Apparently, 112 events featuring extremist speakers took place on UK campuses in the academic year 2016/2017, according to a recent report by Britain’s Henry Jackson society: “The vast majority of the extreme speakers recorded in this report are Islamist extremists, though one speaker has a background in Far-Right politics….” That one speaker was Tommy Robinson both of whose events were cancelled, one due to hundreds of students planning to demonstrate to protest his appearance. The report does not mention student protests at any of the Islamist events.
The topics of the Islamist speakers included:
“Dawah Training… to teach students the fundamentals of preaching to others… Western foreign policy towards the Islamic world in general… Grievances…perceived attacks on Muslims and Islam in the UK… [calling for] scrapping of Prevent and other government counter-extremism measures [critiquing] arrest and detention of terrorism suspects… [challenging] ideas such as atheism and skepticism… religious socio-economic governance, focusing on the role of religion in fields such as legislation, justice… finance… religious rulings or interpretations, religious verses or other texts, important historical or scriptural figures…”
London was the region with the highest number of events, followed by the South East, according to the report. The most prolific speakers were affiliated to the Muslim Debate Initiative, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), the Hittin Institute, Sabeel, and CAGE. Most speakers were invited by Islamic student societies, and a high proportion of the talks took place during campus events such as “Discover Islam Week”, “Islam Awareness Week” and “Islamophobia Awareness Month”.
One of the most prolific speakers, Hamza Tzortis, is a senior member of iERA. He has said that apostates who “fight against the community[…] should be killed” and that, “we as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom”.
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This study will likely result in more restrictions upon the freedom of speech in Canada, for note that the “anti-Islamophobia” motion M-103 states “that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam,” a claim that is often made in order to foreclose upon any honest analysis of the motivating ideology behind jihad terrorism. This whole initiative is based upon the false assumption that “Islamophobia,” that is, suspicion of Islam or Muslims, is caused by “bigots” indulging in “hate speech,” when actually it is caused by jihad terrorists. If Iqra Khaled and her colleagues really want to combat “Islamophobia,” they will strengthen counterterror measures, and begin study of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. But they’re not going to do that; they’re purposefully looking at this problem from the wrong way around, revealing that the real objective is to crush dissent from the government’s line on Islam and terrorism.
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