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    Oldham Council Being “Positive”

    “This preacher is a strong supporter of Thomas Mair, the man who murdered Jo Cox MP. But he doesn’t support Anders Breivik. And he’s speaking at a peace conference in town. That’s very positive, isn’t it? Let’s join him on the stage!” This would be an absurd move by any local council. Especially if the person doing it was tasked with tackling extremism. Now step away from the hypothetical and meet reality in Oldham: EXTREMIST clerics from Pakistan have been back to Oldham to speak at a counter terrorism conference. Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman were part of a group of faith leaders who spoke at…

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    Tariq Ramadan Double Talking for Hamas

    Tariq Ramadan is known for his double talk. I don’t know why he bothers. Being slippery does not hide his thinking. It only makes it even more objectionable. You can see him at it again in a speech at Palestine Expo in London last weekend. Hamas are not terrorists. Only bad Israelis make that claim: What we heard from Livni, what we heard from Netanyahu, telling us, you know what, when we are dealing now with terrorism in your country, you are dealing with terrorism, with what happened in Manchester, what happened in London, and we condemn terrorists, we condemn violent extremists, what are they saying? That, you know what,…

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    Platform Pieties, Safe Spaces, and Palestine Expo

    For the champions of righteousness, platform pieties and safe space niceties are central to the struggle. Consider former National Union of Students President Malia Bouattia, for example: The President of the National Union for Students (NUS) has defended the the union’s No Platform policy, claiming places of education should be “safe spaces in which to debate and discuss ideas”. … “We’re not stopping the tearing apart of problematic views and ideas. It’s incredibly naive to believe that unless we provide spaces where racist, xenophobic, homophobic views are aired, that they’re not otherwise known about.” Here are some views which seem distinctly “unsafe” and best suited to pungent platforms. The Human…

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    Ebrahim Bham – A Perfect Preacher for Palestine Expo

    When Ismail Patel and his Friends of al-Aqsa group organise a conference on Palestine, one can be confident that the speakers will be suitable for the cause. Namely, hating Israel and loving Hamas. This is Mr Patel’s lifelong mission. Sure enough, the prominent South African preacher Ebrahim Bham is on the bill for Mr Patel’s Palestine Expo, which will be held next weekend at the QE II Centre in Westminster. Mr Bham’s preaching record shows that he is a perfect match for Mr Patel. The Israeli People? Nazis! In a sermon on Israel, Bham knows exactly where to turn. Tell people the Israelis are like the Nazis. First he quotes…

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    Al Quds Day – Let’s Help Some Confused Khomeinists

    The Khomeinists of the self-styled Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) appear to be confused. Ahead of their annual “Al Quds Day” Israel hatred march, scheduled for this Sunday in London, they have issued this statement: Flags: participants are welcome to bring flags that show solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Flags of proscribed (illegal) organisations will not be allowed. For example, you can bring a Hizbullah flag to show support for the political wing of Hizbullah. This is because the political wing of Hizbullah is not a proscribed organisation. Let’s help the poor dears with this silly “wings” fiction of European diplomacy. This line should bring them hurtling back to the…

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    The Jabir Bin Zayid Mosque and the Limits of Tolerance

    Let’s say a far right group is in a spot of bother. A rival group has accused it of not being properly hardcore. It risks losing followers and needs to act. So it puts these words up on its website: How dare you slander us. We say the penalty for following Islam is stoning to death. Some of us add that stoning is not enough – the criminals should be hanged too. This has always been our position on the horrible crime of following Islam. How long before the howls of outrage sweep across the land and the cops pay the group a visit? Not long at all, I reckon,…

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    John McDonnell and Plan B

    What to do if parliamentary democracy and elections deal you blow after cruel blow? As Labour reels, this is the question. How about John McDonnell dusting off his “insurrection!” Plan B, presented at this meeting in London in 2013. To the streets!

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    Imams Jekyll and Hyde

    Oh happy days! I am elated. A libel claim brought against the BBC by Chief Imam, Shakeel Begg, has been dismissed today. Mr Begg, the Chief Imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, sought damages against the BBC for libel in respect of a broadcast of Sunday Politics presented by Andrew Neil on BBC One, 3 November 2013. He denied being an extremist speaker who had recently promoted and encouraged religious violence by telling Muslims that it would constitute a man’s greatest deeds. Today in a written judgment The Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave dismissed the claim stating that Shakeel Begg was “something of a Jekyll and Hyde character” whose “speeches and postings,…

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    Hate preacher Hanif Qureshi and Tanveer Ahmed

    One Tanveer Ahmed is too many. Proud to Kill Mr Ahmed is the man who murdered Glasgow shopkeeper and Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah in March of this year. His motive? Religious hatred, proudly displayed. Ahmed simply waited for the police to arrest him after killing Shah, keen to tell them why he did it. Then he pleaded guilty, doubtless certain of reward from his Allah, with the words “no one has the right to disrespect the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad”. Even when he was sent down in August, Ahmed remained defiant. As he was led from the dock on Tuesday, Ahmed raised a clenched fist and shouted in Arabic:…