Wednesday, January 20, 2010

U.K. -- Ban Imposed on Muslim Group

A report in the New York Times indicates that Britain has outlawed a radical Islamic group that had incited outrage by planning a protest march through the streets of a town made famous for its somber ceremonies honoring British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.  Alan Johnson, the British home secretary, said the move criminalizing membership in the banned group, Islam4UK, was a “tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism.”  The ban, which took effect on January 14, also outlawed other names used by the organization.  Islam4UK decried Britain’s action in a statement posted to its website, saying that the prohibition of the group was “a clear case of the oppressor and tyrant blaming the oppressed.”  The organization has described itself as a platform for promoting the views of an extremist Islamic group, Al Muhajiroun, which praised the hijackers of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States as heroes, but disbanded in 2005 in response to a British government order banning it.  Islam4UK says it has never advocated or been involved with violence.  The ban was announced one day after a court found five British Muslim men guilty of harassment and using insulting language during a protest they had staged at a separate parade welcoming British troops home from Afghanistan. The men had shouted slogans describing the soldiers as “murderers,” “rapists” and “baby killers.”



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