“London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s Defense of Islamist Cleric Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi,” from MEMRI, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
This past summer, Islamist cleric Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi visited London to establish the International Council of Muslim Clerics. He was hosted by London Mayor Ken Livingstone at City Hall. The visit was surrounded by criticism of Mayor Livingstone for hosting the sheikh, who is considered a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and who also heads The European Council for Fatwa and Research.
In response to the continued criticism, Mayor Livingstone called a January 11, 2005 press conference, at which he released a report defending Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi and demanded that the British media apologize for condemning Al-Qaradhawi’s visit.
In other words, don’t report what Qaradawi actually said about supporting jihad and suicide bombing (“It’s not suicide, it is martyrdom in the name of God, Islamic theologians and jurisprudents have debated this issue. Referring to it as a form of jihad, under the title of jeopardising the life of the mujahideen. It is allowed to jeopardise your soul and cross the path of the enemy and be killed.”) Just ignore it. Remember: there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism. That WTC thing, it was all in your mind.