Britain’s secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has apologized for firing prominent conservative philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton over an interview with the New Statesman that initially made him appear anti-Semitic and Islamophobic.
In the initial controversial report from the interview published in April, Scruton, 75, was quoted as saying there was a “[George] Soros empire in Hungary” but the report did not include that he continued: “It’s not necessarily an empire of Jews, that’s such nonsense.”
He was also quoted as saying “each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one,” but it was later accepted he was criticizing the Chinese Communist Party rather than Chinese people themselves.
Scruton was also accused of saying Islamophobia is a “propaganda word” but it was later revealed that he also said: “Muslims who settle into the Meccan way of life are obviously perfect citizens. They have the inner serenity that the citizen should have. We ought to learn to appreciate that – and encourage it.”
The New Statesman has since apologized to Scruton, saying tweets about the interview “did not accurately represent his views.”
“After its publication online, links to the article were tweeted out together with partial quotations from the interview – including a truncated version of the quotation regarding China above. We acknowledge that the views of Professor Scruton were not accurately represented in the tweets to his disadvantage. We apologize for this, and regret any distress that this has caused Sir Roger,” the publication said.
Prior to the controversy, Scruton had served as chair of Britain’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, which was formed in November 2018 to “raise the level of debate regarding the importance of beauty” in new housing development.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair