Thursday, March 26, 2009

Labour and the Muslim Council of Britain

At last, they have got something right. Credit where it’s due, especially when it is done by Mr Dale’s ‘little chipmunk’.

The MCB has been around since 1997 and purports to represent about 800 Muslim organisations in the UK, making it the self-declared ‘most representative Muslim body in the UK’. Ms Blears has said that until the group – once Labour's most favoured Muslim quango organisation – takes a firm stance against its deputy secretary-general Dr Daud Abdullah, relations with Government will be suspended. In response, the MCB said: "We are appalled by the high-handed and condescending action of the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears."

The Government has severed links following the revelation that Dr Abdullah advocated attacks on British armed forces (specifically the Royal Navy) if they attempted to halt arms intended for Hamas being smuggled into Gaza. Dr Abdullah put his name to the ‘Istanbul Declaration’ along with 90 other Muslim leaders, because he supports the right of the Palestinian people ‘to resist the ongoing illegal and brutal occupation of their land’. The declaration includes the statement that ‘foreign warships in Muslim waters, claiming to control the borders and prevent the smuggling of arms to Gaza’ was a declaration of war.

Considering that the Royal Navy is present in those waters for precisely that purpose, Dr Abdullah's support for the declaration is not only controversial and provocative; it is a betrayal: encouraging foreign nationals to attack the Royal Navy is treason.

But none dare call it so.

But the traitor good doctor has since clarified that he was not calling for ad hoc attacks on the Royal Navy, but only if they were to engage in ‘illegal activities’, which, of course, he hoped they would not. This essentially means he would support attacks on members of Her Majesty’s armed forces if he deemed them to be involved in ‘illegal activities’, and, of course, the question of that illegality would be resolved by appeal to the ‘ummah’ – the worldwide Islamic brotherhood – to whom the doctor’s greater allegiance is owed.

The real nature of the MCB is a world apart from that which it presents to the media. Its spokesmen are always polite, always placating, always pleading for understanding of their piety and sincerity. But the organisation is not liberal, and it does not in any sense represent the mainstream voice of Muslim Britain, despite its confession that it does.

One hears their apologies for their boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day; they express regret about the persecution of Sir Salman Rushdie; they talk of their desire to integrate with ‘British culture’. But they then carry on regardless. Their boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day has become an annual event; Sir Salman receives no encouragement with an MCB assertion of the right of freedom of expression; and integration is to be on their terms. Dr Abdullah was neither sacked nor asked to resign, and no statement was forthcoming which made it clear that he opposed extremism.

There is nothing ‘moderate’ about this group, and those true democrats and moderates who are content to operate under its aegis ought to ask themselves how the organisation can be so vulnerable to penetration by extremists at the highest level.

What is the alternative? There isn’t one. Muslims have no organisation like the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and there is a grave and urgent need for the founding of such an organisation.

Ms Blears has received widespread condemnation from the Left, particularly from ‘Outraged of Bradford’ and ‘Irritated if Islington’. Rabia Malik, chair of ‘The City Circle’, is of the opinion that ‘the government is not in a position to say who should and who should not be in a group’. Geoffrey Alderman of The Guardian even perversely compares the actions of Ms Blears with those of China and Zimbabwe.

Notwithstanding that the Government continues to fund some Muslim organisations which espouse extremism, Hazel Blears is to be applauded for severing links with the MCB. She is to be further applauded for doing the same to MINAB – the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body.

It is encouraging indeed to see the Government is at last prepared to act against those who ‘reject parliamentary democracy, dismiss the rule of law and promote intolerance and discrimination on the basis of race, faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality’.

The Government needs to seek out Muslims – and there are very many – whose loyalty to the traditions and customs of United Kingdom are without question. They can be trusted to provide an alternative ideological narrative to Britain's young Muslims, and engaged in the battle against religio-political extremism. The Government needs to work towards establishing a Board of Deputies of British Muslims.


Blogger John of Enfield said...

I'd watch your back mate. Two posts about Muslims leaves you vulnerable
to being charged with some form of "hate crime" or other.

Even I am worried about the use of RIPA to discover my IP address - I look forward to a friendly visit from the representatives of our Dear Leader.

26 March 2009 at 08:41  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Ohhhh look at those rats leaping off the sinking wreck! Lookit that big ginger one shift!

