Nicola Sturgeon nominated for Neville Chamberlain Peace Prize
The terrorist attack that narrowly failed to inflict mass slaughter at Glasgow airport on 30 June 2007 has had a singular impact on Scotland's public life. A universal sense of shock was followed by vigorous official efforts to build bridges to the country's approximately 60,000 Muslims. A week later, on 7 July, the cream of Scotland's establishment gathered in George Square in Glasgow's heart to offer them protection and reassurance. The institutions represented included the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP), the police, the Church of Scotland, the trade unions, and the vocal anti-war movement. Nobody wondered aloud about the religious dimensions of the violent ideology that had evidently motivated the would-be massacre. Indeed, Scotland's health minister and SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon was explicit that "Islam is a religion of peace".
Paying the Jizya for Community Cohesion
THE Scottish Government's decision to award more than £400,000 to an Islamic group run by an SNP activist was last night branded "unusual" by a senior figure in the body which oversees voluntary groups.
Stephen Maxwell, a director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said First Minister Alex Salmond had been exposed to attack because of the presence of SNP activists in the group.
And Maxwell – himself a senior SNP figure – suggested the grants should have been postponed until legal formalities at the Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF) had been completed.
Opposition MSPs are now demanding an independent inquiry and are calling on Salmond to publish all the correspondence and documentation behind the funding deal.
The newly-formed SIF is currently being run by Osama Saeed, the SNP's parliamentary candidate for the Glasgow Central constituency. The organisation's board also includes SNP activists and members of Saeed's family. Documents creating the group as a company were signed in the SNP's headquarters in Glasgow.
In March, the SNP handed the body £215,000, most of which will be spent on promoting an "IslamFest" event next year, to be run by the SIF.
A further £190,000 was awarded earlier this month from the Government-run Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund (RRRI) which supports organisations that assist ethnic minority communities.
Muslim brotherhood funded by Scottish taxpayers
In the last year the Scottish Islamic Foundation has made great strides towards becoming the Scottish version of the Muslim Council of Britain – albeit inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Jamaat-e-Islami.
Osama Saeed, the SIF’s founder, has so far persuaded the Scottish National Party to give the group almost £400,000 of public funds. In return, Saeed has promised the SNP that – given enough money – he can persuade Scottish Muslims to embrace Scottish Nationalism and turn their backs on Labour – the traditional recipient of Scottish Muslims’ votes.
What the Scottish government may have overlooked is that Osama Saeed, a former member of the Muslim Association of Britain, is a committed Muslim Brotherhood activist who will shamelessly use public money to promote his own bigoted form of Islamism.
The confluence between Islam and Socialism becomes clearer the more one studies any situation where Islam is making headway. Just as the socialists allied themselves with Islam to overthrow the Shah in Iran, so have the Muslims allied themselves with Labour in England and the SNP in Scotland to progressively alter social and government institutions in order to further their goal of Islamisation. The reasons why are absurdly simple and naïve, so that one wonders whether the politicians could really be so stupid.
Why a supposedly nationalist party — in theory concerned first and foremost with its own nation’s well-being — would align itself with people like this is confusing, until you realise that the “nationalism” of the SNP is merely a convenient coat-tail to power.
Divisive education policies
On the launch of Saeed's group by Alex Salmond last month, Amanullah de Sondy, a lecturer in Divinity at Glasgow University, also wrote on his blog that the group "will further [reinforce] isolationist approaches to education and hamper attempts at building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims. I have nothing against the SIF... but they are not representative of a 'Muslim community'."
Significantly, Osama Saeed spent the weekend not in Scotland but in London, speaking at IslamExpo, an event dominated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and members of the Muslim Association of Britain, for whom Saeed was formerly a spokesman.
During IslamExpo, whose events were attended and recorded by CSC staff, he was frequently seen conferring with Anas al-Tikriti, the main organiser of the event who is another former member of the Muslim Association of Britain. http://www.socialcohesion.co.uk/blog/2008/07/scottish-government-to-fund-scottish-islamic-foundation.html
Muslims cash in on Scots equality fund
Islamic organisations receive more public funding for ‘equality’ than all other religious groups put together in Scotland, it has been revealed. Almost 60 per cent of all grants given out by the Equality Unit has gone to just five Muslim groups.
The groups were awarded £1.5 million of public money, dwarfing the £137,500 given to Christian charities and the £110,000 given to Jewish organisations. Muslims make up less than one per cent of Scotland’s population but two thirds identify themselves as Christians. Organisations promoting equality between religions such as the Inter Faith Council and the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association received £586,160 and £219,800 respectively. One of the Muslim organisations benefitting from the £1.5 million funding includes the Scottish Islamic Foundation, which is run by a prospective SNP candidate for Glasgow Central. Critics are concerned about the imbalance of funding and fear it will antagonise other religious groups.
A Labour backbencher George Foulkes said: “I’ve had representatives raise this and they are deeply concerned at the imbalance in the grant allocation.” He warns: “They say not only is it unfair but it’s dangerous.” Murdo Fraser, the Tory deputy leader stated there was nothing wrong with giving grants to different religious groups but underlined that it had to be “proportionate”. Mr Fraser said: “It would be legitimate to ask why the Government is so focussed on giving such large sums to Muslim groups at the expense of other faiths”. A representative for the Muslim Council of Scotland accused Mr Foulkes of stirring up trouble between faiths. A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond pointed out that the figures do not include funding from other areas which contribute to charities such as faith schools and aid organisations. http://www.christian.org.uk/news/muslims-cash-in-on-scots-equality-fund
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