(Via Islamophobia Watch:)
"Patrick Sookhdeo talks to the Telegraph: "The whole approach towards Muslim militants was based on appeasement. 7/7 proved that that approach does not work – yet it is still being followed. For example, there is a book, The Noble Koran: a New Rendering of its Meaning in English, which is openly available in Muslim bookshops. It calls for the killing of Jews and Christians, and it sets out a strategy for killing the infidels and for warfare against them. The Government has done nothing whatever to interfere with the sale of that book. Why not? Government ministers have promised to punish religious hatred, to criminalise the glorification of terrorism, yet they do nothing about this book, which blatantly does both."" [link]
Islamophobia Watch has noted how enthusiastically the British
Nazi National Party endorses Sookhdeo. Of course, Sookhdeo is not to be criticised merely because his views chime so much with a bunch of racists like the BNP.
There's lots of assertions in the article, but they're not really worth responding to. However, there is one point which is worth noting. The article claims
"[Sookhdeo] speaks with authority on Islam, as it was his first faith: he was brought up as a Muslim in Guyana, the only English colony in South America, and attended a madrassa there."
Muslims have yet to solve the questions related to authority on and in Islam (perhaps they never will), but the Telegraph has granted Sookhdeo an ijaza to make all sorts of nosensical claims about Islam and Muslims, because he was "brought up as a Muslim" and had an education at "a madrassa". That could describe thousands of people -- Muslims -- in Britain. It might describe me. Apart from the fact that he's 'brown' (i.e. has an aura of 'authenticity'), a convert to Christianity, and doesn't like Islam,
I don't see why the Telegraph (or the jounalist Alasdair Palmer) believe he speaks with "authority" on Islam. Okay, now I see why.
Why do self-proclaimed defenders of Western reason resort to such irrational arguments?