Detectives had made secret recordings of Muslims Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, plotting to target Mr Smith.
Sarah Whitehouse, the Prosecutor told Snaresbrook Crown Court, East London: “The evidence from what was said on the probe points overwhelmingly to a religious motive for this attack.”
There are allegations that the Muslim men have tried three times to attack the RE teacher as he made his way to Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow, East London.
Since being charged, these scandalous ‘men’ have admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Badruzzuha Uddin, 23, also from the area, admitted assisting the thugs by hiding blood-stained clothes.
Mr Smith said he was “determined” to go back to work after last July’s attack.
He has warned news reporters that “[He] survived but somebody else might not.”
Well. I wonder what those Muslim ‘sisters’ think about their own religion now? Those men have not given the best impression of traditional Islam values have they?
It’s an absolute disgrace that this country has backsliden so much that we are passively allowing religious extremism such as this to go on. It’s only when it’s too late that anything is done about it.
All I can say is ‘poor girls’, and poor RE teacher for doing his job. If these radicals don’t like the way we educate young people in this country, then I suggest they move elsewhere. There’s just no room for intolerance and Islamic extremism (or any extremism) here. And this should be made clear by the Government.
And this has highlighted further the need for religious education in schools. So that we can be educated on beliefs and systems, in order that such attacks can be prevented.
It’s also very worth while in saying that the majority of British Muslims will be mourning today. Their religion is not based on violence. Why is it that the minority of the Islamic family insist on causing riot?
I’m just hoping that these girls have been taught about the liberating power of Jesus, and how he can transform and heal. We all need to be praying for the victims involve in this horrific incident.
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I think the Australian prime minister had it right when he gave his speech saying something like.. this nation and culture was built upon our belief in the bible God, if you don’t want that then don’t join our country.
I think the UK needs to embrace this idea of not worrying about being so ‘politically correct’ over everything but standing up for the biblical truths which founded our countries, with love and respect ofcourse..
I think so too AJ. It often feels that our country is being beaten up by political correctness.
But this article shows that political correctness just isn’t working; groups (not just Muslim radicals) will push the boundaries further and further in order that they can do more, and get away with more. It’s a very big problem, and dangerous at that too.
This is ridiculous. You don’t see Christian’s beating up RE teachers for educating fellow Christian’s about other religions.
And the operative word here is ‘education’ – because it’s just that. It doesn’t sound as though he was imposing his beliefs on them, merely educating them. And when people are educated they can come to their own conclusions about what they believe.
These people are going to give Muslims everywhere a bad reputation. And I definitely agree that political correctness has gone mad – nobody knows what the ‘correct’ thing to say is anymore; everybody is just het up that they’re going to upset one person or another – so much for freedom of speech!!
Absolutely. It’s time we all make a stand, Cez.
I agree with this article actually, I don’t think anyone should move to another country with a different religion and cause violence because it is being taught there. Of course it will be taught in that country, and if they don’t like it, they should move to a country that has the same values they have. However, one thing I don’t quite agree on is the fact that christians wouldn’t do that. This isn’t so much a case of one religion being violent and another not, that minority can be the minority in any religion. It’s about the types of people that commit violent acts, not the religion. If those people are naturally violent, they could have done that no matter what religion they were.
I am afraid, Dean, that you are perpetuating the myth that Islam is a religion of peace. It most certainly is not.
I take it from that remark you have read neither the Koran nor the hadiths.
If the Prophet commands his followers to ‘kill the Jews where you find them’ (the most well-known violent passage among literally dozens) how can you claim it to be peaceful?
There is more anti-Semitism in the Koran than there is in Mein Kampf (11% of its passages as against 7.6% in Mein Kampf) and Muslim children are brought up to believe this.
Why is it that almost all terrorism in the world today is perpetrated by Muslims? Thankfully mostly slaughtering themselves.
Islam, being regarded as, literally, the immutable word of God cannot change, as say Christianity evolved from its own murderous past. Islam is firmly locked in its own seventh century and there it must remain, since it CANNOT, by its very nature, change.
So what about the other 89% then?
The Bible, for example, has violence in it. ‘Whose who live by the sword shall die by the sword’ and such like, Does it make Christianity violent? Of course not! Christianity is founded on the life giving, saving power of Jesus Christ.
I haven’t read the Qu’ran in great detail, but I do know that it has at least some moral code which would be widely accepted by humanity.
Thank you for your reply, Dean.
What 89%? You mean the rest of the Koran that isn’t anti-Semitic? I don’t understand. Even in the Koran there has to something about things other than anti-Semitism.
Firstly, are you familiar with the concept of ‘abrogation’? This is when the Prophet passed on revelations from God (by way of Gabriel) that post-date earlier ones on the same subject. The later revelation always takes precedence over the earlier where there is a conflict of meaning.
It is significant that the passages of the Koran, revealed to Muhammad in the earlier stages of the creation of Islam, when Islam was weak, were conciliatory and relatively moderate, while later passages, as Islam grew stronger and more dominant, became much more strident and aggressive (the Koran is not written chronologically by the way, it is written in decreasing order of size of the suras).
So when studying this subject it is essential to know where the revelations under discussion come in the time line.
Secondly, while doubtless there is violence described in the Bible, it is precisely that; in the Bible it is descriptive violence while in the Koran it is prescriptive. The bible tells us what happened; the Koran tells us what must happen. This is critical.
To generalise, the New Testament is based on love, while the Koran is based on hate.
Sad, very sad, but I’m afraid it is true.
Just in response to the debate going on about whether or not Islam is peaceful… I was talking to a family friend not long ago about religion, amongst other things, and he suggested that Islam could be going through a phase at the moment, since it is relatively young compared to say Christianity and Judaism, just like Christianity did with the Crusades, for want of a better example. Now, I’m not very knowledgeable about the history of Christianity or Islam, but I just though that this could be a consideration? Of course, we’ll never know if it is because we’d be long dead if it snapped out of this ‘phase’…
Personally, I believe that, in general, most world religions are peaceful by nature. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t examples of violence connected with them, as it is clearly evidence to the contrary. But the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful people, just like the vast majority of Christians are, even though there are examples from history to the contrary —> my father grew up as a Protestant in Northern Ireland during part of the conflict there between Catholics and Protestants and knows people who died as a result – the Bible doesn’t condone violence like that, but it still happened. And very, very close to home.
Basically, we can’t judge the whole of the Islamic faith by the actions of a few, so saying that Islam is by nature a violent religion is stupid when there are so many Muslims who show that this is not the case.
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