Whenever an article about Islamic extremism in the UK appears at PJ Media, American readers invariably post comments that range from the sympathetic to contemptuous, most of which include the observation that Britain is “screwed,” or words to that effect. We Brits tend to take issue with such remarks, arguing that reports of our incorporation into a re-established caliphate are greatly exaggerated.
But then along comes another of those documentaries featuring secretly-filmed footage of Muslim clerics in British mosques preaching hatred against the Christians, Jews, and the West, and exhorting their followers to take up jihad. We’re reminded then that we do indeed have a bit of a problem.
The latest such documentary is Undercover Mosque: The Return, part of Channel 4′s Dispatches series. The program was itself a follow-up to an investigation last year in which preachers in a number of British mosques were filmed making anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks, and extolling the virtues of terrorism.
The police were quick to respond to those allegations: spurred on by the “moderate” Muslim Council of Britain and other Islamic groups, the West Midlands force tried to prosecute the program makers for inciting religious hatred. However, no charges were brought, and a complaint about the program lodged by the force was dismissed by broadcasting regulators.
The new investigation focused on one of the mosques featured in the 2007 program, the Regent’s Park Mosque in central London. It found that, despite promises by the mosque authorities to take action against the extremists, nothing much had changed. An undercover reporter — herself a Muslim — filmed female preachers calling on worshippers to kill non-believers and Jews, and ordering them not to associate with people from other religions. The mosque’s bookshop, meanwhile, was continuing to sell DVDs featuring extremist clerics calling on Muslims to wage jihad. There’s more about the program here, and you can watch it here.
It’s one thing listening to male preachers spouting hatred — those raving madmen with their Rasputin beards, missing eyes, and hook hands have become as synonymous with Britain as warm beer and cricket matches. It’s something else to hear soft-spoken teenage girls with London accents debating whether a homosexual should simply be stoned to death, or be thrown off a cliff and then stoned to death. And, while I wouldn’t for one moment want to suggest that women aren’t every bit as capable of waging jihad as their male counterparts — seeing as how big the Islamists are on women’s lib and all — if this is what’s going on in the ladies’ wing, you have to wonder what the men are getting up to.