Wednesday, March 31, 2004

From the Daily Telegraph comes good news:

Britain's most prominent Muslim leader last night demanded a crackdown on "rogue" Islamic preachers, blaming them for brainwashing young men with sermons promoting holy war against the West.

Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, was backed by the families of some of the eight men arrested in Tuesday's anti-terrorism raids in south-east England.


Mr Sacranie said he had been urging the Government for some time to introduce an offence of incitement to religious hatred.

People such as Omar Bakri Mohammed, the leader of Al-Muhajiroun, which campaigns for an Islamic state in Britain, brought "much harm to the Muslim community".

He said: "These elements are preaching a message of hatred and violence that is against the Koran.

"They have nothing to do with Islam. There are more than a thousand mosques in Britain. We are not aware of this sort of activity in more than one or two."
Fantastic to hear this kind of thing! Let's hope for more.

[HatTip to Tim Blair.]
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