Mercy or Mugs? Is it Un-Christian To Revoke Shamima Begum’s Citizenship?editor
Since the above interview was aired, Shamima Begum’s baby has died.
The mother of Shamima Begum has urged the government to reconsider the decision to revoke her daughter’s British citizenship.
A letter to the Home Office from the family’s lawyer – written on behalf of Asma Begum – asked the Home Office to do so as “an act of mercy”.
It said this was in light of the news the teenager’s newborn son had died last week. Ms Begum left London to join the Islamic State group when she was 15.
When she was found in a Syrian refugee camp last month, she gave an interview in which she said did not regret joining IS. Click here to read entire BBC report
Do Christian charity and mercy apply here? Should this young woman, who has lost three children since she left the UK to join IS, be allowed back into the UK, given the circumstances of her life now in war-torn Syria? Or would that make “mugs” of the Government and peoples of the UK?
Is there a right and a wrong way to deal with this situation? Note that Shamima says in the above interview that she really only became interested in religion before she left for Syria (when she was fifteen). She’s not expressed regret or repentance, and, in fact, horrified us all by saying (in another widely televised interview) that she was unfazed at the sight of heads in bins, but maybe her ability in English lessons was as impoverished as her religious education – maybe she just doesn’t know how to find the words to express regret. Or am I clutching at straws?
The one question that nobody has raised however, not any of the news interviewers or commentators is this: why on earth does she want to return to the UK when Islamic State seeks to destroy the west. I don’t get it. Do you?