Glad we cleared that up. “UK Mosque: Stockholm bomber didn’t seem violent,” by Gregory Katz for Associated Press, December 14:
LUTON, England – Embarrassed officials at the Luton Islamic Center on Tuesday defended their decision not to report Taimour Abdulwahab to police after his extremist views alienated worshippers in this small city north of London.
That decision became important when Abdulwahab blew himself up Saturday on a busy street in Stockholm, injuring two people and endangering many more — and, once again focusing unwanted attention on Luton, a nondescript city of 200,000 with a large Muslim population.
Abdulwahab, who died in the blast, did not attract much attention in Luton, but he did alarm mosque elders with fiery rhetoric about what he believed was a concerted attack on Islam led by the United States.
Farasat Latif, the mosque secretary, told The Associated Press that officials would have told police about Abdulwahab if he had shown signs of violence or instability.
“It’s a judgment call,” Latif said. “You have to give them space to express their views. We don’t stop people coming to our mosques because they have beliefs that are unsavory.”
He said mosque officials have to gauge an individual’s level of anger reporting him or her to authorities.
“If they think it’s OK to kill individual civilians, you have to call the police,” he said “But he never showed violent tendencies — just harsh criticism of the Muslim heads of states, like in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for being too pally pally with the United States while America is decimating Iraq.”…