Qaradawi, of course. Another sign that Britain simply isn’t facing this threat in its fullness. From the TimesOnline, with thanks to a tea-loving snail:
A MUSLIM cleric who has defended suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq is to be allowed into Britain next month for an international conference.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 79, who has a visa to come to Britian but is banned from entering the United States, has been asked to attend the conference in Manchester.
The invitation will be seen as the first test of the Government’s promise after the London bombings to clamp down on hardline Islamic preachers and other extremist clerics.
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is expected to let Dr Qaradawi enter Britain despite having the power to ban him on the grounds that his presence is not “conducive to the public good” and is a threat to public order.
Dr Qaradawi is banned from the United States because of his pronouncements on suicide bombs and his links with the Muslim Brotherhood, believed to be the religion’s oldest fundamentalist organisation.