Is George Galloway a Muslim and a Bigamist?

Chris Spivey.

Following on from the article that I posted yesterday, in connection with George Galloway refusing to debate with an Israeli and my  mention of the fact that the Bradford West MP had refused to comment on the NSPCC scandal when asked by at least two, unconnected members of the public; I received some unexpected information on the man. 

The information I received alleges that Galloway who appears to revel in his nickname of Gorgeous George is in fact a Muslim and a bigamist.

Indeed, if George is a Muslim, that to me would explain the following:

  • The strong stance that Galloway took against both invasions of Iraq (albeit, he was right to do so, Muslim or not) 
  • His seemingly ‘warm’ relationship with Saddam Hussein (which cancels out the good work he did in opposing the invasion) 
  • His apparent penchant for bigamy
  • His tendency to stand for parliament with seats in predominantly ethnic minority boroughs

Course, it could all be an act, in the same way that ‘Fats’ Watson pretends that he gives a fuck about abused children (You didn’t really think I had gone away did you Tom? If you did, you underestimated me by a mile sunshine). After all, Galloway often appears to be no better than your average opportunist MP. The following is from Wikipedia:

 In the late 1980s Hansard records him delivering a ferocious assault on the Ba’ath regime, and Galloway opposed Saddam’s regime until the United States-led Gulf War in 1991. Galloway visited Iraq in 1994 and delivered a speech to Saddam Hussein which ended in English with the statement “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” He has always stated that he was addressing the Iraqi people in the speech.Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations’ Oil for Food Programme.

Amongst the many questions that spring to mind  if it transpires that Georgie Boy is a Muslim is the one which asks, when he was sworn into parliament as an MP, under what religion did he affirm his oath to the Queen: Christian, Muslim or  Atheist ?

Since he tends to hint that he isn’t a Muslim, then I assume that he swore his oath either as a Christian or an Atheist, in which case, if he is a Muslim, he made a false oath to serve the Queen (why would anyone take an oath to serve the old bitch in the first place). That in turn would then invalidate that oath. At least it would in his mind.

The information I received also urged me to type Galloway’s  name in to the Jihadwatch website’s search engine in order to see for myself, the huge number of results that crop up. Here is one of the many:

George Galloway denies reports that he secretly converted to Islam 10 years ago

Leftist Useful Idiot British politician George Galloway has been a faithful servant of the Islamic supremacist agenda for years now, so it was no surprise at all whenreports began to circulate that he secretly converted to Islam years ago. He denies it now, but questions remain. In any case, this question is rather like that of whether or not Obama is secretly a Muslim — if he were, his policies wouldn’t be any different from what they are now, so what’s the big deal?”George Galloway denies claims he converted to Islam,” from the Telegraph, April 26 (thanks to David):

Respect’s George Galloway today denied claims he had converted to Islam at a secret ceremony more than a decade ago.The maverick MP took part in the “shahadah” conversion ceremony, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain, at a hotel in Kilburn, London, it was reported today.Jemima Khan, who converted to Islam ahead of her failed marriage to cricketer Imran Khan, claimed in an article for the New Statesman she knew someone who had attended the event.But the Bradford West MP, who has repeatedly refused to answer questions about his faith, dismissed it as “totally untrue”.

In the days ahead of his shock landslide by-election victory last month, a letter – which Mr Galloway denies being behind – went out to voters highlighting his record of support for Palestine, his work for “the freedom of Kashmir” and his abstention from alcohol.It added: “God knows who is a Muslim. And He knows who is not. Instinctively so do you.”

Ms Khan, who interviewed the MP in his new constituency, which has a large Muslim community, starts the article: “George Galloway, MP for Bradford West, is a Muslim.”He converted more than ten years ago in a ceremony at a hotel in Kilburn, north-west London, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain. READ MORE

Now, amongst the comments left on the above article, is one which states that the afore mentioned Ms Khan (who is in all probability Princess Dianas half sister) asked George about the oath he took in parliament:

He told Ms Khan: “People ask me this, why did I affirm in Parliament when I swore in?

