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  • Green Lane Mosque giving ammunition to Islamophobes

    by Sunny
    24th December, 2009 at 3:57 pm    

    I called up the Green Lane Mosque today to find out whether tomorrow’s event, hosting the two extremist clerics, is still going ahead. The person who picked up the phone would not offer info about himself but kept referring me to the press releases on their website.

    The GLM have now issued two press releases in response to the controversy. Both have gone on at great length about how these two clerics have condemned terrrorism and al-Qaeda. And both have spent considerable effort attacking the Quilliam Foundation - which boils down to a lame attempt at shooting the messenger.

    Neither press release addresses the anti-Semitic statements made by the clerics other than to say they were unrepresentative and among hundreds others which are not about Jews. not good enough. Would these defenders of the Mosque apply the same standards to bigots like Melanie Phillips or Robert Spencer?

    So well done to British Muslims for Secular Democracy for bringing together a coalition of Muslims, Jews and others to condemn this act by the GLM. The latter have now called upon Muslim orgs to defend them.

    But any Muslim org defending the GLM over these clerics would be giving cover to racism and anti-semitism. Not only that, they would be helping anti-Muslim in pushing the view that deep down all Muslims still remain deeply racist and willing to turn a blind eye to extremist clerics.

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    1. Rezina

      Wonder what MCB think of GLM? RT @pickledpolitics: Blog post::Green Lane Mosque giving ammunition to Islamophobes

    2. pickles

      Blog post:: Green Lane Mosque giving ammunition to Islamophobes

    1. douglas clark — on 24th December, 2009 at 11:01 pm  


      I see a new opinion and I think I like it.

    2. Pobeda — on 24th December, 2009 at 11:39 pm  

      Is nobody worried that British Muslims for Secular Democracy might be mistaken for people into BDSM ?

    3. douglas clark — on 25th December, 2009 at 1:26 am  


      That would just be stupid. :-:

    4. n17magic — on 25th December, 2009 at 6:00 pm  

      yawn glm can do what they like freedom of speech does exisit in the UK last time i looked it up, or do we have to abide by the demands of sunny and his lovefest with the bse, bdsm or whatever da fuck their name is and quilliam muppets!

    5. Sarah AB — on 28th December, 2009 at 9:25 am  

      There’s a difference between not interfering with people’s right to say what they like (as long as it’s lawful) and actually inviting people to speak at your organisation. To host someone in this way implies that you find their ideas acceptable - unless you make it very clear that this is not the case.

    6. Daria — on 4th January, 2010 at 8:45 pm  

      “But any Muslim org defending the GLM over these clerics would be giving cover to racism and anti-semitism.”

      I wonder - do muslims even bother to do some efforts to not look like racists or extemists? seems like they don’t care… looks like they think that it’s the lefties’ work to protect their reputation and convince people that they are not extremists or infidels haters

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