The tide is turning

March 04, 2015 21:43

Maybe, just maybe, the tide is beginning to turn. Last week’s press conference by Islamist group Cage — ludicrously described by the BBC and others as a ‘human rights’ organisation — lifted the scales from the eyes of some of those who have, until now, been taken in by it and the many other Islamist front organisations.

Even the likes of the Joseph Rowntree Trust (JRT) and Amnesty International, which have respectively provided financial and political support to Cage, have now started to distance themselves.

In that context, our revelation that the JRT was left in no doubt by the CST about the true nature of Cage but chose to ignore the evidence and carry on funding it raises even more questions as to why a Quaker charity would choose to support a hard core Islamist organisation.

Not that our own community can always hold its head high. The Board of Deputies’ repeated willingness to stand alongside the Muslim Council of Britain — a body, remember, that is so beyond the pale that the government refuses to speak to it — plays into the hands of the extremists.

The tide may be beginning to turn; but there is still an ocean that separates many from a sensible response to Muslim extremism.

March 04, 2015 21:43

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