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Not Jolly Good II: Islamists Funded by the UK Government
by David J. Rusin • Dec 30, 2009 at 11:27 am
The British government's history of employing Islamists and placing them in sensitive positions, the subject of the previous IW blog post, is only part of the problem. Equally troubling is the record of UK bureaucrats sending money to Islamists in the form of grants. Two recent scandals:
The TaxPayers' Alliance released a report in September on the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) program, through which the government teams with private organizations in efforts — often highly misguided — to combat radicalization. But consider some recipients of the largess.
The study finds that "around £850,000 has been given to the Muslim Council of Britain's official affiliates" over the past several years. Not only has the group heavy-handedly sought to implant Islam in public schools, but the government suspended links with it in early 2009 after one of its leaders signed a document indirectly "advocating attacks on the Royal Navy if it tries to stop arms for Hamas being smuggled into Gaza." Then there is this embarrassing grantee:
One month later the Telegraph disclosed more funding follies: The government, through various programs, paid £113,411 in 2008 to a foundation operated by senior members of the international Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. Specifically, the money has supported schools "where children are taught key elements of Hizb's ideology from the age of five." The Telegraph article goes on to outline the anti-Semitic and pro-jihad aspects of this ideology, summarizing Hizb ut-Tahrir's separatist worldview as follows:
Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, responded to the report by accusing officials of "sleeping on the job." He is far too polite. Only one adjective properly describes a government that funds those who seek its destruction: suicidal.