon himself had sought to question whether London would be safe being run by the 45-year-old Khan, a Labour Party lawmaker who grew up in public housing in the capital’s inner city."

A council estate? The Etonians must be asking how can anyone from such a place be born to rule.

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" Efforts by Britain’s ruling Conservative party to link the new mayor of London "

"Linking"? Afaic they simply pointed out that Khan has been speaking at radical islamist events. That is a simple fact, which the article does not address.

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@WilliB

Khan had shared stages with religious knuckle-draggers and bigots but the attempt to depict him as having the same sympathies was savaged by many Tories, never mind Labour. Goldsmith was absolutely routed in this election and rightly so. Khan was stupid to appear with uncivilised rubbish like this and needed to address this point, which he did.

Check out Khan's stated opinions. I've mentioned this before but a man who supports gay marriage doesn't sound like someone holding to barbaric, outdated ideas.

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It's amazing that PC articles such as this one make sure to mention Goldsmith's sister's comments criticizing her brother's campaign...yet somehow fail to mention that she's a converted Muslim married to a Pakistani! Context, people.

It's amazing that nowhere in this article are the comments Khan made during the campaign (for which he had to apologize, by the way) using the race-loaded term "Uncle Toms" to describe moderate Muslims who might consider voting for the Torries. It's as if he's insinuating Muslims who don't automatically vote for a Muslim candidate are "not true Muslims!" Does anyone here know about these comments, and if not, why do you think this article fails to mention such facts? Certainly they would suggest the new mayor tends to have feelings for the more conservative Muslim community if he'd bash free-thinkers as not really being true Muslims by calling them, "Uncle Toms," no?

Such absence of crucial facts (clearly contrived and premeditated to provide a skewed reality at that) make it clear the public is regularly being misled into concluding what the journalists responsible for such unbalanced portrayals want you to conclude...not only through the sin of outright revision but also through the more insidious sin of willful omission.

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If Khan supports gay marriage, then he's a hypocrite. In Islam, homosexuals are strictly forbidden. Isn't this guy a muslim?? Or is headline on this article wrong.

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"If Khan supports gay marriage, then he's a hypocrite. In Islam, homosexuals are strictly forbidden. Isn't this guy a muslim??"

It is possible to pick and choose from a religion the bits you like and choose to ignore the bits you don't like. As a US citizen, you must be familiar with this when listening to the ideas coming from politicians who claim to be Christians.

If people have to be religious, I prefer this pick and choose approach.

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It is possible to pick and choose from a religion the bits you like

The left posters do this all the time too.

As a US citizen, you must be familiar with this when listening to the ideas coming from politicians who claim to be Christians.

Yeah, but then they get slammed by some Pope who says building a wall would be "unChristian-like". What outrage.

Heh, how high are the walls in the Vatican City?

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It is strangely comforting to know that paranoid-nutters are not only of American origin....

BUT it is also sad that out human race is still so often determined to hate the 'other' automatically. Hope I live to see us progress pass this. A girl can dream.

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It's amazing that nowhere in this article are the comments Khan made during the campaign (for which he had to apologize, by the way) using the race-loaded term "Uncle Toms" to describe moderate Muslims who might consider voting for the Torries.

The Uncle Tom comment was made in 2009. Unsurprisingly, it was given plenty of attention in the Daily Mail and Daily Express during this campaign.

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Cameron would have done well following Khan in avoiding pork, at least during his time at university.

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"The Uncle Tom comment was made in 2009. Unsurprisingly, it was given plenty of attention in the Daily Mail and Daily Express during this campaign."

How dare those newspapers report on something that actually happened. They need to learn to keep their mouths shut...especially on things that could be potentially embarrassing to politicians.

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The Tories are a bunch of twats.

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"The Tories are a bunch of twats."

Yes.

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It's amazing that PC articles such as this one make sure to mention Goldsmith's sister's comments criticizing her brother's campaign...yet somehow fail to mention that she's a converted Muslim married to a Pakistani! Context, people.

That may well be because it's common knowledge among British people that Jemima Goldsmith and Imran Khan divorced a long time ago (2004). We wouldn't assume that someone would try to use that particular point against her in 2016.

So if you really do want the full context, try to keep in mind that Jemima Goldsmith is not married to a Pakistani. Everyone else already knows this.

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"Jemima Goldsmith and Imran Khan divorced a long time ago (2004)."

Yes, but she converted to Islam, so the question would be does she remain one today? She refuses to say. She has received death threats from Muslims in the past. So her silence plus her stance in this election campaign are wise, from a health and safety point of view. LOL

The article omits such dynamics, not to mention Khan's labeling of moderate Muslims as "uncle Toms." Can you imagine if a white Tory said such a thing?!?! Would Reuters ignore it?

This article is either an appalling piece of journalism or agenda-driven misinformation.

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Yes, but she converted to Islam, so the question would be does she remain one today?

No, to me the question was whether she is married to a Pakistani, because a commenter said that she is.

You can pick away at the question of whether she is a Muslim if it interests you sufficiently. I don't myself really know where to start with a non-devout convert British woman with an elite background and massive inherited wealth who has had a few well-publicized post-marital relationships with non-Muslims. And I don't much care.

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"And I don't much care."

No, of course you don't. Understanding the background/context of said incident could raise some troubling questions challenging your sunny narrative. I find it quite fascinating. But then, I've always been the inquisitive type.

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No, of course you don't. Understanding the background/context of said incident could raise some troubling questions challenging your sunny narrative.

I haven't presented a sunny narrative, or indeed any narrative at all. I simply corrected a commenter whose information was over 10 years out of date. Goldsmith is no longer married to Imran Khan. Anyone in Britain who knew she had married him in the first place (basically everyone) would also be likely to know that the marriage ended in divorce a long time ago. BNLightened is clearly not from the same country as Goldsmith or Imran Khan.

By the way, I'm not really bothered by what you call "troubling questions". I just don't spend much time thinking about celebrities like Goldsmith and what she does with her impossibly affluent life. In particular, I don't strongly consider her spiritual or religious leanings, if any. They may be deeply held or not. If she doesn't choose to share them with us eager mortals, what can you do? I'll tell you what I do. I remember that I don't give a shit.

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