“These people were slagging off Britain and trying to convert people to Islam. They were quite confrontational.” They were “aiming to give them a taste of a Britain under Shari’ah Islamic law” — including Islam’s little-noted appropriation of other religious traditions and claim to represent their true embodiment. “Police called to religion row,” from the Hornsey and Crouch End Journal, July 24 (thanks to Civilus Defendus):
RELIGIOUS tensions were raised in the centre of Wood Green at the weekend as Islamic activists set about trying to convince shoppers that “Jesus was a Muslim”.
Police stepped in to calm the situation as bystanders were confronted with up to 70 activists aiming to give them a taste of a Britain under Shari’ah Islamic law.
The activists, who have held similar “roadshows” in south, east and west London, set up outside fashion chain H&M in Wood Green High Road on Saturday afternoon, but tensions were soon strained.
One onlooker said: “They unfurled this huge banner proclaiming that Jesus was a Muslim, which understandably raised some people’s heckles [sic].
“These people were slagging off Britain and trying to convert people to Islam. They were quite confrontational.
“The police moved in twice while I was there. They didn’t take people away but they stepped in to calm them down.”…
The activists intended to show how Shari’ah law would combat “gang crime, poverty and promiscuity” in the borough….
Inspector Eric Monk, of Haringey’s Community Engagement Team, said: “This is a diverse borough and I doubt that this activity will have any significant impact on the strong, positive inter-faith relationships that exist in Haringey.
Of course not, Monk. Everybody knows there is no problem. Move along. Get back to sleep.