| In not so great britain, the cowards - Extremely Selective Free Speech by Judith Bergman
| Friday, October 13, 2017
|The issue is not hate preachers visiting the UK from abroad. While banning them from campuses will leave them with fewer venues, it by no means solves the larger issue, which is that they will continue their Dawah or proselytizing elsewhere.
The question probably should be: Based on available evidence, are those assessments of Islam accurate? Particularly compared to current messages that seemingly are considered "conducive to the public good."
At around the same time as the two neo-Nazi groups were banned at the end of September 2017, Home Secretary Amber Rudd refused to ban Hezbollah's political wing in the UK. Hezbollah itself, obviously, does not distinguish between its 'political' and 'military' wings. In other words, you can go ahead and support Hezbollah in the UK, no problem. Support the far right and you can end up in jail for a decade.
Apparently, 112 events featuring extremist speakers took place on UK
campuses in the academic year 2016/2017, according to a recent report
by Britain's Henry Jackson society: "The vast majority of the extreme
speakers recorded in this report are Islamist extremists, though one
speaker has a background in Far-Right politics...." That one speaker was
Tommy Robinson both of whose events were cancelled, one due to hundreds
of students planning to demonstrate to protest his appearance. The
report does not mention student protests at any of the Islamist events.
The topics of the Islamist speakers included:
Read it all here..................
"Dawah Training... to teach students the fundamentals of
preaching to others... Western foreign policy towards the Islamic world
in general... Grievances...perceived attacks on Muslims and Islam in the
UK... [calling for] scrapping of Prevent and other government
counter-extremism measures [critiquing] arrest and detention of
terrorism suspects... [challenging] ideas such as atheism and
skepticism... religious socio-economic governance, focusing on the role
of religion in fields such as legislation, justice... finance...
religious rulings or interpretations, religious verses or other texts,
important historical or scriptural figures..."
London was the region with the highest number of events, followed by
the South East, according to the report. The most prolific speakers were
affiliated to the Muslim Debate Initiative, the Islamic Education and
Research Academy (iERA), the Muslim Research and Development Foundation
(MRDF), the Hittin Institute, Sabeel, and CAGE. Most speakers were
invited by Islamic student societies, and a high proportion of the talks
took place during campus events such as "Discover Islam Week", "Islam
Awareness Week" and "Islamophobia Awareness Month".
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:28 AM