Thursday, October 19, 2006


'The flag of Islam should be flown over the Dáil'

I see Islamic extremist Anjem Choudray is causing controversy here in Ireland yet again. Speaking before a debate in Trinity College he stated that the flag of Islam should be flown over Leinster House.

He also reiterated his belief that Muslim violence is justified in certain circumstances.

Mr Choudray stated:

"As a Muslim, I believe Islam is superior to every other way of life and that it can resolve all the social and economic problems that Ireland suffers from.

"And as a symbol of that, the flag of Islam should be flown over the Dáil.

"This is symbolic of the fact that all societies will be run better according to God’s law."

Choudray, a British-born lawyer, angered the Irish Government last year when, again speaking at Trinity College, he said that Ireland risked becoming a target for a 9/11 style attack because it allowed US war planes to refuel at Shannon Airport.

He was invited by the Philosophical Society at Trinity College to debate Islamic violence with other speakers.

Here's my thoughts on this - why on earth are Trinity College giving this guy a platform? His views are insulting and intolerable and should not be expressed. Is there any good reason whatsoever why this guy should be listened to?

If he wants to say these sick things let him say them elsewhere. He certainly shouldn't be brought over to the very country he is badmouthing!

I suppose some will say that it's good to debate these things with Choudray but does anyone thing debate is going to have an effect on him? Of course it won't. Here are some more examples of Choudray's views:

"One day the black flag of Islam will be flying over Downing Street."

Wow that sounds familar!

"Lands will not be liberated by individuals, but by an army. Eventually there'll have to be a Muslim army. It's just a matter of time before it happens."

Charming stuff no? Shame on Trinity College for inviting Choudray to speak - again.

Why give this man a platform?

Giving his thoughts on Muslim violence, Choudray said tonight:

"I think it is quite important that violence is defined and the Islamic context is presented because it is not as simple to say Muslims can never use any force or violence or fight to defend themselves.

"There is a context where Muslims have a right to defend their lives, their honour and their property."

Speaking on US military stopovers at Shannon Airport, he added:

"If US warplanes are using Irish soil, then Ireland is seen as aiding and abetting the war on so-called terror.

"Ireland says it has a position of neutrality but I don’t think it is seen that way in the Muslim world at all."

Yeah well I think most Muslims in this country are quite content with Ireland and that they will treat Choudray's remarks with the scorn they warrant.

I also look forward to seeing who Trinity College invite to future debates. Is Mullah Mohammed Omar available at all?


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