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    Al-Muhajiroun relaunch fails

    by Rumbold on 18th June, 2009 at 9:00 pm    

    It was billed as the comeback fight: Anjem Choudary of Al-Muhajiroun verses Douglas Murray of the Centre for Social Cohesion. However, the fighters were not allowed into the ring after Al-Muhajiroun thugs attempted to enforce gender segregation, leading the management of the venue to cancel the meeting.

    Yahya Birt argues that we the worst thing we can do is to persecute Al-Muhajiroun, rather than try and defeat them in debate, since the former only turns them into celebrities:

    “Anjem Choudary’s latest wheeze to incite the ire of the national press and to irritate the hell out of Britain’s Muslims as well as everyone else is to use a legal loophole to relaunch al-Muhajiroun this week, which had been disbanded in 2004. Only its successor groups, al-Ghurabaa and the Saviour Sect, were banned in 2006 under terrorism legislation.

    It seems fairly clear that Choudary expects, and indeed makes the calculation, that the reformed al-Muhajiroun will be banned pretty quickly to generate the notoriety and street-cred that he wants to sustain. As they play a propagandistic role, they will continue to find ways to dodge past legal restrictions by using coded language or forming new entities. The law is obviously a blunt and ineffectual tool.”

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    1. London Muslim — on 19th June, 2009 at 12:42 am  

      on the money.

      I’ve also written about the Al Muj Muppets

    2. Andrew — on 19th June, 2009 at 6:41 am  

      The best thing to do is not fall for their publicity stunts! They should be ignored - especially by the press - with the exception of MI5 and Special Branch! (I am assuming that they don’t actually work for MI5 as some Muslims I’ve met believe!).

    3. platinum786 — on 19th June, 2009 at 7:41 am  

      Andrew, as funny as that belief is, it’s getting pretty common. People just can’t beleive that you can get your house raided and shot by armed police on weak intel (ForestGate), that you can be locked up for years for chanting bomb America or whatever at a rally (Shahid Javed), or writing poestry on the back of a reciept (lyrical terrorist) and then on the other hand you can be Anjem Chaudry and not be challenged by the law.

      Try being in our shoes for a few months, and think of the PR disaster these guys are. More than that they’re not willing to just exist they want to grow and target kids as their audience. Who wants their kid to be an Al Queda cheerleader?

      But no, the government refuses to ban this guy, or lock him up under any of the array of draconian laws we have. They can use them to snoop through our bins to make sure we’re not mixing waste, or to spy on us to make sure we’re not pulling a fast one about school catchment areas, but not to lock these guys up.

    4. dave bones — on 19th June, 2009 at 9:24 am  

      Reading the article this meeting looks like it was mildly more exciting than usual, but only mildly. I still don’t see why anyone gets their knickers in a twist. If the Police dont I am buggered if I am going to.

    5. curious? — on 20th June, 2009 at 12:34 pm  

      Look how proud they are about about converting an 11yr old boy in brum


      and this is where they boast about their so called ‘victory’ over douglas murray


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