“The answer is: I had to take an oath of allegiance in which I don’t believe, to the Queen and all her heirs and successors, and I have no allegiance to any of them, and I could not possibly swear such a thing on a holy book. So nothing else should be read into the affirmation.”

That clears that mystery up then… I think!

However, by Galloway swearing an oath that he doesn’t believe in, hardly inspires me with confidence in the man and to my way of thinking shows him as having a lack of integrity. You will also note that while Galloway appears to hint that he is not  a Muslim, he doesn’t actually say he isn’t. 

Course, if you don’t want to take Jihadwatch’s word for it, you can read about it in the Daily Mail.

What do you mean you would rather take Jihadwatch’s word for it? Stop laughing and get up off the fucking floor.

There is nothing wrong with the Daily Mail. Not that the propaganda rag deserve my defence since their newsdesk apparently said: “Oh him, take no notice of him, he has it in for us” after a caller had mentioned my name whilst ringing them about the NSPCC scandal. Quite hurt in fact I wasn’t.

But I digress, don’t cha know. Here is that Daily Mail article:

 

Is George Galloway Muslim? Socialite Jemima Khan claims maverick MP converted in secret ceremony more than a decade ago

  • George Galloway denies taking part in the ceremony – but doesn’t deny being a Muslim
  • He says article written by Jemima Khan is littered with ‘schoolgirl howlers’
  • Politician has always been referred to as Catholic
  • Interview carried out as Mr Galloway ate a halal meal

By ROB COOPER

PUBLISHED: 17:54, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:30, 26 April 201

 

George Galloway converted to Islam in a secret ceremony more than a decade ago, socialite Jemima Khan claimed today.

The maverick MP took part in a ‘shahadah’ conversion, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain, she said.

Jemima Khan, who herself became a Muslim ahead of her failed marriage to cricketer Imran Khan, claimed she knows someone who attended the event in north-west London in an article in the New Statesman magazine.

But Mr Galloway, who was elected to Parliament as MP for Bradford West in a by-election last month, angrily denied that any ceremony had taken place.

Bradford West MP George Galloway
Jemima Khan

War of words: Jemima Khan, right, wrote that George Galloway, right, converted to Islam in a secret ceremony more than a decade ago. He has denied ever taking part in such a ceremony

However, the four times married 57-year-old refused to deny claims that he is a Muslim.

In the media, Mr Galloway has always been widely referred to as a Catholic.

In the days before his shock landslide by-election victory last month, a letter – which Mr Galloway denies being behind – went out to voters highlighting his record of support for Palestine, his work for ‘the freedom of Kashmir’ and his abstention from alcohol.

It added: ‘God knows who is a Muslim. And He knows who is not. Instinctively so do you.’

Ms Khan, who interviewed the MP in his new constituency, which has a large Muslim community, started the article: ‘George Galloway, MP for Bradford West, is a Muslim.

‘He converted more than ten years ago in a ceremony at a hotel in Kilburn, north-west London, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain.

‘Those close to him know this. The rest of the world, including his Muslim constituents, does not.’

Claims: Jemima Khan's allegations were published in the New Statesman magazine todayClaims: Jemima Khan’s allegations were published in the New Statesman magazine today

Ms Khan tells Mr Galloway she knows someone ‘who attended your shahadah’ and says, ‘so you converted?’

According to the article he replied: ‘I can’t answer that. God knows who is a Muslim.’

The interview was carried out as Ms Khan and Mr Galloway ate a halal meal.

When being sworn in as an MP Mr Galloway chose to affirm, rather than make the pledge on a religious text.

He told Ms Khan: ‘People ask me this, why did I affirm in Parliament when I swore in?

‘The answer is: I had to take an oath of allegiance in which I don’t believe, to the Queen and all her heirs and successors, and I have no allegiance to any of them, and I could not possibly swear such a thing on a holy book.

‘So nothing else should be read into the affirmation.’

Mr Galloway claimed today the article was littered with ‘deliberate falsehoods’ and ‘schoolgirl howlers’.

