Islamist preacher, Abu Usamah at-Thahabi has been invited by Reading University to speak to the Muslim Society as part of discover Islam week.
- Murder gay people
- Murder those who give-up the Muslim faith
- Beating of girls who don’t wear the hijab
- Women are intellectually deficient
Those are the basics, not a reasonable kind of chap, eh?
A joint statement by the Reading University Muslim Society, Reading University Students Union and the University of Reading called the aims of the Muslim Society Laudable.
Laudable aims? Are the university authorities and student’s union cretins or bigots or both? Do they, too, justify murder, beating of girls and the denigration of half the world population? Inviting Thahabi, the Muslim Society places itself at the far right extremist end of politics, alongside racist and fascist organisations that promote similar bigoted ideas.
The university, SU and the Muslim Society say they are trying to bring about mutual understanding of how Islam and Society generally can get along together. This has got to be a joke I thought, but no this is for real. How they think mutual understanding is in any way advanced by hosting a preacher who advocates murdering ex-Muslims and gay people, who disrespects women as inferior, lesser human beings, and who calls for the beating of littler girls I’m not certain. In fact I am certain it in no way advances mutual understanding of any kind what so ever.
Anyway, his talk was cancelled at the last minute. The university came to its senses? No, not a bit of it. They were concerned at the threat of violent protest. Astonishing.
So its okay to make violent outbursts regarding the support and condoning of murder and beatings but its not okay to make a protest that might turn a bit violent. I thought the Police were supposed to stop things getting out of hand.
The decision by the university is reckless in the extreme in my view. Most Muslims are not complete lunatics, most just want to get along like most other people do. No, inviting people like Thahabi risks reinforcing the false notion that all Muslims are extremists.
That’s not to say that the Muslim community couldn’t do more to allay fears within the wider community. I have many friends who happen to be Muslim, but on this point we differ, the Muslim community does not do enough to help itself by ridding itself of the extremists like Thahabi. Further more those on the liberal left seem blind to the harm that’s being caused to the well being of society at large.
The Islamist Agenda = The Fascist Agenda.
There has been a long and well documented link between Islamist’s and the Far Right going right back to the 1930’s. Adolf Hitler is known to have said that Islam was a religion he could tolerate and even had a special Islam Unit.
I’m afraid to say that the protection and promotion of so called free speech is in no way helped by allowing these mindless bigots to speak openly about their views. Shame on you Reading University!
Thahabi certainly does profess appalling prejudice; denouncing all Christians and Jews as the “enemy” of Islam. He derides women as “deficient”, inferior to men and intellectually “incomplete,” stating:
“Allah has created the woman, even if she gets a PhD, deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient. She may be suffering from hormones that will make her emotional. It takes two witnesses of a woman to equal the one witness of the man.”
If left unchecked the expression of these opinions will with out question attract those who are weak willed and easily manipulated. They will act on what they wrongly believe to be the truth.
For the sake of all of us, stop Thahabi and all of his kind. Silence them, not by force and almost certainly not by reasoned argument (he’s beyond reasoning) but just don’t give them the space, the time or the opportunity.