debbie over at right truth brought this whole thing to my attention. truth be told, tantor let me know about the mosque in his post from 10 sept 2007 titled "the london markaz" but i had no idea that people were speaking out against in london. sorry for not grasping the whole situation, tantor - great work for bringing this to light, deb.
worried about the security impact of the mega-mosque, councillor alan craig spoke out against it's being built. the good folks over at god tube posted this:
the death threat video mentioned in deb's post is no longer available at you tube - i think this is the same one, but i'm not certain. i wonder why. perhaps they are worried that it will present the followers of islam, the religion of peace, in a bad light....
back in february the u.k. telegraph reported that the mosque would be blocked by the government. from the article written by ben leapman and jonathan wynne-jones:
"A senior security source said that he was concerned about the proposed mosque, and expected ministers to use their powers to call in, and turn down, the planning application.
The move was confirmed by a senior Government source, who said there were fears that the giant mosque could damage community relations in the area, and added: "We are going to stop it."
There are clear planning grounds on which the development could be turned down. It is so close to the main Olympic venues that it may interfere with preparations for the Games."
"Tablighi Jamaat has hired a lobbying firm with a track record of supporting controversial planning applications, in an attempt to build political support for the project.
Indigo Public Affairs says that a formal planning application for the mosque will be submitted in the autumn, possibly with the size scaled back to meet some of the objections. A spokesman said: "Our client utterly refutes any links to terrorism. It is a predominantly apolitical organisation seeking to go about its faith in a peaceful way."
Tablighi Jamaat is a conservative and ultra-orthodox group with close links with the Wahhabi form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of British Muslims are sent by Tablighi Jamaat to madrassas in Pakistan every year, raising fears that some may be brainwashed. A leaked FBI memo alleged that al-Qaeda was using the organisation "as cover... to network with other extremists".
Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the July 7 suicide bombers, are believed to have visited the organisation's European headquarters, a mosque in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Supporters of Tablighi Jamaat point out that even if this were the case, the mosque would not necessarily be the place where the pair were brainwashed.
Muslims living near the site, in West Ham, have raised more than 3,000 signatures on a petition calling for the project to be halted. They want any new mosque to draw in all strands of Islam."
wow. so at that point even muslims were trying to stop the building of the mosque - if for, albeit, different reasons than mr. craig.
fast forward about six months. alan craig becomes more vocal in his opposition to the building of this mega-mosque. two months ago the telegraph ran a new article about the situation just after the death threat video aired. at that time, mr. craig did respond. from the article:
"Mr Craig, a councillor for Canning Town South ward in Newham borough, has upset some Muslim residents in the area with his resistance to plans for a 12,000 capacity "mega-mosque" at Abbey Mills, near West Ham tube station.
It is being proposed by the ultra-orthodox group Tablighi Jamaat, whose previous adherents include Glasgow airport bomber Kafeel Ahmed, shoe bomber Richard Reid and the July 7 bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer.
Until yesterday there was a web link from the Abbey Mills mosque website to abdullah1425's YouTube mini website, where he identifies himself as Muhammad, 23, from Stevenage, Herts. Yesterday Mr Craig said he refused to be intimidated by the clip, which he described as "an open invitation to take me out".
He said: "It's either a sick joke or it's worse. Even if I don't worry about myself, to put my wife and two young children on there is particularly sick."
Mr Craig said he had no problem with Muslims, but did object to Tablighi Jamaat's plan on the grounds of its alleged terror links."
although never officially sanctioned or censured, this group is 'on the list', so to speak. also from the article:
"In 2003 Michael Heimbach, the deputy chief of the FBI's international terrorism section, was quoted in the New York Times as saying: "We found that al-Qa'eda used them for recruiting, now and in the past."
A French counter-terrorism official has also called it the "antechamber of fundamentalism", claiming it acted as a stepping stone to more extremist action."
of course the group denies any link to terrorism claiming they are a "peaceful, apolitical movement..." whatever.
this great video, if you can understand his cockney accent, is a great support for councillor craig. unfortunately, some others in the newham council can't scramble to appease the muslims fast enough. clearly they have no idea that they are going straight to dhimmi-hood on the fast train. to hell in a handbasket as it were.
i wonder, what sort of muslim participates in the olympics. surely no women - they can't possibly be able to participate in sports in a burka. sort of like other jobs they can't reasonably handle - ht to angel over at 'woman honor thyself' and be observant. i can see it now: iran represented in gymnastics by wht's no-ah in a stylish, black, burka. sheesh.
it saddens me that the uk is becoming completely and totally dhimmified. i will someday, possibly sooner rather than later, miss my trips across the pond to london town. i know it will come to that because i will NEVER wear a headscarf and i will never submit.
we need more people like councillor craig who are willing to speak out against the dark energy that is engulfing our planet. as i said over at right truth's post: "my prayers and heart go out to these people. we need to do whatever we can to promote their courage."
this is my contribution to spreading the word. won't you join me?