Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Radical cleric invited back to UK
icNewcastle ^ | July 12 2004

Posted on 07/12/2004 12:02:57 PM PDT by knighthawk

Ken Livingstone has invited controversial Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi back to Britain for another speaking tour.

Ignoring the growing outrage over Dr al-Qaradawi's presence, Labour's London Mayor offered him a personal invitation to return for a three-day conference in October, saying it would be an "honour".

And in angry defiance he rounded on opposition leader Michael Howard and the press claiming they have helped stoke up the alarm over the cleric's London talks with Britain's Muslim community.

Ignorance and political point-scoring have fuelled the damning "hysteria", Mr Livingstone insisted.

Dr al-Qaradawi has been heavily criticised after describing suicide bombers as "martyrs" and for his views on homosexuals and women.

The pair were sharing a platform at a City Hall conference on an Islamic woman's right to wear the hijab head-dress. More than 250 European Muslim delegates broke into applause at the invitation and its provisional acceptance.

Dr al-Qaradawi said he "welcomed" the invitation to attend the European Social Forum, a collection of thousands of voluntary and faith groups from across Europe, at Alexander Palace.

Speaking through an interpreter he said: "I would like this invitation. I would hope to meet him (Mr Livingstone) again."

Mr Livingstone said: "On behalf of the people of London, I would like to apologise to the Sheikh for the outburst of xenophobia in sections of the media.

"It is not the first time it has happened. Many of us have been victims of this in the past when the press write speeches that were not made from a meeting you never attended."

TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alqaradawi; cleric; labour; redical

1 posted on 07/12/2004 12:02:58 PM PDT by knighthawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...


2 posted on 07/12/2004 12:03:17 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson