Also identified as “the groups that fail to speak out and condemn violence when any reasonable person would be outraged.” So much for being straightforward.
“Time to tackle the non-violent extremists, says Smith,” from the Guardian, December 11 (thanks to Jeffry Imm):
The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, yesterday said the government’s counter-terrorism strategy had to extend to challenging non-violent extremist groups that “skirt the fringes of the law … to promote hate-filled ideologies”.
Smith did not name them, but she urged local authorities and the police to tackle extremist groups that were targeting mosques and community centres to create the idea that being Muslim and being British were incompatible.
“They may not explicitly promote violence, but they can create a climate of fear and distrust where violence becomes more likely,” she told a London conference of more than 700 local authority, police and community leaders discussing ways to prevent violent extremism.
“These are the groups that fail to speak out and condemn violence when any reasonable person would be outraged.”
Smith added that both the far right and those “peddling their particular brand of antidemocratic ideology in the guise of religion” were “trying to create the idea that being Muslim and being British are incompatible”. The home secretary said young Muslims were having to put up with threats, intimidation and general abuse and cited a case in Derby where an extremist group sought to take over a community centre…