British police are afraid that closing down mosque that exhort Muslims to wage violent jihad “may be seen as an attack on Islam,” and assert that there are better ways to deal with the problem.
So fair and foul an example of dhimmitude and wrongheadedness I have not seen. Beckley should realize that the threat to close down mosques that preach jihad and the overthrow — by peaceful and/or violent means — of the British state could be the only thing that could mobilize peaceful Muslims in Britain to act against the jihadists and root them out of their communities. Or if they didn’t do so, then at least we would know where the Muslims in Britain really stand.
“Worship closure plan criticised,” from the BBC, with thanks to Daffersd:
Top police officers have criticised plans to allow the shutting down of places of worship such as mosques suspected of inciting extremism.
In their response to proposals to give courts the power to close such premises, police warned there were better ways to deal with the problem.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Beckley of the Association of Chief Police Officers said it was a “blunt tool”.
“This proposal might be seen as an attack on religion,” he said.
A consultation period on the plans, first mooted by Prime Minister Tony Blair in August, ended three weeks ago.
In response ACC Beckley, who is responsible for Acpo’s community relations, said the plan could be seen as specifically targeting Islam.
“Being radical, being extreme in itself is not an offence,” he said….
In other words, preaching the subversion of the British state and its replacement by a Sharia government — by peaceful means — is just fine by Beckley. Time to measure this man for a zunnar. His sanguine attitude toward Hizb-ut-Tahrir is another indication that he doesn’t have a clue of what Britain is really up against:
The government is also considering banning the radical Muslim group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
ACC Beckley told Today: “They proclaim themselves to be against violence – what we need to do is test that but not just automatically ban them because there are some radicals within their organisation.
“There are individuals who we might be wanting to take action against or to look at very closely.”
He added: “Extremism and radicalism, where it is not an offence – we don’t want to drive that underground.”