Monday, 18 January 2010

Anjem Choudary: a serious man?

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Last week I blogged about the government's ban on the Islamist group Islam4UK, which is (was?) led by the self-styled Shariah judge Anjem Choudary. In my post I suggested the ban was unnecessary and counter-productive, because when you look at what Choudary and his followers get up to, their activities seem to generally amount to attempts to get as much publicity as possible by being as ludicrous as possible. Therefore, a ban is only going to a) get them more publicity, and b) encourage them.

And I have to say my view wasn't altered by an interview with Choudary which appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times. I recommend you read the whole thing (the interviewer Camilla Long, who Choudary insists on calling "Audrey", takes just the right tone with the man), but here, as a sample, is his answer to how he would go about imposing Shariah law on the UK:
"Public awareness and possibly a military coup.”
 That's it, I'm playing my Joker card...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Choudary was mentioned on the BBC's "The Big Questions" yesterday morning (perfect way to get you up and shouting at the TV on a Sunday morning). The discussion was about whether there are, or should be any taboos in comedy and they had a Muslim comedian on (not sure if he was practising or not).

The comedian said he had met Choudary while waiting for a BBC programme and Choudary had told him it was against Sharia law to act, and to be a comedian. When the comedian asked why Choudary was there he saw no irony is saying he was there because the BBC was making a programme about it. So, when we become an Islamic country don't expect any acting, or comedy, just lots of interviews with Choudary. Deep joy.....

Joe Hayhurst said...

That's ironic, Anon, because this guy Choudary IS a comedian. There is no way he can actually believe he is going to achieve any of his aims, and even the vast majority of Muslims seem embarrassed by his stunts. He also seems to be suppressing a smirk whenever I see him on TV or in a photo. I genuinely think he just likes being famous, a bit like Jade Goody. Banning his daft groups just gives him the oxygen of more publicity. We should all just learn to laugh at him, if not with him.

Anonymous said...

I believe in free speech within reason (I'm not a Humanist) but people like Chaudry are dangerous when they incite hatred and violence. Islam in Britain needs rethinking. Did you know that around half of Muslims in the UK believe that Sharia Law should become OUR legal system?