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A Non-Violent Jihadi is Still a Jihadi
by Ryan Mauro
The British media is reporting that a teacher in the London School of Economics' government department is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist group seeking to internally overthrow democracy and capitalism and replace it with Sharia Law. Unfortunately, the violence of groups like Al-Qaeda has caused HUT and groups like it to look less extreme by comparison and so they are not receiving the attention they deserve.
The revelation that an HUT member teaches students in a London university and preaches at a mosque attended by students is exposing the reach of the group. The London Times reports that at least two teachers in London are members or supporters of HUT. This follows an earlier report that resulted in a political scuffle in November when David Cameron, the leader of the opposition Conservative Party, alleged that the government had provided funds to fight extremism to two schools run by the Islamic Shakyhsiyah Foundation, which he said was linked to HUT.
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls calls the accusation a lie, saying that the two schools were inspected in 2007 and were not found to be teaching extremism. The "proprietor" of the school in Slough is the wife of a HUT spokesman and the head teacher is a member of the group who expressed opposition to the "corrupt Western concepts of materialism and freedom" in her journal. The second school in Haringey has had its funding suspended.
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