But I really really did not expect this.
The Muslim Council of Britain and their main cheerleaders, Bob Lambert’s European Muslim Research Centre, are now in bed with … the Moonies!
The EMRC is based at Exeter University. It is funded by two Muslim Brotherhood front groups – the Cordoba Institute and Islam Expo – and its board includes Bashir Nafi who was a senior operative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
Hilariously, they also seem to have roped in Canon Guy Wilkinson, the Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The book, 7/7: Muslim Perspectives, will be launched on 7 July 2010 at the House of Lords, at an event supported by the Universal Peace Federation and European Muslim Research Centre, University of Exeter.
Canon Guy Wilkinson, National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser & Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, said of the book “Those responsible, we need to be reminded, were respecters neither of humanity nor of religion. If this book enables more people to be respecters of both, then it will have contributed to the wellbeing of British society.”
Robert Lambert and Jonathan Githens-Mazer of the European Muslim Research Centre, University of Exeter, argue that a failure to hold a public inquiry into 7/7 has led to many misunderstandings about its causes. This in turn has allowed religiously observant and politically active Muslims to be demonised as ‘radical’ or ‘extremist’ by ill-informed commentators and politicians. For them “This is an excellent book that challenges Islamophobic accounts of Muslims that have grown alarmingly since 7/7”.
In a joint statement, Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali of the Universal Peace Federation said, “The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is supporting the book launch of ‘7/7 Muslim Perspectives’ because facilitating dialogue and understanding between communities is central to UPF’s vision. It is good to hear firsthand accounts from Muslim men and women. Through the humanity and compassion in their testimonies a wider common ground can be perceived by concerned non-Muslim Britons. This is particularly necessary at this time of tension over immigration and the rise of the BNP”.
Obviously, the Moonies don’t describe themselves as Moonies. But that’s most certainly who the Universal Peace Federation are. The religious affairs commentator, Richard Bartholomew is the expert on that subject.