Monday, June 9, 2008

An Asset for the Community

This is quality.

First we review Hazel Blears, Communities Secretary, says sidelining of Christianity is 'common sense' by George Pitcher and Jonathan Wynne-Jones, 09/06/2008:

It is "common sense" for Christianity to be sidelined at the expense of Islam, a Government minister claimed on Sunday.

Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, defended Labour's policy on religion after a report backed by the Church of England claimed that Muslims receive a disproportionate amount of attention.

She said it was right that more money and effort was spent on Islam than Christianity because of the threat from extremism and home-grown terrorism.

Ms Blears told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme: "That's just common sense. If we've got an issue where we have to build resilience of young Muslim men and women to withstand an extremist message."

The message: the group that is most violent will get the lion's share of the funding.

It's called "shake-down".

She added: "We live in a secular democracy. That's a precious thing. We don't live in a theocracy, but we've always accepted that hundreds of thousands of people are motivated by faith. We live in a secular democracy but we want to recognise the role of faith."

It won't be long, and that "secular democracy" will be neither.

The Church of England bishop responsible for the report, the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, Bishop for Urban Life and Faith, said afterwards: "She said we live in a secular democracy. That comes as news to me – we have an established Church, but the Government can't deal with Christianity."

As The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, the landmark report commissioned by the Church and written by academics at the Von Hugel Institute accuses ministers of paying only "lip service" to Christianity and marginalising the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, while focusing "intently" on Islam.

However Malaysia's Prime Minister warned yesterday that Muslim extremism in Britain will grow unless the Government and society learn to understand Islam.


Muslim extremism will grow until the government has the guts to treat Muslim criminals the way any other criminals get treated; and, it will grow until the government has the guts to acknowledge publicly the connection between the "Religion of Peace" and jihad violence.

Abdullah Badawi claimed that the legacy of Britain's imperial past has hampered its ability to appreciate its Islamic population.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the prime minister urged Gordon Brown to allow the country's Muslims to live under Islamic law, but also said that they must prove their worth to society.

Let them live under sharia -- bury homosexuals alive, stone women who get raped -- make it just like Afghanistan was under the Taliban. Make it so our allies in the War on Terror, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, would feel right at home.

Mr Abdullah argues that the Government must do more to ensure Muslims do not feel discriminated against if it is to tackle the rise of radicalism.

"The failure to understand Muslims is driving a divide between the communities," he said.

No, the violence being preached and propagated in the Muslim community is driving a wedge between the communities.

They are trying to paint the people of the British Isles as racist, xenophobic bigots; if that had been the case, there never would have been all this immigration. The truth is the British people have been too tolerant, and now the wolf is in the hen-house demanding sharia.

"Gordon Brown must encourage a better understanding because Britain must appreciate its Muslims."

Mr Abdullah argued that Britain needs to come to terms with being home to immigrants from countries that it used to rule over.

"The British Empire expanded in Asia, everywhere, throughout the Muslim land, through the land of Hindus and the land of Buddhists.

"When they were ruling it was different because they wanted it to be peaceful and to keep it peaceful they had to use diplomacy."

He said that Muslims in Britain were more likely to be radicalised because they feel ignored rather than due to religious reasons.

Ignored? Well, 7/7 sure got them some attention, didn't it?

"Is it because of poverty, social unrest, deprivation, feeling discriminated against, thinking people don't care much because of the colour of their skin?"

No, it's because of jihad against the infidels.

Mr Abdullah, who was talking on the eve of a landmark summit of world leaders, echoed the calls of the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year for Muslims to be able to live under sharia.

The Malaysian Prime Minister also acknowledged that Muslims must also play their part in proving their value as immigrants.

"If they want to be respected then they must do something for the community," he said.

"They must not be a liability. They have to be an asset."

Too many people in the Islamic community are taught that a suicide bomber targeting infidels and takfir is an asset for the community.

Hat tip to my email tipster.

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