“The order will come into effect on Thursday and make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.” Certainly a step in the right direction, but there is a long way to go. The members can simply set up another pro-Sharia group and continue as before. More on this story. “Wootton Bassett protest group Islam4UK to be banned,” from the Daily Mail, January 12 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Islam4UK, the Islamist group which provoked outrage with its plan to march through Wootton Bassett will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has announced.
The order will come into effect on Thursday and make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Mr Johnson said the group had tried to escape proscription simply by changing its name.
He said the order would apply to the group’s other names, including Al Muhajiroun.
“I have today laid an order which will proscribe Al Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a number of the other names the organisation goes by,” he said.
“It is already proscribed under two other names – Al Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect.
“Proscription is a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism and is not a course we take lightly.
“We are clear that an organisation should not be able to circumvent proscription by simply changing its name.”…
But what will prevent them from doing it again? It is not against British law to agitate for Sharia in Britain. So another name change is in order!