The confession by comedian Rory Bremner that he and his colleagues are “afraid to joke about Islam” for fear of being killed has revealed precisely how far the stifling dark shadow of Islam has already fallen over Britain and Europe.
Mr Bremner, most famous for his contributions towards the shows Spitting Image, Week Ending, Now - Something Else, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, made the remarks in a documentary due to be aired on TV this week.
“Comedians are forced to censor their jokes because they fear a backlash if they offend Islamic fundamentalists,” Mr Bremner was quoted as saying.
“Every time I write a sketch about Islam, I fear retribution from Islamic extremists.
“The greatest danger now is that one of the toughest issues of our time is religion.
“When [I'm] writing a sketch about Islam, I’m writing a line and I think, ‘If this goes down badly, I’m writing my own death warrant there.’
“Because there are people who will say, ‘Not only do I not think that’s funny but I’m going to kill you’ – and that’s chilling,” Mr Bremner said.
He referred to the case of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard who was subjected to death threats because of a picture he drew of the prophet Mohammed.
“If you’re a Danish cartoonist and you work in a Western tradition, people don’t take that too seriously.
“Suddenly you’re confronted by a group of people who are fundamentalist and extreme and they say, ‘We’re going to kill you because of what you have said or drawn.’
“Where does satire go from there, because we like to be brave but not foolish”, he said.
Mr Bremner’s fears are well-founded. Slowly but surely, the innate terrorism of Islamism has been creeping across Britain and much of Europe.
An axe-wielding Somali asylum seeker has been jailed in Denmark since January this year on preliminary charges of terrorism and attempted murder after breaking into Mr Westergaard’s home.
Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding in Britain for a decade because the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a 1989 fatwa, or religious edict, ordering Muslims to kill him because his book, The Satanic Verses, insulted Islam.
In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was ritually murdered on an Amsterdam street by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Moroccan Muslim born in Holland.
Bouyeri had taken offense at a fictional film made by Van Gogh which dealt with the abuse of women under Islam. Van Gogh was repeatedly shot, and his throat was cut.
Islamic societies are marked by intolerance, authoritarianism and the suppression of all values except those found in the Koran. It is a return to the Dark Ages – and in Britain, the only party opposed to this nightmare is the British National Party.