Spencer on mosque closures and “truth to power”
One of Robert Spencer’s minions has come close to delivering the “wimp” taunt that politicians seem to fear these days, whether it is on the death penalty or on the so-called War on Terror. This time Tony Blair is the target, the subject being the decision not to allow police to “shut down extremist mosques”.
The problem with shutting down such mosques is twofold. First, there are no extremist mosques in the UK. The only mosque which ever came close to being one was in fact built by the community, and the extremists were never elected by anyone; they just took over. And the state did indeed use its powers to expel the extremists and, after a time when it was closed (and the community used the mosque across the road), restore it to its original management. This has not been necessary anywhere else. As is fairly well-known, the rabble-rousers of which we all know preached in community centres, not mosques (Abu Hamza being the only exception).
The second is that, if the extremists are centred on a particular mosque, it’s much easier to keep an eye on them than if they are scattered among the community. It also means that they cause less trouble and are less likely to lead the youth astray at the mosques which are still in the hands of the traditional communities. People who want to find the nutcases know where they should go; people who want to mind their own business usually need not worry about them, or worry about their relatives being led astray, or attacked, by them.
On Dhimmi Watch, Robert hails the “courageous Muslim” Tashbih Sayyed for “speaking truth to power” regarding anti-Semitism in the Muslim community. A brief examination reveals that Sayyed is part of the neo-con Benador gang along with Amir Taheri, Kanan Makiya and Charles Krauthammer (full list here). So he may well be talking to “power”, but not as Spencer would have us believe in this entry; he is on the side of “power” and telling them what they want to hear!
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