British imam's daughter under police protection after converting to Christianity
The Times Online reports:
A British imam's daughter is living in fear of her life under police protection after she received death threats from her family for converting to Christianity. The young woman, aged 32, whose father is a Muslim imam in the north of England, has moved house 45 times to escape detection by her family since she became a Christian 15 years ago.
And who's taken up the cudgels for the woman? The women's liberation movement? The Left? Why it's ...
The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, will claim "freedom to believe" is under threat in Britain because of Islamic hostility to conversion.
Hannah, now employed in multi-faith youth work and who gives talks to churches on Islam, is the daughter of a Lancashire imam whose seven other children are demanding she return to Islam. She has been in hiding, since her home was attacked by a group of men armed with knives, axes and hammers, in 1994. She will describe today how she is in fear of her life after the death threats against her were recently renewed. ...
Pakistan-born Dr Nazir-Ali, who has a Christian and Muslim background, is patron of Lapido Media, funded by donations and trusts including the Jerusalem Trust. The word ‘lapido’ means ‘to speak up for’ in the Acholi language of Northern Uganda. The charity has been named in honour of the courage of Acholi church leaders who campaigned for an end to a little-reported 20-year war there, involving the abduction of 25,000 children.
The story is interesting because it advances two conjectures. First the native Western liberal intellectual elite is going betray every principle it espouses to a) bash America; b) keep itself "safe". As I have often said, the War on Terror has been a tragedy for the Left in a way that it has never been for conservatives. The second conjecture is that the real opposition to Islamic theocracy will come from Muslims, ex-Muslims and Christians from the Third World or Westerners who have somehow avoided drinking the fatal elixir of political correctness.
In contrast to Dr Nazir-Ali is the recent behavior of the BBC. The Daily Mail reports:
The BBC funded a paintballing trip for men later accused of Islamic terrorism and didn't pass on information about the 21/7 bombers to police, a court heard yesterday.
The organisation gave Mohammed Hamid, an Islamic preacher accused of radicalising British Muslims, a £300 fee and paid for fellow defendants to go and be filmed for a documentary.
After the botched July attacks Hamid told a BBC reporter he had worked with on the programme 'Don't Panic, I', Islamic' that he knew the identities of the culprits - but she felt 'no obligation' to tell police, the court heard.
The journalist informed her boss and the information was passed on up to senior executives but a decision was taken not to pass it on.
The prosecutor was incredulous. Should he have been?
Ms Suleaman said she spoke to Hamid soon after the failed attacks on July 21 2005 and he sounded 'guarded' and 'worried'.
She claimed he had been shocked that he knew the accused and was worried they might call him as they were on the run.
Prosecuting barrister Duncan Penny asked her: 'Did you tell him to go to the police?'
Ms Suleaman replied: 'I don't think I needed to.'
Mr Penny said: 'Here was a man who told you that he knew those individuals who, as I understand it, were currently still at large for what on the face of it was the attempted bombings of the transport network a fortnight after it happened, and he was telling you he had some knowledge of them?
Ms Suleaman said: 'I got the sense that he was already talking to the police.' She added: 'I referred it to my immediate boss at the BBC. I wasn't told that there was an obligation.
'I obviously had to report back to my immediate manager at the BBC. In fact it was referred above her as well.
'It was such a big story. At one stage the head of news at the BBC was involved. No one at any stage said there was an obligation.'