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"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."

I have voted Liberal Democrat for 20 years but as the "Left" declines further and further into insanity and leaves me further and further to the "Right", I see no alternative but to vote for the BNP (or another right-of-centre party should one appear). Tired of seeing the ever increasing number of rabid, ludicrous, hate-filled, "left-wing" blogs, I thought I'd better participate. Now it seems this makes me a racist, fascist, Islamophobic, "Zio-Nazi" (!), crusading white supremacist! I'm such an enigma, even to myself.

Islamophobia - an entirely rational recognition of the threat posed by radical Islam.

Racist/Fascist/Islamophobe/Etc. - anyone who recognises said threat or attempts to resist the global jihad.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

SNP plays dangerous with hardline Islam allies

Private Eye
No. 1219
19 Sept - 2 Oct 2008


How much longer will Alex Salmond be able to convince the Scottish press and people that he's not a grubby nationalist who fans sectarian hatreds, but a modern politician leading Scotland to a tolerant future? A scandal is looming north of the border that threatens to tarnish the oily one's gleaming image perhaps irrevocably.

Last month the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations condemned Salmond's government for giving £400,000 to the Scottish Islamic Foundation. The foundation is headed by one Osama Saeed, who just happens to be the Scottish National Party's parliamentary candidate in Glasgow Central. As Stephen Maxwell, the council's director, said, it was "unusual, to say the least" that public money was handed over to a body which had neither been incorporated as a company nor registered as a charity at the time the grant was given.

As Labour and Liberal Democrat members of the Scottish parliament push for an inquiry, they would do well to listen to the Scottish Muslim groups which Salmond won't fund. They say the Scottish Islamic Foundation does not represent their or any other tolerant version of Islam.

Saeed's membership of the SNP is not his only interesting connection. His Islamic Foundation is in fact a front organisation for the Muslim Brotherhood which wants to create a global Caliphate (motto: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.") Saeed is an enthusiastic supporter and was furious when Nicky Campbell of BBC Radio 5 accurately reported that Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, had ruled that wife beating and female circumcision were fine, and that gays, Israelis and apostates deserved death. "This is truly unacceptable from the BBC," Saeed declared.

The Brotherhood's main aim in Scotland is to establish Muslim faith schools, controlled by Saeed's allies, naturally. At the launch of the Scottish Islamic Foundation, Saeed praised Muslim schools in England where children are taught the Koran, boys and girls are segregated and the latter wear the hijab. Salmond stood beside him and pledged state funding.

Amanullah de Sondy, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Glasgow University, believes faith schools "will further reinforce isolationist approaches to education and hamper attempts at building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims", and says: "I have nothing against the Scottish Islamic Foundation... but they are not representative of the Muslim community." But Salmond didn't listen. He seems to want to make the Scottish Islamic Foundation / Muslim Brotherhood the authentic voice of Scottish Islam, in the hope that it will return the favour by helping the SNP take Muslim votes from Labour.

The Kelvinside numpties who control BBC Scotland are equally impressed and have also been flirting with radical Islamic chic.

About the only Muslim voices they allow listeners to hear are those of Saeed and Aamer Anwar, a solicitor and former Socialist Workers' Party activist who was nearly done for contempt of court after he claimed that a wannabe-terrorist, convicted of possessing CDs and videos of guerrilla tactics and bomb-making, was just "doing what millions of young people do every day -- looking for answers on the internet".

So large has the Muslim Brotherhood influence grown in Scottish politics and broadcasting that the high commissioner for Pakistan, Dr Maleha Lodhi, used a speech at Glasgow University last year to urge Scottish Muslims to speak up for themselves and not allow the men with the loudest voices to be seen as their sole representatives.

Some hope. As Salmond dreams of becoming the first ruler of an independent Scotland in three centuries, the bonds between nationalism and Islamism are growing tighter. He is talking of putting representatives of the Scottish Islamic Foundation on to commissions investigating the future of Trident and sending them as ambassadors to the Middle East. As for those Scots, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, who don't believe in sexual segregation and the theology of al-Qaradawi, Salmond is riding so high in the polls he thinks he can tell them to get stuffed.


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Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist because they have been mis-educated and de-educated by the British schooling. Muslim children are confused because they are being educated in a wrong place at a wrong time in state schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers. They face lots of problems of growing up in two distinctive cultural traditions and value systems, which may come into conflict over issues such as the role of women in the society, and adherence to religious and cultural traditions. The conflicting demands made by home and schools on behaviour, loyalties and obligations can be a source of psychological conflict and tension in Muslim youngsters. There are also the issues of racial prejudice and discrimination to deal with, in education and employment. They have been victim of racism and bullying in all walks of life. According to DCSF, 56% of Pakistanis and 54% of Bangladeshi children has been victims of bullies. The first wave of Muslim migrants were happy to send their children to state schools, thinking their children would get a much better education. Than little by little, the overt and covert discrimination in the system turned them off. There are fifteen areas where Muslim parents find themselves offended by state schools.

The right to education in one’s own comfort zone is a fundamental and inalienable human right that should be available to all people irrespective of their ethnicity or religious background. Schools do not belong to state, they belong to parents. It is the parents’ choice to have faith schools for their children. Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim teacher or a child in a Muslim school. There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be designated as Muslim community schools. An ICM Poll of British Muslims showed that nearly half wanted their children to attend Muslim schools. There are only 143 Muslim schools. A state funded Muslim school in Birmingham has 220 pupils and more than 1000 applicants chasing just 60.

Majority of anti-Muslim stories are not about terrorism but about Muslim culture--the hijab, Muslim schools, family life and religiosity. Muslims in the west ought to be recognised as a western community, not as an alien culture.
Iftikhar Ahmad


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