My good friend Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal alerted me to today's post by A. Millar on the hackle-raising-scary emergence of a pro-jihadist bloc within the British Conservative Party called the Conservative Muslim Forum. Millar opens the discussion with a quotation from the group that says:
“If a political party wishes to campaign, constitutionally, for the abolition of democracy in the UK and its replacement by a totalitarian system, why should it not be free to do so?”
These are the words of the Conservative Muslim Forum, in its report, An Unquiet World: A Response. It may be a rhetorical question, but having spent some time looking at this organization, I can say that I have very grave concerns about it, and about its influence on the Conservative Party, and, by extension, on British politics.
The Conservative Muslim Forum has been criticized by Melanie Phillips and by the Center for Social Cohesion, among others particularly over the above named report, which warns the party against “a pro-zionist attitude,” and states that, “facing a nuclear armed Israel, Iran appears to have legitimate reasons for seeking nuclear weapons for defensive purposes”
And it calls for: a revision of the history syllabus in schools. Any revised compulsory history syllabus needs to give full recognition to the massive contribution that Islam has made to the development of Western civilisation.
A toxic fantasy.
Historically the recognition of this contribution has been suppressed--
What are we talking about here? The Magna Mohammed Carta? Sir Isaac al-Newton? William bin Shakespeare?
--because in the past control of the educational system rested with the Christian churches which saw Islam as a competitor.
Not a "competitor," dearies; existential threat.
The report also states that foreign preachers who reject (i.e., denounce) democracy should not be prevented from entering the UK, and that while the authors disagree with his views, “Yusuf al-Qaradawi is considered a leading scholar by many Muslims, including other Muslim scholars.” There is no mention of his endorsement of terrorist bombings in Israel, etc.
The nature of the Conservative Muslim Forum can be further gleaned from its own website, which prominently features sections on halal food and Islamic finance. (Clearly integration is not the aim of this organization.)...
Clearly. Yes, rather. (Love the British understatement.) Read the whole important piece here (links in the original).
Meanwhile, among the non-jihadist British conservatives, we see rising, burbling, even cooing support for a "President Obama." In his latest endorsement of Barack Obama, Daniel Hannan, an anti-EU conservative member of the European Parliament, explains why an Obama presidency would wrap America in "a warm duvet of national togetherness" here; while London Mayor Boris Johnson explains why "Obama deserves to win because he seems talented, compassionate, and because he offers the hope of rejuvenating the greatest country on earth in the eyes of the rest of us..."here.
Guess that relationship of ours promises to become--a la Mr. Rogers--really "special."