He Tweeted: No such ceremony ever happened, in Kilburn or anywhere else.’

In a statement he added: ‘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.’

The New Statesman issued a robust statement in response to Mr Galloway’s denial.

A spokeswoman said: ‘It is notable that Galloway does not deny being a Muslim convert – and he did not deny it when it was put to him at the time of the interview, which is on tape.

‘Contrary to his press release, nor did he deny that the ceremony took place when it was put to him during the interview. This is also on tape.

‘Furthermore, he failed to clarify how, by his own admission, he had a ‘nikah’ (a Muslim marriage ceremony), despite the fact that a non-Muslim man cannot marry a Muslim woman under Islamic law.’

Confusion: George Galloway, pictured outside the Houses of Parliament with his new wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, has denied taking part in a Muslim conversion ceremony - but apparently not denied being a MuslimConfusion: George Galloway, pictured outside the Houses of Parliament with his new wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, has denied taking part in a Muslim conversion ceremony – but apparently not denied being a Muslim.

Okay, moving on, although I will return to the matter of George’s faith in due course.

Now,I always find that a good  gauge of an MP’s integrity can be gleaned through the expenses that they claim and the number of times that they have been accused of sleaze. So, how does George compare to others in those stakes? The following is from Wikipedia:

From November 1983 to 1987, Galloway was General Secretary of War on Want, a British charity that campaigns against poverty worldwide. In this post he was much travelled, writing eye-witness accounts of the famine in Eritrea in 1985 which were published in The Sunday Times and The Spectator.

The Daily Mirror accused him of living luxuriously at the charity’s expense. An independent auditor cleared him of misuse of funds, though he did repay £1,720 in contested expenses. He later reportedly won £155,000 from “The Mirror in an unrelated libel lawsuit.More than two years after Galloway stepped down to serve as a Labour MP, the UK Charity Commission investigated War on Want. It found accounting irregularities from 1985 to 1989, but little evidence that money was used for non-charitable purposes. The commission said responsibility lay largely with auditors, and did not single out individuals for blame.

On 22 April 2003, the Daily Telegraph published news articles and comment describing documents found by its reporter David Blair in the ruins of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. The documents purported to be records of meetings between Galloway and Iraqi intelligence agents, and state that he had received £375,000 per year from the proceeds of the Oil-for-Food Programme.

Galloway completely denied the story, and pointed to the nature of the discovery within an unguarded, bombed-out building as being questionable. He instigated legal action against the newspaper, which was heard in the High Court from 14 November 2004.On 2 December, Justice David Eady ruled that the story had been “seriously defamatory”, and that the Telegraph was “obliged to compensate Mr Galloway  and to make an award for the purposes of restoring his reputation”.

Galloway was awarded damages of £150,000 plus, after a failed appeal in 2006, legal costs of about £2 million.

The Christian Science Monitor also published a story on 25 April 2003, stating that they had documentary evidence that he had received “more than ten million dollars” from the Iraqi regime. However, on 20 June 2003, the Monitor reported that their own investigation had concluded the documents were sophisticated forgeries, and apologised. Galloway rejected the newspaper’s apology, asserted that the affair was a conspiracy against him, and continued a libel claim against the paper.

The Christian Science Monitor settled the claim, paying him an undisclosed sum in damages, on 19 March 2004.

In January 2004, a further set of allegations were made in Al-Mada, a newspaper in Iraq. The newspaper claimed to have found documents in the Iraqi national oil corporation showing that Galloway received (through an intermediary) some of the profits arising from the sale of 19.5 million barrels (3,100,000 m³) of oil. Galloway acknowledged that money had been paid into the Mariam Appeal by Iraqi businessmen who had profited from the UN-run programme, but denied benefiting personally, and maintained that, in any case, there was nothing illicit about this.

The report of the Iraq Survey Group published in October 2004 claimed that Galloway was one of the recipients of a fund used by Iraq to buy influence among foreign politicians. Galloway denied receiving any money from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards had begun an investigation into George Galloway but suspended it when Galloway launched legal action.