If the Grauniad is whingeing then Weary Bleary must be doing something right for a change. Now, for an encore, let's see British Law cleansed of the Human Rights train wreck and creeping sharianisation...

26 March 2009 at 09:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course the government has no right to dictate who can be a member of any "community" organisation. Just as that "community" organisation has no right to dictate how the government should react/interact with it. All perfectly decent and proper. Something about "you pays your money and makes your choice", isn't it?

So it has taken NuLabour three terms to realise that their allies have used and manipulated them! The coming scrap between them is going to be ugly. Neither of the aggrieved parties is going to want to have that argument in private!

26 March 2009 at 11:07  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Sorry this is O/T but it merits a mention.

Rowan Williams jumps on board the AGW train wreck. Is there no on message, politically correct depth left unplumbed by this man?

26 March 2009 at 11:19  
Blogger someday said...

Sir Winston Churchill's comment on Islam, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-250 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science (the science against which it had vainly struggled) the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

26 March 2009 at 11:26  
Anonymous Maturecheese said...

Too little too late by this corrupt government.

26 March 2009 at 12:48  
Blogger Algernon Moncrieff said...

Hear hear and well said - again..!

26 March 2009 at 14:37  
Blogger Jomo said...

Wikipedia not always totally accurate but in this case perhaps

"In the United Kingdom, the Muslim Association of Britain is the local chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood."

26 March 2009 at 15:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims and Jews have a voice in Britain but the British get called odious for wanting the same.

Theres no credit due here.

Our folk have the wonderful position of being voiceless cannon fodder in the middle of a Muslim/Jew war.

26 March 2009 at 15:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and there are very many whose loyalty to the traditions and customs of United Kingdom are without question"

How quaint. Where may evidence of these rather occult Muslims be found? Does one need more than both hands to take a count?

26 March 2009 at 17:10  
Blogger 13th Spitfire said...

Is it really 1st of April already?

26 March 2009 at 18:07  
Blogger Jabba the Cat said...

When Jabba was at school learning history and about the glory of empire, the common method of dealing with such traitors was to strap them across the business end of a cannon barrel and then promptly despatch the offender to Allah's door with a cannister of grapeshot liberally coated with pigs grease...

26 March 2009 at 19:09  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Jabba that will no longer be possible. It seems that history will be banned so that kids can be taught how to twitter or arse about doing nowt as it's otherwise known. Well according to the Daily Wail anyway...

26 March 2009 at 19:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

"But the organisation is not liberal, and it does not in any sense represent the mainstream voice of Muslim Britain, despite its confession that it does."

Your Grace, whilst we may wish that this organisation was not representative of mainstream Muslim opinion, I regret to say that it seems to be right at the heart of mainstream Muslim opinion.

I am still waiting for mainstream Muslims to condemn the Muslim demonstrators who villified our returning soldiers. I will wait in vain.

26 March 2009 at 21:01  
Blogger Witterings From Witney said...

Your Grace,

Sure you got the right picture there for Dr. Abdullah? Looks a tad like Lenny Henry to me!

Anyway, on a point of order he should be told to 'lay-off' the Poisoned Dwarf. No-one lays into Hazel (My Dad's got shorter legs than your Dad) Blears, without my permission, 'cause she's mine!

26 March 2009 at 21:07  
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26 March 2009 at 21:44  
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26 March 2009 at 21:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know that feeling when someone stretches an elastic band in front of your face? That's how things in general feel to me. Something is about to go twang, and its gonna sting like a son of a bitch.

26 March 2009 at 22:37  
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26 March 2009 at 23:05  
Blogger Jabba the Cat said...

@ Gnostic said...

"Jabba that will no longer be possible."

Therein lies the shame as there is no doubt that there was something in the methods of the colonial administrators in the days of empire.

One need only consider the very large ratio of colonial subjects to very small ratio of colonial staff to appreciate the soundness of such methods.

26 March 2009 at 23:52  
Anonymous Dr. Irene Lancaster said...

Excellent post. I shall link to it on mine:

27 March 2009 at 00:33  
Blogger adamsmith1922 said...

A good post. You and your readers might be interested in this post about the resolution adopted recently by the UN Inhuman Rights Council

27 March 2009 at 23:49  

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