From theÂ Daily ExpressÂ thanks to Esmeralda
THREE Islamic converts who were jailed for threatening non-believers in self-styled Muslim Patrol vigilante attacks were today banned from promoting Sharia Law in Britain.
Converts Jordan Horner, 20, Ricardo McFarlane, 26, and Royal Barnes, 23, have been handed Antisocial Behavioural Orders (Asbos) which forbid them from forcing their views on others.
Judge Timothy Pontius admitted the order was “drastic” but at the Old Bailey added: “With the public interest in mind and the safety of individual members of the public in particular, it seems to me essential that these orders should be granted to run for that period of time.”
They were also forbidden from associating with each other and radical clerics Anjem Choudary and Dean Le Page, both leading members of banned group al-Muhajiroun, later known as Muslims Against Crusades, unless in peaceful worship in a mosque.Â Hope springs eternal in the human breast.Â
Horner was also barred from being in possession of a megaphone which he had previously used to shout abuse at non Muslims. The Asbos will last five years but the converts could be recalled to jail if they breach them.
In other news:
Far Right EDL targets LEGOLAND after park hired by Muslim cleric for kids’ HALAL fun day
The English Defence League and the neo-Nazi linked Casuals United are threatening a demonstration at the park in Windsor, Berkshire, on March 9 when thousands Muslim youngsters and parents will celebrate a day of “Halal entertainment”.
The abuse became so upsetting for Legoland fans and staff that police asked the company to take down its Facebook account while they investigated.
The park is being hired out exclusively to the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF) and its allied organisations.
The MRDF, based in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, is run by Haitham al-Haddad, who has been banned from speaking at a number of British universities due to his anti-Western views.
Family Fun Day is a family centred event where we aim to bring Halal entertainment for Muslim families in the West
Muslim Research and Development Foundation
The ultra conservative British cleric, who is of Palestinian origin, is a member of the Islamic Sharia Council.
He believes music should be banned, that men and women should be segregated, and is a leader of a campaign to build a massive mega-mosque close to the Olympic Park in east London.
Videos of his teachings and sermons are widely viewed on YouTube and there are mixed views about him in the wider British Muslim community.
Some point out that many Christian and Jewish leaders also hold “extreme” views on homosexuality, but others say he is an “outright homophobe” who should not be influencing young children.
His MRDF charity earned Â£260,000 in 2012 and it has a growing influence.
It attracted controversy last November when it hired out the Chessington World of Adventures theme park in Surrey for an Eid Fun Day.
The charity said because that event was so successful, it decided to hold another one at Legoland whose season officially starts five days later on March 14.
As such the park is being hired out privately and it is likely only Muslim families will attend.
Tickets are being sold for Â£17 and coaches will depart from the East London Mosque in Whitechapel that morning.
The organisers’ website reads: “By the Grace of Allah, on the back of our highly successful 1st Eid Fun Day at Chessington World of Adventures – we are launching our 2nd Family Fun Day at Legoland Windsor Resort – with the hope that the two events will become the standard and annual fundays for decades to come, insha’Allah.
“Family Fun Day is a family centred event where we aim to bring Halal entertainment/environments for Muslim families in the West.
“The aim is to provide a true alternative in which like minded families can enjoy safe and enjoyable time while at the same time conducive to their faith.”
However, there are fears they will encounter protesters from the far right when they arrive.
The message from the warden reads: “Muslim welcome. We hate Christians.”
Tom Bursnall, a Ukip councillor in Windsor, said there was “a great deal of resentment building up against Legoland” in the town.
He said: “There should be a peaceful demonstration. Residents are up in arms about this.
“They’re astonished Legoland is hiring itself out to man who promotes such sinister views.”
“This is a commercial arrangement and something we do very regularly out of season – welcoming special interest, social and business groups of all sorts.
“We certainly do not discriminate in any way.”
A message on Legoland’s Facebook page reads: “The removal of the page was requested by the Thames Valley Police as an investigation is currently underway to identify those responsible for some of our wall posts, private messages, phone calls and emails.
“Anyone posting or thinking of posting offensive and threatening messages on this page or other social media sites should be aware that the Thames Valley Police are monitoring the situation closely and we will not hesitate to take robust and swift action against anyone engaging in this type of activity.”
Mr al-Haddad is a trustee of the MRDF, which said in a statement yesterday: “The Family Funday 2014 at Legoland is an opportunity for the UK public to gather with British Muslims in a relaxed family environment.
“It is open to people from all faiths and cultures in an open and welcoming environment without the promotion of any particular ideology.
“The real concern here is the threat to the cohesion of our community by far right groups linked to the EDL and Christian Patrols.
“We should not be intimidated by violent threats to our way of life.
“MRDF, a charity governed by English Law, have consistently promoted non-violence and political participation in the UK.
“All of our volunteers, staff and trustees are well respected members of the community and have worked in varies capacities as promoters of harmony and respect among all communities.”