Actually, it’s unlikely that he was a Methodist, since this story starts talking about jihadi websites. But rest assured, I will not rest in my determination to find a living, breathing illustration of what everyone knows to be true: that the Bible is just as violent, and just as likely to inspire violent acts, as the Qur’an. And that there is no essential difference between Western, Judeo-Christian culture and Islamic culture. After all, everyone knows these things are true, just as everyone knows that the threat of terrorism is over and the Islam and the Qur’an have nothing whatsoever to do with the upcoming election. Everyone knows these things. We’ll find some proof eventually.
Anyway, this arrest could ultimately mean one less hole in Blackburn, Lancashire. “Terror police arrest in Blackburn,” from the BBC, August 26 (thanks to Charles Martel):
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Blackburn under the Terrorism Act, Lancashire Police said.
He was arrested at 0640 BST and an address in Whalley Range is being searched by specialist officers.
The arrest was part of an investigation by Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit.
BBC News has been told the arrest is part of an ongoing inquiry into threats made against Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at the beginning of this year.
Ch Supt Andy Rhodes said police would “endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible”, but inquiries can be “complex and may take time”.
“This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give,” he said.
He thanked locals for their co-operation and said he would “ensure people are kept updated in relation to the investigation”.
Police Community Support Officers have been distributing leaflets explaining the anti-terror operation to locals.
Threats against the prime minister and his predecessor were made in January on a recognised jihadi website, by a group calling itself “al-Qaeda in Britain”.
They also demanded the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the release of Muslim prisoners from Belmarsh prison….