Patrick Sookhdeo talks to the Telegraph:
“The whole approach towards Muslim militants was based on appeasement. 7/7 proved that that approach does not work – yet it is still being followed. For example, there is a book, The Noble Koran: a New Rendering of its Meaning in English, which is openly available in Muslim bookshops. It calls for the killing of Jews and Christians, and it sets out a strategy for killing the infidels and for warfare against them. The Government has done nothing whatever to interfere with the sale of that book. Why not? Government ministers have promised to punish religious hatred, to criminalise the glorification of terrorism, yet they do nothing about this book, which blatantly does both.”
The reference is evidently to a translation of the Qur’an by two Sufi scholars, Abdalhaqq and Aisha Bewley, which has been praised in the Middle East Quarterly for its “excellent, readable English”. (The MEQ, if you didn’t know, is published by the Middle East Forum, whose director is Daniel Pipes.) And Sookhdeo proposes, in all seriousness, that the government should ban it!
This proposal, predictably, is enthusiastically endorsed by the BNP, who (as we have noted before) are great admirers of Sookhdeo. As usual, though, the fascists feel that he fails to draw the necessary conclusions: “we believe that nothing but total separation of the majority of Muslims from the secular and Christian West will ensure the latter’s survival…. The pattern of very recent mass migration from the Islamic world into the west must be at first halted and then reversed.”