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London Mayor’s Awkward Moment: Remove children from “Islamist radicals”

Awkward Moment

Graphic credit: Mr Tickles via twitter @MrTickle3

by Ilisha

H/T: Mr.Tickle

At last justice has been served. Michael Adebowale and Michael Abedbolago were convicted of the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last May. Rigby’s family issued a statement saying:

We would like to thank the judge and the courts for handing down what we believe to be the right prison terms.

We would also like to thank everyone who has supported us in the last nine months.

It has brought us a lot of comfort and we feel satisfied that justice has been served for Lee. We now ask to continue to grieve in private.

Predictably, anti-Muslim bigots have seized the opportunity to issue their own statements, recklessly indicting Islam, and with it, the entire UK Muslim community.

To his credit, London Mayor Boris Johnson prefaced his anti-Muslim diatribe with a qualifier in an article published by the Telegraph. Johnson said he was glad it was the last time the public would have to hear the perpetrators “pervert the religion of Islam.

The Mayor then  launched into a bizarre “kitchen sink” rant about a wide range of issues, including the “Paedophile Information Exchange”, female genital mutilation, “radical Islamic extremism,” and the alleged perils of political correctness.

The Daily Mail quoted him as saying:

The children of Islamist radicals should be taken into care…

Mr Johnson said young people were increasingly being ‘radicalised at their home’ and taught the sort of ‘crazy stuff’ similar to the views espoused by the killers of Lee Rigby.

He said lack of clarity about the law meant the authorities were reluctant to intervene.

The Mayor wrote in the Daily Telegraph: ‘A child may be taken into care if he or she is being exposed to pornography, or is being abused – but not if the child is being habituated to this utterly bleak and nihilistic view of the world that could lead them to become murderers.

‘It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care.’

Whatever the merits of the Mayor’s arguments, his comments seem highly misplaced with regard to the murder of Lee Rigby. Michael Adebowale and Michael Abedbolago are both converts to Islam, and therefore we reasonably conclude were not raised by Muslims–never mind “Islamist radicals.”

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  • Laila Muhammad

    every day we read about rabbis being arrested for child abuse and the code of silence that surrounds and protects them…where is mayor Johnson’s outrage

  • El Cid

    Excellent but uncommon observation. Wisdom of the Ages. Empirical data contradicts what his demagogue sells. More often than not.

    In statistical lingo, it is called tending towards the mean: Parents with extreme attributes have off spring who tend to have more normal tendencies.

  • Sam Seed

    Wow Ilisha, that’s 2 you’ve owned! 😉

  • Seeker

    “If you favor taking children away because you don’t like the ideas they’re being taught…”
    Ironically, and with no offense meant to the sincere atheists, I’ve heard that idea come from quite a lot of atheists. That parents should not be allowed to teach their religion to their children. It’s abuse on some level apparently. I guess it’s all a matter of switching labels around until you get to the one that makes you realise how dumb the proposition is.

  • Guess

    Well, Stephen Dale Green is dead, and thank God Anders Breivik and the killers of Rigby are behind bars. But I wonder if he sees Bush and Blair that murdered with the sate blessings thousand times more innocent people, as part of the “it” factor. I highly doubt.

  • Guess

    Well then, as you’re claiming since the mayor choose this “murdrous Muslim” and the views “it” had as point of reference to radicalization, why did he omitted to referenced that “it” was all about the UK foreign policy resulting in the murder of more than hundreds of thousands of Muslims abroad?


    bumbling moron!

  • Tanveer Khan

    Is Anders Breivik also an “it” to you? How about Stephen Dale Green? Hitler? They were murderous beings too.

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