Moreover, according to the ‘Information Clearing House website’, Galloway once  faced a prison sentence in the USA: 

Story in full GEORGE Galloway could be facing a lengthy prison sentence in the United States after a Senate committee last night claimed it had fresh evidence his political organisation and his wife had received nearly £340,000 in oil-for-food allocations from Saddam Hussein and then lied under oath about the deal. 

The committee said it had the “smoking gun” that proved the anti-war activist received UN allocations from Saddam, a charge the Respect Party MP vehemently denied under oath in May. 

Senator Norm Coleman, the chairman of an investigative subcommittee, said he will send the evidence to US Department of Justice and to British authorities. Mr Galloway could now face charges in America of perjury, making false statements and obstructing a congressional proceeding. Each charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a £140,000 fine. 

Mr Coleman said he had obtained evidence that Mr Galloway’s political organisation and his wife received the money from illegal oil allocations. READ MORE

As for his expenses, the BBC said this:

George Galloway was Parliament’s most expensive backbencher on the basis of his voting record between 2001 and 2004, says a report. A London School of Economics study of MPs’ expenses says Mr Galloway, a Labour MP at the time, cost £1,491 for every vote he cast.

Tony Blair was among four ministers who cost more than Mr Galloway – but the report points to their other duties. Overall, MPs’ expenses are “mostly justifiable”, say the academics.

Mr Galloway, who is currently appearing in Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother, finished fifth in the table of most expensive MPs on their voting record.His total expenses bill was about average for MPs – 333rd out of 659 – but his voting record made him more costly, says the report. READ MORE

And the Telegraph said this:

George Galloway, the controversial left-wing MP thrown out of the Labour Party, tried to charge the taxpayer for the cost of Christmas cards sent from his constituency office. Read More

All in all, I have to say that Galloway is pretty honest when it comes to his expenses. However, I will leave you to judge whether or not George is a man of integrity.

 

So, what about his marriages. Is George a bigamist? He has certainly been married a few times. Once again, the following is from Wikipedia:

 From 1979 to 1999, he was married to Elaine Fyffe, with whom he has a daughter. The couple separated in 1987. In 1994 he married Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad in a Muslim ceremony; a civil ceremony around 2000 followed his first divorce in 1999. His second wife was granted a “quicky” decree at the beginning of 2009, after an estrangement of several years, on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour”. Galloway married his third wife, his Lebanese former researcher Rima Husseini, in a Muslim ceremony in 2007; their first son was born in May 2007. A second son followed in December 2011. In March 2012, Galloway married his fourth wife, Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, a consultant with a Dutch research firm in an Islamic ceremony in Amsterdam.

A lot of Islamic marriages there George. It rather seems to me then, that he is playing it safe by not saying if he is a Muslim or not. Hmmm, I wonder why that is?

“Leave it Spivey, leave it”.

Okay, maybe I should.

You will have noticed from the above, that Wikipedia makes no mention of bigamy, whereas on the other hand, my favourite newspaper does:

 

George Galloway, 58, marries fourth wife 31 years his junior as ex father-in-law accuses him of bigamy

  • Bradford West MP has tied the knot with Dutch-born consultant Putri Gayatri Pertiwi
  • Politician, whose new wife is 31 years his junior, married at the Houses of Parliament on Saturday
  • Father of Mr Galloway’s third wife, Rima, declared he was still married to his daughter
  • Spokesman for MP has vehemently denied accusation of bigamy

By SHARI MILLER

PUBLISHED: 11:10, 23 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:31, 23 September 2013

 

Wife number four: George Galloway outside his London home with new wife Putri Gayatri PertiwiWife number four: George Galloway outside his London home with new wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwi

Politician George Galloway married for the fourth time yesterday – but it was not long before the father of his third wife accused the MP of being a ‘bigamist’.

The 58-year-old tied the knot with Dutch-born consultant Putri Gayatri Pertiwi – who is 31 years his junior – in a civil ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Saturday.

But the father of Mr Galloway’s third wife, Rima, declared he was in fact still married to his daughter.

