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September 7, 2007
Your Depressing Story about the War on Terror for Today
With the sword of Mohammed poised above their heads, the British, it appears, are not willing to do anything to keep the blade from falling:
Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to “shed blood” for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found. The issue is not freedom of religion. That freedom vanishes when hate and calls for violence are spouted from places of "worship."
Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in line to become the spiritual leader of the Deobandi sect in Britain. The ultra-conservative movement, which gave birth to the Taleban in Afghanistan, now runs more than 600 of Britain’s 1,350 mosques, according to a police report seen by The Times.
The Times investigation casts serious doubts on government statements that foreign preachers are to blame for spreading the creed of radical Islam in Britain’s mosques and its policy of enouraging the recruitment of more “home-grown” preachers. Mr ul Haq, 36, was educated and trained at an Islamic seminary in Britain and is part of a new generation of British imams who share a similar radical agenda. He heaps scorn on any Muslims who say they are “proud to be British” and argues that friendship with a Jew or a Christian makes “a mockery of Allah’s religion”.
And the problem is only going to get worse as more radical Islamists graduate from religious schools and take up residence among the faithful, pushing their agenda of hate and loathing of the west. The fact that the authorities appear unwilling to do anything about this mess leads me to believe they were hoping no one would notice.
But it will be hard not to pay attention when the next terrorist attack in Britain is carried out by home grown jihadists, born and bred in Great Britain, nurtured by democracy, and then turned to violence by Imams in their own neighborhood mosques.