In order to rid Britain of “hate preaching,” UK Imams are being encouraged to start delivering sermons in English.
This should be interesting…
The Telegraph has been told that the counter-extremism taskforce is working on the plans amid concern that preaching in foreign languages enforces divisions between Islam and mainstream British society and can foster radicalisation.
Speaking a foreign language to spread a covert message is as basic as apple pie thrown at a Trump supporter by an Antifa thug. Except replace pie with “rocks.” Because if I were in a foreign country, and wanted to pass a message to someone, I’d just use my language instead of the native language. In fact, it happens in America all the time, people conversing in their own languages to gossip. Didn’t you see that Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets her nails done at a Korean salon? I thought everyone had.
Ministers have been inspired by some Middle Eastern countries that have begun urging that sermons be published in English online. A senior Government source said: “If imams are speaking in another language it makes it far harder to know if radicalisation is taking place.”
Gee, you think?
Currently, imams from outside the European Union who visit Britain have to prove they can speak English before a visa is granted. However, sources have ruled out the introduction of any new licensing scheme for imams already in the UK because it could be seen as a curb on religious freedom.
But see, the UK isn’t demanding Imams stop preaching Islam, or stop preaching at all. They’re asking Imams speak to their “flock” in English. Hardly a radical concept if the mosque is in England.
This isn’t so much a religious freedom issue as it is one of promoting transparency, as last we all checked, Islam tended to tell its followers to blow thy selves up (and others) in order to gain entrance to the 72 raisins.
Like France’s temporary ban on the burkini, and now Paris’s insistence on labor workers speaking French, what the UK is attempting is a pushback. Sure, they can’t kick out all the Islamists, but they can insist on transparency via speaking the language. It’s not like this measure is demanding Muslims wear Justin Bieber concert t-shirts. Nothing is that inhumane.
Let’s also remember the “First Amendment” doesn’t apply in Jolly Olde Britain.
And in the USA, it tends to be religious freedom for me and not for thee and what not (see University Madison Students Want Religious Freedom for Muslims… But Not Christians and Gay Wedding Cake At Muslim Bakeries).
Seriously though, the backlash to leftist policies in the UK is a fascinating one to watch.