Remember Denis MacShane? He was the British Foreign Office minister who told British Muslims that they must “must make a choice between the ‘British way’ of political dialogue and Islamic terrorism.” For that he was roasted on both sides by the multiculturalist establishment and British Muslim leaders, who made him apologize several times. In one of them, he said: “I apologise to anyone who felt that I suggested that British Muslims sympathise with…terrorist actions.”
So my question now is: can Denis MacShane get an apology from the people who put these leaflets in the mosque in Birmingham?
From icBirmingham, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
Hundreds of leaflets urging Muslims to become terrorist fighters have been distributed at a Midland mosque.
Police have been called in to investigate after the flyers were found at Birmingham Central Mosque last week.
The leaflets urge worshippers to become Mujahideen fighters and ask them to ‘pray for death and decay to be visited upon the West’.
The literature bears the name of a group called Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamah, which mosque officials say is often used as an alias for the Al Muhajiroun group.
Al Muhajiroun, a small radical organisation which has called for a British Islamic state, has been accused of inciting terrorism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.
Mosque chairman Dr Mohammed Naseem warned that the leaflets could act as a recruitment aid for would-be terrorists.
“It is very worrying,” he said. “These leaflets appear to be encouraging Muslims to become Mujahideen fighters.
“This sort of thing getting into the wrong hands is very dangerous.
“They are the views of a minority of people but young, impressionable Muslims may read this and think they should be doing these things.
“I shall be showing the leaflets to our community policeman and asking him for advice.”
That’s great. I’m glad he is going to do that. But he should also be initiating an aggressive program to refute Al-Muhajiroun’s reasons why Muslims should wage jihad against the West. Go to that group’s website, and their material is full of quotes from the Qur’an and Islamic authorities. Until moderate Muslims respond to this sort of thing, jihad violence will not end. But of course in this they face an uphill battle, for the texts are not on their side.