Via Petulant at Shakesville comes news of the delightful Anjem Choudary, a self-styled 'judge of the Sharia Court of the UK':
He said: 'If a man likes another man, it can happen, but if you go on to fulfil your desire, if it is proved, then there is a punishment to follow. You don't stone to death unless there are four eyewitnesses. It is a very stringent procedure.That's right - just last week he was justifying a protest in Luton (been there!) against soldiers returning home from Iraq.
'There are some people who are attracted to donkeys but that does not mean it is right.'
Choudary was speaking at a press conference in London arranged by Muslim extremists to justify their protest in Luton last week against soldiers returning home from Iraq.
I'm sure any minute now all the moderate, peace-loving Muslims who disagree with Choudary will be rising up in protest.
. . . crickets . . .
Meanwhile, one wonders how much government assistance Choudary and his fellow fanatics (see the piece from the Mail Online for some photos of these Neanderthals and to read more about their warnings of another 7/7 attack - nice) receive from their country of residence, into which they are clearly assimilating well (not).
UPDATE 3/26/2009 10:54PM
Just watched Rachel's moving interview with Anwar Sadat's widow, who said that Islam is not a religion of "revenge and killing". More Jehan Sadats, please . . . NO Anjem Choudarys.
This is from Mrs. Sadat's 3/26/2009 piece in the WSJ:
In conditions like these, how could anyone hope for peace?I am leaving out a final point about having faith - "a steadfast determination to enact God's will to love our enemy". Is a belief in magic a prerequisite for peace? Uh-oh.
I do. I believe that now, with tensions the highest they have ever been, the urgent need for renewed efforts is staring us in the face. It's time to re-examine my husband's method of making peace.
First, we must recognize that people in the region want peace. Our leaders must commit to making and keeping the peace that its citizens crave. Second, our leaders need to be realistic while being real. No leader in the Arab world except Sadat believed peace could be made with a Likud leader. I hope Benjamin Netanyahu will follow Begin's example. Furthermore, my husband was sincere in his desire for peace, and his style of face-to-face negotiating proved it. Third, the peace process requires serious work. For many, the so-called peace process in the Middle East has become a myth -- a lot of talk with few results. Sadat believed that as president, he had to be the engine and energy behind the peace process. Fourth, we need to forgive. President Carter once said that my husband was "more inclined to look toward the future than to dwell on the hate-filled and often bloody past." Today's leaders must make peace, not the past, their focus.