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Passion Islam I August 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
UK government
accused of
trying to
‘re-program’
Muslims
Britain’s mainstream Muslim umbrella said in launching a government report on organisations, mosques, charities and
organisation has expressed its “deep ‘Preventing Violent Extremism, next Steps schools, said it had argued that the
reservations” about the government’s for Communities’ in Manchester, northern government’s counter-terrorism strategy
latest plan to create a government-funded England. was mis- guided.
board of theologians to prevent Islam MCB questioned the government’s “The most productive way to tackle
being abused by extremists. claim that the initiative came from the extremism is to improve upon civic
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) also country’s two million Muslim community, engagement with all communities, to
criticised why Islam was being singled out saying “scepticism for such an idea will work towards eradicating prejudice and
in what it called a “top-down initiative from resonate not only amongst Muslims, but discrimination against all sectors of
sections of government who have been wider British society.” society and to pursue policies designed to
seeking to marginalise large segments of “In a country where the state is largely increase social justice both at home and
the British Muslim community Muslims.” neutral on theological matters, and where abroad,” it said.
“For too long now, British Muslims have no other similar arrangement exists for Bari also referred to the government’s
been viewed by this government through other minority faiths, such an initiative controversial decision to reverse its
the narrow prism of security,” said MCB will inevitably be met with scepticism and previous policy more than two years
secretary general Abdul Bari. mistrust,” Bari warned. ago by trying to exclude the umbrella
“British Muslims - like all citizens - have Muslim News editor Ahmad Versi organisation at the expense of cooperating
every right to peacefully disagree with accused ministers of trying to interfere with selected fringe groups that support
government policies if they wish and they in the Muslim community on religious its policies.
do not need to be ‘re-programmed’ by a matters and warned that other attempts to “Our disagreement with government
government-approved list of theologians,” have a state-controlled version of a had is now regarded by some as extremism
Bari said. “no credibility.” and we appeal to all reasonable minded
The latest plan to establish a board of “It proves that the whole strategy of the UK people to stand firm in opposing such
around 20 leading Muslim scholars and government is to target not just Muslims dictatorial and unhelpful positions,” he
community leaders, who have yet to be but Islam itself,” Versi said. said.
named, was announced by Communities “It is not targeting extremism but the But dispute the rebuff, the secretary
Secretary Hazel Blears. Muslim community, including now on general repeated that the MCB “remains
The board will examine issues relating matters of Islam,” he warned. committed to work for the common good
to Islam in a modern context and how that The MCB, which embraces over 500 of the society at large.”
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