Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Study: 25% of Britain's mosques promoting hatred

The Telegraph has this item about the study, and the Daily Mail has this one. Both article cite a study by the Policy Exchange in which more than 100 British mosques were visited and at which a quarter of those mosques made hate literature available. From the Telegraph piece:
Extremist literature that encourages hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain's mosques, according to a new survey.

Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claims it found the literature in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited.

Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and for unbelievers to be treated as second-class citizens wherever possible.

The literature also allegedly contained repeated calls for gays to be thrown from mountains and tall buildings and for women to be subjugated.
The spin was quick, but feeble:
Dr Yunes Teinaz, of the London Central Mosque, said: "Any book or literature like this found in the mosque will reflect the views of the author and not at all the view of the mosque." [Then why is it in the mosque? --ed.] He added that the bookshop in the mosque was not run by the mosque, but was a franchise.

Iqbal Sacranie, a former secretary general of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, criticised the report. He said: "The majority of Muslims will totally dismiss this because it is written by the Policy Exchange, who have an agenda to denigrate the mainstream of Islam in this country. [Well, yeah, if by "denigrate" you mean "report the facts". --ed.]
The Daily Mail's article goes on to identify the source of the material as our 'friends' in Saudi Arabia:
Extremist literature calling for the execution of gays and the oppression of women is being distributed in British mosques.

Researchers found radical or hate-filled books and pamphlets at a quarter of the 100 Islamic religious institutions they visited.

They said much of the literature is linked to agencies of the Saudi Arabian government.
Maybe that "tiny minority" isn't so tiny, after all.

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