Secret plans to stop the spread of extremism among young Muslims. Do they include ways to counter the radicals’ interpretation of the Qur’an and Sunnah? I doubt it: Western societies have trouble even admitting that the radicals use the Qur’an and Sunnah in the first place. From The Telegraph, with thanks to Filtrat:
Downing Street has drawn up secret plans to prevent the spread of extremism among young Muslims after confidential studies found that there are up to 10,000 “active” supporters of al-Qa’eda in Britain.
Reports commissioned by the Government, details of which were leaked to The Sunday Times, found that many young Muslims are recruited from among the poor and jobless, who are regarded by al-Qa’eda chiefs as more susceptible to exploitation.
According to a Whitehall audit, Muslims are three times more likely to be jobless than the average member of the population.
The studies also cite evidence from MI5 that al-Qa’eda is seeking out middle-class recruits in universities. There are also recruitment operations in schools.
In March Sir Andrew Turnbull, the Cabinet Secretary, initiated a strategy to try to establish the roots of discontent among young Muslims.
Dozens of Whitehall officials have been ordered to work on how to improve relations with the Muslim community and to encourage Muslim clerics to adopt moderate views.
Radical imams will be thoroughly vetted and, if they do not agree to comply with the Government’s demands, will be barred.