From the BBC
Nearly 60 imams and leaders of Muslim organisations have signed an open letter to the government accusing it of criminalising Islam. They say that the “terror threat” is being exploited for political capital in the run-up to the general election.
Signatories include ex-journalist Yvonne Ridley, former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and members of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
This is an initiative from the oxymoronic Islamic Human Rights Commission, the same organisation that bring us the Al Quds march every year, and awarded the murdered cartoonists of the Charlie Hebdo magazine the title of International Islamophobe Of The Year’ at their ceremonial dinner last week. They really are a choice outfit. Among other things they say:
We deplore the continued public targeting of Muslims through endless ‘anti-terror’ laws. There have been around ten pieces of legislation since the year 2000, all giving huge powers to the state, which have fuelled a media hysteria even though in most cases no crime was committed. This has created a distressing and harmful backlash towards Muslims, especially women and children.
We reject the portrayal of Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat. The latest Act of Parliament, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, threatens to create a ‘McCarthyite’ witch-hunt against Muslims, with nursery workers, schoolteachers and Universities expected to look out for signs of increased Islamic practice as signs of ‘radicalisation’.
…it is unacceptable to label as ‘extremist’ numerous normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues, founded on the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), implying there is a link between them and violence, using such labels as an excuse to silence speakers.
The signatories are in alphabetical order. Which makes the first name the well known preacher of hate Abdurraheem Green. Also Ibrahim Hewitt of the Trojan Horse plot. Jahangir Mohammed and Moazzam Begg of Cage. The daddy of hate preachers Haitham al Haddad. Another hate preacher Uthman Latif. Useful idiot Lauren Booth. Stockholm syndrome opportunist Yvonne Ridley. Shakeel Begg of Lewisham Mosque who mentored Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. Azad Ali of the UAF. And the rest.