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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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  • Ilisha

    First I’m not sure what you mean when you say, “I don’t buy your cover” in response to a quote from someone else’s article. That was published in the Guardian.

    What has radicalized the people you listed? Well, almost all of them have said unjust Western foreign policy..

    Osama Bin Laden’s Letter to America:

  • Solid Snake

    Thanks Bob, Keep it up you are doing a good job with IslamophobiaWatch.

  • SarahAB

    I wouldn’t say he is anti-Muslim (though I didn’t think this was a very useful intervention on his part) but I don’t think his Turkish ancestry would be a barrier to being anti-Muslim.

  • Seeker

    I doubt they have kids.

  • mindy1

    I wish

  • mindy1

    har har har đź?›

  • Sulayman

    Well that’s kind of a slippery slope. If you favor taking children away because you don’t like the ideas they’re being taught, what’s to stop the government from also doing it to families who are BNP and EDL supporters? Communists? Socialists?

    I don’t like the thought of kids being taught extreme things either, but I doubt this will actually help and may be counterproductive. Freedom as a principle isn’t always convenient.

  • sasboy

    Crack down on people who break the law but beware of prison overcrowding if too many parents are locked up with them.

    Also Boris Johnson is of partly Turkish background so I am sceptical of claims he could be anti Muslim.

  • Reynardine

    Here you are.

  • Reynardine

    Yeah. And Dominionists and birthers in this country.

  • rookie

    -Nidal Malick?
    You mean Nidal Hasan?

    -al Walakhi?
    You mean Al Awlaki?
    Oh, dear…

  • LiesYouTell

    How about removing children from violent, racist, neo-Nazi EDL members?

  • wich

    Why you keep calling these guys (Rigby ‘s murders) by the names they have already disowned? Why don’t do the same to Muhammad Ali as Casious Clay? Not everyone is a loon…

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  • Ilisha

    Here’s a bit of trivia regarding Boris Johnson’s ancestry.

    It seems he had a Turkish great grandfather, Ali Kemal. Kemal was a politician and journalist who met a brutal, untimely death at the hands of a lynch mob in 1920:

  • Tanveer Khan

    Sarcasm. I love it. :-) Although I guess it’s also a glass-half-full take on it… XD

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Sometimes though children become the fiercest opponents their fundie or radical parents.

  • Ilisha

    That’s an impressive glass-half-full take on things. Or a good example of your sarcasm. :-)

  • Tanveer Khan

    I guess putting them in care is better than blowing them to bits with a drone…

  • Bob
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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    What a clown.

  • Ilisha

    Good article. Thanks, Sarah.

    Fpund this interesting:

    Those who become radicalised typically come from irreligious backgrounds. In many cases they will have been involved in gangs, criminality or other forms of clandestine activity. This is the profile most susceptible to radicalisation; individuals with these traits are a prime target for Islamist [sic] recruiters…

  • SarahAB
  • mindy1

    *facepalm* although I agree that radicals should not raise childern, if we follow his premise it could mean ANY radicals, not just Islamic ones.

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