A pub called “The Mulberry Tree” closed down last year in the English city of Ipswich. It’s understandable that the owners felt the need to close it — as the “Britons who have lived here for a long time” fled the area in an attempt to escape the relentless cultural enrichment, the halal community that now dominates that area of the city had no use for an establishment that serves alcohol.
Now a Muslim organization has acquired the former pub and wants to convert it into a mosque. Yet the group hid its intention behind a planning application to the borough council proposing a “community centre” — nothing about a mosque.
But now the Muslims of Ipswich have been caught out in their lies — check out the following excerpts from promotional videos (both in English and in subtitled Arabic) in which they cheerfully announce their plans for the new mosque:
For a taste of the politically correct view of the Mulberry Tree controversy, here are some excerpts from a full-dhimmi op-ed in the The Ipswich Star:
Is Social Media Really Good for Communities — or Does it Fan the Flames of Hatred?
by Paul Geater
This week there has been controversy over the proposal to turn the Mulberry Tree pub near Major’s Corner into a community centre.
The Nawracy Cultural Centre, which is based at an address in London, has put in a planning application for a change of use to Ipswich council — saying it wants to convert it into a community centre.
The application does not mention using it as a mosque. A place of worship requires a different planning permission to a community centre. But a video has appeared on YouTube describing the proposal as the “Ipswich Mosque” and that has got some people very upset.
It’s fair to say those behind The Nawracy Cultural Centre haven’t done themselves any favours. By making an application for a community centre and then issuing a video saying they want to build a mosque they have given their opponents an excuse to claim they are not being entirely straight.
Also they have not engaged with local people — they have not responded to our requests to speak to them and I understand council officials have also had difficulty in making contact.
That isn’t helpful — although maybe I can understand some of their reluctance to engage given the really unpleasant racist and Islamophobic comments that have been posted about the application on social media.
Some sites seem to be fanning the flames of sectarian hatred by claiming that every Muslim is an Islamic extremist and potential terrorist.
That is a travesty of a religion based on hospitality and care for fellow human beings — a religion based on the same God as Christianity and Judaism.
Some extremists who claim to be Muslims seek justification for their beliefs in religious texts. But there are also fairly extreme texts in the Christian Bible, particularly the Old Testament, that have been used by some fundamentalists to justify some barbaric behaviour.
To try to suggest that a new mosque in Ipswich will be nest of terrorists trying to convert the town to an alien religion is like suggesting that churches are all full of Christian fundamentalists hearing nothing but tales of fire and brimstone. That is daft.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.