Activists from the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir are covertly trying to influence the government’s consultation on sex education. Furthermore – they are being aided by Islam Channel, which has given them plenty of free airtime without revealing their affiliations.
Here’s the background. The government is holding a consultation on Sex & Relationship Education (SRE). In response, two Hizub ut-Tahrir activists have set up SRE Islamic – more on their blog here – which specifically aims to “educate” Muslim parents about the consultation and encourage them to protest.
Democratically, there’s nothing wrong with what HuT are doing. And yet one of the main organisers of SRE Islamic is brother to Jallaludin Patel – a former head of the UK chapter of Pizza HuT. They are also very similar to the BNP in their ideology (religious supremacism instead of racial supremacism) and tactics (putting on a moderate face).
HuT are also a deeply homophobic and anti-semitic organisation and their members have been convicted in other countries for distributing racist literature. In the UK they have tried a lot in recent years to scrub out their racism, albeit unsuccessfully.
Unsurprisingly, and given their unpopularity amongst Muslims, their literature so far has pointedly avoided mentioning any links to HuT, though it’s plain to see on their blog. What HuT actually want is separation:
We believe Muslim children need sex education, but this has to be age appropriate and based on an Islamic framework.
Sources tell me that SRE Islamic, spearheaded by Yusuf Patel (brother of Jalal Patel) have held over 30-40 events, many around the Rochdale area. This is classic HuT tactic – jumping on a polarising and emotive issue to build their own base and support.
What’s even worse is that they’ve been interviewed on Islam Channel (see here) and yet the interviewer completely avoided mentioning their HuT affiliations. This is the sort of journalism Islam Channel like to do eh?
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