‘Rima is still legally his wife according to Muslim law, which British law does not accept. He has committed bigamy,’ Haschem Husseini told The Sun.

A spokesman for Mr Galloway confirmed the couple married yesterday and vehemently denied the MP had committed bigamy.

When asked about the accusation that the Bradford West MP is still married, his spokesman replied: ‘Are you suggesting he is a bigamist? I having nothing more to say, whatsoever.’

The Respect leader’s first marriage was to his childhood sweetheart Elaine, in 1979. The couple were married until 1987 and had two children together.

He next tied the knot to Palestinian Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad in 1994 in a Muslim ceremony, and in 2007 he married Lebanese-born Rima. They have a four-year-old son Zain, and a second son, Faris, who was born at the beginning of this year.

In April, Rima launched a bitter verbal assault when it was announced that Mr Galloway had gone through a ceremony with Putri, 27, in Amsterdam.

At that time, the Lebanese researcher said: ‘We are still married under Islamic law. There is a misconception you can have up to four wives in Islam – but it’s just not true in the 21st Century.

‘It may have been the case hundreds of years ago as a way of looking after women in the villages who had lost their husbands, but it doesn’t exist now.

‘It’s just a stupid, man-made thing in some Arab countries. It’s not true. Under Islamic law we remain married.’

The new Mr and Mrs Galloway will continue to live in the £1.4million home they share in Streatham, South London.

 

Childhood sweethearts: George Galloway with his first wife ElaineChildhood sweethearts: George Galloway with his first wife Elaine
Second time round: George Galloway married Amineh Abu-Zayyad in 1994Second time round: George Galloway married Amineh Abu-Zayyad in 1994
George Galloway with third wife Rima HusseiniGeorge Galloway with third wife Rima Husseini

Despite the Daily Mails inexplicable paranoia when my name is mentioned, I have to say that having seen their photographs in the above article, George does have good taste in women. They do however get younger and better looking as he gets older and uglier

In truth, I don’t dislike George anywhere near as much as I do some. However, by the same token, I  have never had much respect for him either.  I did in fact actually tell the two people who informed George about the NSPCC scandal that they wouldn’t get a response from him. And, while no one likes a ‘know it all’, I have to say that George proved me right… Again.

You see, I copped on to the fact that Galloway was an opportunist MP when he appeared in Celebrity Big Brother. There can be no denying that all ‘knob ed celebs’ who take part in these reality shows do so to revive their flagging career. That, to me demonstrates that they are desperate for fame and a desire for fame does not make for a good MP.

A politician should be a person, with an overall desire to work for the good of the people, not because they have an overwhelming desire to be famous. And, while it  may seem that Galloway made the right decision to appear in the TV show in terms of what it did for his political career; I have to say that impressing the Zombie infested nation isn’t hard to do.

In fact to my way of thinking, making yourself look a right cunt on TV just to gain votes from a nation who think that missing an episode of the  X Factor is a life wrecking crisis, only serves to convince me that I am right not to back  him.

I was certainly far from impressed with how he conducted himself. Indeed, he came across as being very vein. As for his mimicking of a Cat! Well, that had to be  one of the most cringe worthy moments ever to grace our TV screens as far as I’m concerned.

You can watch the footage of that cringe inducing moment in an article that reports on how Galloway bailed Pete Burns out of jail by clicking HERE

Now, I realise that a lot of you like Galloway, that’s fine, you are entitled to your opinion. However, I have yet to find an MP who is doing the job for the right reasons. Change for the better will never be brought about under the current system, especially not with the self serving gobshite’s we have in parliament at the moment I’m afraid to say. Therefore, at best, George is no more than the better alternative to the main party alternatives. And that I have to tell you, does not bode well for the future.

Finally. for those waiting for my reply to the NSPCC’s statment about Heirich Grosskopf’, I should have it ready by very late tomorrow or Monday. I can tell you that what I have to say proves beyond all doubt that the NSPCC’s spokesman on this matter, David Springer, is lying through his back teeth.  You’re gonna love it.

Until the next time,

Much love,

Chris.