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    Big questions for Police Scotland

    This is a cross-post from Large Blue Footballs Last summer, the Edinburgh-based, then law student Sophie Stephenson gained notoriety after boasting on Twitter that she had gone out to dinner wearing a Hezbollah T-shirt. At the time, Campaign Against Antisemitism reported Ms Stephenson to the police, alleging that she had committed a criminal offence under section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000. That section reads as follows (emphasis added): Section 13 – Uniform (1) A person in a public place commits an offence if he— (a) wears an item of clothing, or (b) wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse…

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    Closing the loophole: time to clip Hizballah’s “wings”

    This is a guest post by James Mendelsohn On 18 June, just 15 days after the terror attacks in central London, the flag of Hizballah was paraded through central London at the annual Al-Quds Day March, without police intervention. This post argues for an urgent change in the law. Introducing Hizballah* Hizballah, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group, was established in the early 1980s, with the initial aim of driving foreign forces out of Lebanon. Its bombing of French and American bases in Beirut in 1983 claimed 299 lives. It is best known for its hostility towards Israel, culminating in the ruinous 2006 war. More recently, Hizballah has supported President Assad…

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    Some thoughts on Al Quds Day, Sadiq Khan, antisemitism and anti-Muslim prejudice

    This is a guest post by James Mendelsohn No decent person could fail to be appalled by last Sunday’s “Al Quds Day” march through the streets of London. The prospect of Hezbollah flags being paraded through the capital, so soon after the recent terror attacks, was always horrifying. In these circumstances, it is entirely understandable that many called for the march to be banned; or, at least, for a ban on the parading of Hezbollah flags. (In the event, the flags seemed arguably mild in comparison with some of the chilling rhetoric from the front.) It concerns me, however, that many have singled out Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London,…

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    Inter-Varsity Press withdraw Stephen Sizer’s books

    This is a guest post by John Bevan. In these challenging times, here is some positive news: Inter-Varsity Press (IVP), one of Britain’s largest Christian publishers, has withdrawn Stephen Sizer’s books from sale and no longer lists them on its website. How has this come about? Well, a few weeks ago, a friend of mine wrote to IVP, forwarding them a link to this blog post, which argues that IVP were taking a different approach to Sizer than they had taken to other disgraced or discredited authors: IVP withdrew Roy Clements’ books because of his personal conduct [i.e. leaving his wife for a relationship with a male congregant].They withdrew Peter…

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    British Ummah Channel Politics Editor – Government Funded Imam – Europe’s Largest Mosque – All Mourn ‘Apostate’ Killer Qadri’s Death

    This is a guest post by Amjad Khan Mumtaz Qadri had been tried for the murder of Governor Salman Taseer, on the basis that the latter had violated the anti-blasphemy laws of Pakistan. Taseer had campaigned against the Islamic blasphemy laws that are used in Pakistan, arguing that they are used to deliberately oppress minorities “[of those tried under the law] How come over 50 per cent of them are Christians when they form less than 2 per cent of the country’s population. This points clearly to the fact that the law is misused to target minorities.” Many in Pakistan had laid rose petals to commemorate the “martyrdom” of the…

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    WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE ?

    This is a cross post by Amir Pars at Quilliam The original can be viewed here The bird of life is singing on the bough His two eternal notes of “I and thou” O hearken well, for soon the song sings through And would we hear it, we must hear it now Ask me who I regard the greatest Muslim personality of history, and I will struggle to pick one from the abundance of riches. Is it the great Abu Nasr Al-Farabi, known as Alpharabius, who was perhaps the most eminent of philosophers and scientists in the height of the Islamic golden age? A man with insatiable curiosity in science, poetry…

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    Labour fails to shine

    UKIP has taken more than 140 council seats, and averaged 25% of the vote, while the Conservatives lost 335 and the Liberal Democrats lost 124. Labour failed to make any stunning gains raising more questions about its drift to the left and begging the question if not now then when? It confirms without a doubt that UKIP has arrived on the national stage and has interesting implications for the general election for both the main parties and the Lib Dems. The big question for the three is whether UKIP can convert this local showing into anything more solid than a protest vote when it comes to the national stage. The…

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    10 Years of Harry’s Place

    This is a cross post from Phil of A Very Public Sociologist. The view represented is his own and does not represent that of Harry’s Place. We cross post it, with his permission, as it is about us and Phil knew Harry before Harry’s Place. According to their archive, yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the – take your pick – celebrated/notorious Harry’s Place. Whatever you think of the line it pushes, Harry’s Place has played its important part in the evolution of British political blogging – even if only to inspire opponents to take to the field against it. But before writing about Harry’s Place proper, I have a confession…

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    Village People

    This is a cross post from The Islamic Far-Right in Britain Islamic Network have put together what must be the line-up of the year for their four-day event, ‘Islamia Village’: The ’village’ is to run from August 24th-27th at York’s very charming Thorpe Underwood Estate. Punters are invited to “spend a few days with internationally renowned speakers as they discuss important issues that face the Muslims.” Before taking a look at the confirmed speakers lets look at Islamic Network. Founded in 1999, IN is an East London-based charity and dawah organisation. They have organised seminars and conferences at venues such as Regent’s Park Mosque, London Muslim Centre and Muslim World…

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    To Those Who Doubt Me

    This is a cross post by Marc Goldberg from The Times of Israel This is for everyone who wrote me off as naive. Here is some background about me: I haven’t had a clean uniform in 3 weeks, a shower for days or slept in 25 hours. When I do go to sleep it will be with my uniform and boots on and with my loaded rifle by my side. Since 0500 the soundtrack to my day has been the distant thump of Syrian artillery. I am a Paratrooper and proud to serve my people and my country and I am certainly not the only one who does so. I…