The Silence Is Eery, If You Ask Me
It seems to me this story ought to be at least as big as the Danish Cartoon story. For God's sake, a Mosque hailed by the highest authorities of British Islam, as the height of moderation turns out to be an extremist cesspool where Imams regularly call for death to the Infidel and the Jew, and we're ignoring it?
Well, at least this guy isn't. From the Daily Mail in Britain (Thanks to Religion of Pieces):
You may be wondering why the Channel 4 Dispatches expose of extremism inside some of Britain's leading mosques - which I wrote about last week - hasn't had wider coverage or resulted in any arrests.
A number of mad mullahs were filmed over a period of four months preaching hatred against 'kuffaars' (unbelievers) and calling for 'jihad' (holy war).
The reason may be because of a campaign by 'moderate' Muslim organisations to discredit the programme and close down all debate.
On January 7, a week before transmission, Shouaib Ahmed, Secretary General of the Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith organisation, wrote to the producer, Andrew Smith, in menacing terms: "I must remind you that if I or any member of my staff or anyone who worships at the Green Lane Mosque or the Mosque itself are subjected to any form of physical attack as a result of your programme then you will all be liable to prosecution for incitement to commit a criminal act."
So no intimidation there, then. The next day, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies called on its website for a protest in these terms: "We must unite in order to defend ourselves from this onslaught, any debate regarding Islam, should be had by the Muslim community and not by those who seek to divide the Muslims..."
On January 10, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee urged supporters to contact Channel 4.
"A documentary like this could have damaging effects on community relations and cohesion.
"There is fear of potential backlash and attacks on Mosques with heightened Islamophobia."
The same day, the UK Islamic Mission called the programme 'highly reprehensible'.
And on January 12, the MCB itself accused Dispatches of attempting to 'forment (sic) divisions' among Muslims.
None of them, remember, had seen the documentary.
(Pastorius note: No, but we can presume they knew what would be in it, because they have friends who go to that Mosque, if they don't go to it themselves.)
Channel 4 is to be commended for not bowing to this outrageous pressure.
Shouaib Ahmed even defended the use of the word 'kuffaar'.
"This is a neutral term which is used to describe someone who rejects Allah."
Or, in the case of some of the preachers caught on camera, someone who is 'filthy' and should be killed.
Dispatches is not guilty of fomenting division or stirring up 'Islamophobia' - a catch-all smear.
It was a brave and valuable piece of journalism, which 'moderate' Muslims didn't want anyone to see.
I couldn't helping thinking of that placard during the Danish cartoons demo, which read: "Freedom: Go To Hell."
Islamic leaders claim to deplore the hate-mongers, but whenever someone produces evidence of the bloodthirsty maniacs within, they pretend absurdly that it is an attack on all Muslims - which it isn't.
But you can't deny the effectiveness of the 'moderate' Muslim lobby. No mention of the show in Left-wing papers - or even on Channel 4 News. Not a squeak from any of our elected representatives about the preachers of hate.
No sign of any serious police investigation, either.
Our pusillanimous politicians, police chiefs and our 'liberal' media should be ashamed of their cowardice.