What Quaradawi really wants:
*Â Livingstone says that Al-Qaradawi doesn’t support jihad against the West. Apparently the jihad against Israel, in the context of which this great reformist Sheikh has defended suicide attacks, is just fine with Red Ken. “Ken Livingstone defends his extremist backer,” by Aislinn Simpson in the Telegraph (via DW)
Ken Livingstone defended his decision to share a platform with a homophobic Islamic preacher as he and his challenger, Boris Johnson, were neck and neck in the race for the capital yesterday.
Red Ken goes whoring for the gay vote
Red Ken Livingstone likes to hunt with the hounds and run with the fox. Last week he was promising the last few parts of London to the Moslems in return for their votes, such is his desperation to cling onto power.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi has described homosexuality as an “unnatural and evil practice” and said the Koran permitted wife-beating in certain circumstances.
The Qatar-based Egyptian cleric has also advocated the use of Palestinian children as suicide bombers and once claimed that Asian tsunami victims were punished by Allah because their countries were centres of perversion.
But speaking on BBC1’s Politics Show yesterday, the London Mayor insisted he was right to welcome the cleric to City Hall as an “honoured guest” in July 2004. He said that while he did not agree with some of his views, al-Qaradawi did not support terrorism against the West. “He is a man who is prepared to say al-Qa’eda is wrong and to be very strong in that condemnation,” he said….
But Boris goes whoring too:
Boris is everything to all men.
“My grandfather was a Muslim and so was my great-grandfather. I am proud of my Muslim ancestry.”
*Â So which bits is Boris proud of? The murders of millions of people? The paedophilia of their prophet? Honour killings? When will Boris tell us?
London mayoral candidate has to say ‘Islam is a religion of peace” — after saying Islam was the problem after 7/7
Tory London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson was forced to defend his stance on Islam, insisting he believed it was a “religion of peace”.
Mr Johnson has been criticised for an article he wrote in the wake of the 7/7 London terror attacks in 2005 claiming “Islam is the problem”.
But Mr Johnson said the problem was extremists taking the words of the Koran ‘out of context’.
He said: “The problem is people who wrench out of context quotes from the holy book of Islam, the Koran, and use it to inspire evil in men’s hearts.
“That is a fact that few serious people would deny and we need to tackle the extremists.”
*Â Indeed, but few serious people also have noticed that this much-discussed true, peaceful context of the Qur’an’s violent verses has never actually been produced, or that Islamic theological tradition tends to favor a more violent understanding.
But the MCB’s Bunglawussy ain’t buying any:
* Watch out, Boris: the ummah has a long memory…