How is that whole ‘tolerance’ thing working out for you?
With the identification of ‘Jihadi John’ this week as one Mohammed Emwazi, much focus has been given to his numerous apologists. Not least have been the representatives of the ‘CAGE’ activist group. As Maajid Nawaz and Mehrdad Amanpour have both complained, this platform given to them by journalists effectively normalises jihadist narratives in the media and wider society.
There is however another massive normalising entity for these barbarians – the UK’s University sector, and it fails to receive anything near the scrutiny it deserves.
Hot on the heels of Mohammed’s unmasking, we find out that he graduated from the University of Westminster. The University issued a statement shortly after, claiming the institution was “shocked and sickened by the news” and that it is “working…to tackle extremism”.
Which is interesting. As on the very same day this news broke, an Islamic hate preacher was due to speak at the University. Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad is a lovely chap – “kind, gentle” just like his co-religionist Mohammed. He believes that homosexuality is “criminal”, a “scourge” and “evil”. He also provides advice on the correct way to hack a girl’s genitals to pieces. Oh, and of course, the obligatory “hating the Kuffar”.
Students presented the university with a petition containing over 2,000 signatures against al-Haddad’s talk being allowed to go ahead. The University’s initial response was stunning. They said they were “committed to maintaining freedom of speech and a diversity of views as set out in the Education Act 1986″ but that “[a]s a diverse community of local and international students of many faiths, respect and tolerance is our foremost concern”.
Read more: Breitbart