Surely David Cameron is on his way right now to see Mujahid Abu Hamza, formerly known as Michael Adebolajo, in order to explain to this jihadi killer that he is actually a Misunderstander of Islam, and that his murder of Lee Rigby had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.
“Religion ‘everything’: hacking accused,” by Margaret Davis and Jamie Grierson for AAP, December 9:
ONE of the men accused of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby has told a jury “my religion is everything”.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, began giving evidence in London on Monday, surrounded by five security guards.
He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.
The soldier’s relatives sat feet away as Adebolajo spoke to the court.
He said: “My religion is everything.
“When I came to Islam I realised that… real success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to paradise, because then you can relax.”
Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his first year at Greenwich University.
When asked about his attitude to people in authority, he said: “Generally speaking, I don’t get along with them, generally. In most instances I don’t get along with authority, except for my mother and my father.”
As ground rules were set out for his giving evidence, including not speaking over the judge, he said: “I don’t believe in the law.”
The court heard that Adebolajo is married and has six children, including a seven-year-old boy.
He said that, growing up in Romford, the “vast majority” of his friends were white British, and one, Kirk Redpath, joined the Army and was later killed in Iraq.
Adebolajo said: “I hold Tony Blair responsible for his death.”
Not, in other words, the Islamic jihadist who actually killed him.
He said his favourite teacher at school was the first person to teach him about Adolf Hitler.
He told the court it showed him that “there are some very wicked people in the world”.
No kidding, really? Funny to hear a comment like this from one of them.
The 28-year-old was raised as a Christian.
He told the jury of eight women and four men: “My parents used to take us to church every Sunday. The memory that sticks in my mind… is probably every New Year’s Eve in the evening around 11 o’clock we would gather around in candlelight and read passages from the Bible.”
He missed some of the good parts.