£86million scheme to prevent Muslim radicalisation is 'gravy train' for local groups

* Throwing money at “Radical Islam” in the hope that the violent texts of the Koran will vanish in the ozone? Wasting billions of taxpayers money in the vain hope it will pacify those who are religiously obliged to wage war on infidels until the world is Islamic? WTF is wrong with these people? What stops them from reading the texts that drive Muslims to kill and conquer?

More from the “dumber than dirt” department:

An £86 million scheme designed to prevent the radicalisation of young British Muslims is being used as a “gravy train” by some community groups, it has been claimed.

By Martin Beckford,Telegraph UK

The “Preventing Violent Extremism fund” allows councils to give money to local projects in the hope that they will prevent teenagers turning to dangerous forms of Islam.

It was launched by the former Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly, last year and since then has seen £6m spent on trial schemes.

But critics claim large sums of money are being given to projects that do not meet its specific objectives, and are being handed out to community groups without councillors considering them first.

* Propaganda stunts:

A BBC investigation disclosed that grants of up to £30,000 are being distributed by Birmingham City Council for projects such as a photographic exhibition of positive images of the city’s Muslims, and a conference to allow community organisations to meet policy-makers. (that’s like spraying perfume on a turd in the hope the stench goes away/ed)

One woman who was given funding totalling £7,000 said she did not feel the work she did was an effective use of the money.

She told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I did feel at the time that the amount of money I was being offered was rather large for the kind of work and it made me concerned about who gets the money and how they were checking these funds were going to be effectively used.”

Cllr Salma Yaqoob from the Respect party added: “It seems to me that the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda is being used as a gravy train for those willing to toe the Government line, regardless of effectiveness on the ground.”

But Cllr Alan Rudge, who is in charge of PVE money for Birmingham, insisted there had been wide consultation on how best to spend the cash in areas such as work with young people and women, the media and Islamic groups.

Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, also defended the use of the cash, saying: “We have got to work with local authorities. They know their communities and increasingly the councillors are showing political leadership on it and they are now seeing what works.

Imam Hazel Blears:

“What I want to do is strengthen the mainstream moderate Muslims in this country, who are the overwhelming majority, but also those vulnerable youngsters so they have the ability to say ‘You are extreme. Your version of my faith is not correct. I don’t want to be part of that’. That’s difficult, it’s long-term, but we are ahead of many countries across the world in the work we are doing here.”

* Hazel Blears didn’t say who these “moderate Muslims” are and in which way the faith of the “not so moderate” ones is wrong. Wonder why nobody asked her…/ed

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent / Telegraph UK

3 thoughts on “£86million scheme to prevent Muslim radicalisation is 'gravy train' for local groups”

  1. All forms of Islamania are dangerous-some being worse than others. Trying to prevent radicalization is like trying to avoid plague among millions of fleas without getting rid of the rats carrying them.

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