Most readers will remember the refusal of Great Britain to allow Geert Wilders entry into the UK back in February. Her Majesty’s government, in its infinite wisdom, determined that The Blond was a threat to public order and community cohesion. The Home office judged that he would tend to incite religious and racial hatred by his very presence.
Mr. Wilders’ sin was to point out that Islam is a hateful, intolerant, and subversive force in Europe and needs to be contained. Such sentiments — which would seem nothing more than common sense to most ordinary Europeans, who have to bear the brunt of Islamization — put him beyond the pale. His dangerous ideas required that he be excluded from British society.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, on the other hand, is just the kind of bloke to warm the hearts of the Mandarins of Westminster. Sheikh Al-Sudais is not one of those nasty Caucasian “racists”, but a minister in Britain’s fastest-growing faith community.
The fact that he believes Jews are the “offspring of apes and pigs” — yes, there really are Muslims who say such things! — is of no consequence. His presence in the nook-shotten Isle of Albion is bound to enhance community cohesion, so it’s time to put out the welcome mat for him.
Here’s the latest scoop on this “teachable moment” for the Home Office:
Home Office Caught Out by Hate Preacher
SHEIKH Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the Imam of the Great Mosque of Mecca, will be leading prayers at the East London Mosque at around 9 o’clock tonight. But should he be afforded the privilege?
In 2005, an edition of BBC’s Panorama programme called “A Question of Leadership” claimed that Al-Sudais (pictured, on the left) has, in the past, preached in Mecca that Jews were “monkeys and pigs”, “rats of the world” and the”offspring of apes and pigs”; that Christians were “cross worshippers…those influenced by the rottenness of their ideas and the poison of their cultures the followers of secularism”, and that Hindus were “idol worshippers.”
When challenged by the Muslim Council of Britain on the veracity of such claims, Panorama editor Mike Robinson maintained, “I can assure you that he did. His sermons are available from a Saudi website covering mosques in the holy cities of Medina and Mecca and the translation we used was verified by BBC Monitoring, a fluent Arab speaker on our production team, and a translator outside the BBC.”
Claims that he also called for God to “terminate” Jews lie behind the cancellation of some of his lectures in the US and a ban on entering Canada.
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“It’s extraordinary that the Home Secretary is allowing him into the country — especially since the government has banned other hate preachers who have said far less inflammatory things,” human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell (pictured, on the right) tells me.
“At the very least the directors of the East London Mosque should insist Al-Sudais makes a statement renouncing his past anti-Semitism and expressing opposition to hate and vile attacks on Jewish people.”
The director of the East London Mosque was stalwart in defence of Al-Sudais, however: “These are some of the old reports by Islamophobes. He is very popular. He’s not just coming to our mosque, he is also visiting major mosques around the country.”
Hat tip: Steen.