Though there’s not a scintilla of doubt over his far-Leftist, quirkily-titled Respect Party’s politics, apparently there’s some debate about George Galloway’s religious affiliations.
In a New Statesman interview of him by Jemima Khan, she says/claims the firebrand, new MP for Bradford West converted to Islam 10 years ago in a ceremony in Kilburn, north London, inferring he hid the secret until now.
The former Gorgeous George, Hamas cheerleader and Iranian Press TV presenter (along with Ken Livingstone) – until the odious channel was banned by Ofcom – is/was thought to be a Catholic, though he favours an Islamic-style beard, Arab scarf draped round his neck and is reported to have had three Muslim wives. Not at the same time, I add.Meanwhile, as Khan says, ‘There must have been some white constituents in Bradford, who, although natural Labour supporters, preferred to vote for the white Catholic candidate rather than the brown Muslim one representing Labour.’
Galloway has denied Khan’s assertion, insisting, according to the Daily Telegraph, ‘The opening paragraph of Jemima Khan’s piece in the New Statesman (referring to an alleged conversion ceremony) is totally untrue. Moreover I told her it was fallacious when she put it to me. I have never attended any such ceremony in Kilburn, Karachi or Kathmandu. It is simply and categorically untrue.’
As the Telegraph points out, there is no shame in being a Muslim. But, skeptics might consider there is a degree of ambiguity about Galloway’s denial, since it appears to fall a tad short of being categorical. Might it not have been easier for him to state emphatically, ‘No, I am not Muslim’ rather than arguing the toss over a conversion ceremony not taking place ‘in Karachi, Kilburn or Kathmandu’?
And one wonders, too, why, during the Bradford West campaigning, Galloway laced his speeches with ‘inshallahs’? Plus – though he denied responsibility for them – why, if only in the interests of transparency and decency, didn’t he vigorously condemn pamphlets distributed among the Islamic electorate, proclaiming, ‘God knows who is a Muslim’ and accusing Labour’s Muslim candidate, Imran Hussain, of drinking alcohol while he, Galloway, ‘never has’?
So, despite the adage, ‘If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,’ apparently it could be mistaken for a Rhode Island Red rooster.