If you’re a Londoner who plans to vote in next month’s election, and if you have habitually voted for Labour, you might want to take a hard look at some of the prominent supporters of “Red” Ken Livingstone for re-election.
According to Islam Online:
London Muslims Mobilize for Livingstone
With the London mayoral and local election fast approaching, Muslims are campaigning and mobilizing votes for incumbent Ken Livingstone, citing a record for tolerance and support.
“Livingstone is maintaining excellent community relations,” Sheikh Suliman Gani, the Imam of Tooting Islamic Centre, told IslamOnline.net.
“He has done a wonderful job and it is essential that everybody, especially Muslims vote on May 1.”
What exactly has Red Ken done to please the Muslim community of London?
Is it perhaps the police crackdown on “racist” speech, which causes the arrest of people like Lionheart, who dare to speak out against the Islamization of their country?
Is it the fact that widespread gang violence and drug-dealing goes almost unpunished?
Is it the building of mosques, and the local government support for the Olympic Mega-Mosque?
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City councillor Shiria Khatun says Livingstone’s record is one big factor for his popularity among Muslims.
“He supported a multicultural policy which, with policing, has led to a reduction in racist attacks in London by more than 50 percent,” she said.
“The city personifies diversity with over 300 languages being spoken here.”
Red Ken say which way the wind was blowing quite early on, and hitched his wagon to the crescent and star before it even became fashionable.
Livingstone, one of Britain’s most colorful and popular politicians, was elected Mayor of London in 2000 and re-elected in 2004.
He has been known for his strong defense of the Muslim minority against Islamophobic campaigns.
The Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, a group set up to address Muslim under-representation in British politics, is campaigning for Livingstone.
It has launched the Vote Ken campaign to give Muslim voters “the knowledge as to who and who is not in their interests to vote for.”
It’s definitely in the interests of Muslims to vote for Livingstone. But is it in the interests of anybody else?
“MPACUK is supporting Ken Livingstone in the London Mayoral election and is strongly urging fellow Muslims to vote,” says the campaign press release.
“Our campaign involves activating mosques to publicise the election, working with other Muslim organisations and giving out leaflets of which we have already distributed over 20,000.”
The British Muslim Initiative (BMI), which seeks to fight racism and Islamophobia in the British society, also believes the Muslim choice is crystal clear.
It has come together with individuals and organisations from across the Muslim community to campaign for Livingstone.
The BMI has launched a blog, www.muslimsforken.blogspot.com, to raise awareness about the importance of the election and to urge Muslim voters to make an informed choice.
Is there any other religion that is mobilizing the vote for a particular candidate from its houses of worship?
Suppose the Jews of London were campaigning from their synagogues for a candidate?
What do you think the BBC would have to say about that?
Hat tip: TB.