Saturday, November 3, 2007

'Hate literature easily found at UK mosques'

By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 3:35am GMT 30/10/2007

Extremist literature that encourages hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain's mosques, according to a new survey.
Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claims it found the literature in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited.Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and for unbelievers to be treated as second-class citizens wherever possible.The literature also allegedly contained repeated calls for gays to be thrown from mountains and tall buildings and for women to be subjugated.
Policy Exchange said that among the documents were the anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, and other publications peddling bizarre conspiracy theories.
Anthony Browne, the director of Policy Exchange, said: "It is clearly intolerable that hate literature is peddled at some British mosques.;jsessionid=4BP4YLRHKRJW1QFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2007/10/30/nmosques130.xml

1 comment:

Gabriele Marranci said...

thanks for this post. I think that there is an urgent need for serious research which focus more on how this material is used.
The fact that the radical material is there does not tell us very much. I am also very concerned about the methodology of the report. I think that there are issues which may compromise the overall structure. I have written a post concerning my doubts. I hope that a more independent can be conducted that also will include the issues of by whom and how and for which reasons this literature is read.
Best wishes