“Later, he converted to Islam, which his mother said she was ‘happy’ for him to do.” Of course. What good multicultural mom wouldn’t have been happy? It’s a noble Religion of Peace with a proud tradition of tolerance, right? Anyone would object to such a conversion must be a hate-filled Islamophobe, right? Yet converts to Islam like Thomas Evans, aka Abdul Hakim, are a human tragedy. If the governments of the West, and the churches, and the youth organizations, had any sense, they would realize that young men like Thomas Evans are searching for meaning in their lives, searching for transcendence and some point to it all, and jihadis are active proselytizing among them. They would realize that offering such young men jobs at McDonald’s or basketball courts is not going to satisfy the longing within them that leads them to convert to Islam, and that their squishy relativism is off-putting and just the opposite of what people such as Thomas Evans are searching for. They would, above all, realize that these conversions are not benign, but more often than not are carried out under the influence of active jihadis — which is why we see so many converts involved in jihad groups. If large numbers of young people were being converted to Christianity and then recruited into organizations that were carrying out acts of violence in the name of religion, would authorities then admit there was a problem?
Thomas Evans was “a normal little boy with great sense of humour who was warm and caring,” his mother Sally told Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden.
His brother Michael joined her on the daily topical show where he explained: “We were good friends and grew up with the same friends – until he converted.”
Thomas’ family said they began to notice changes in him after he split with his girlfriend. Soon after, his parents’ marriage broke down and the teenager turned to the gym where he made a group of Muslim friends.
Later, he converted to Islam, which his mother said she was “happy” for him to do.
“I just wanted him to focus his life again,” she added. “But later he changed. The spark had gone out of him; he lost his enjoyment for life; he couldn’t listen to music – all the things that young boys do.”
Thomas then began “preaching” to his loved ones and discouraged them from their ways of living.
But they took a stance, said Sally: “I wouldn’t change the way I cook or anything to please him. He wouldn’t even use my pots and pans.”
Thomas changed his name to Abdul Hakim and fled to Somalia, where he killed dozens of innocents and beheaded his victims under the terrifying guise White Beast.
Sally and Michael had no idea of the monster their son became and would go months without hearing from him at all.
Tragically, in 2011, a phone call form a journalist confirmed every parent’s worst nightmare. Thomas had been killed and Sally was left with nothing but photographs on Twitter to identify him.
Two weeks later, ITV News were in contact with footage of her son in action, and the unfathomable reality hit home.
Amanda asked: “How do you grieve your son when you know of all the awful things he’s done?”…