More predictable outrage at the Telegraph for the Will Cummins articles, which you can find here and here and should read in their entirety, rather than relying on the bits quoted below. And once again: what did Will Cummins say that was actually false? Does Osama bin Laden not have a black heart? Does he not cloak all his actions in the mantle of Islamic doctrines and Qur’an quotations? And are not his views shared by millions — to the extent that toys are manufactured celebrating his black deeds? Doesn’t the truth matter anymore? From Reuters, with thanks to Anthony.
LONDON (Reuters) – The country’s largest Muslim group has called for the sacking of the Sunday Telegraph’s editor over a series of articles attacking “the black heart of Islam”.
The author of four opinion pieces in the traditionally conservative newspaper described Islam as a “supranationalist army and state” and compared Muslims to dogs.
A media hunt for the author, who penned his views under a pseudonym, led to the communications office of the British Council, a state-funded body that aims to promote British culture abroad.
The British Council said on Wednesday it had sacked the author of the articles, Harry Cummins. The MCB, an umbrella body for over 400 Muslim groups, called for the Telegraph Group to follow suit by sacking editor Dominic Lawson.
“We are dismayed that the Telegraph Group have yet to take any action against the editor of the Sunday Telegraph,” said the MCB’s Abdul Bari in a statement.
One article said Britain feared Islam. “It is the black heart of Islam, not its black face, to which millions object,” Cummins wrote.
The articles, which the Telegraph published alongside other opinion pieces offering a more complimentary view of the country’s 2 million Muslims, triggered scores of complaints.