Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Your taxes promoting Islam

I signed a petition on the PM's url.

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ban the use of public money to fund the training of imans or any other pro muslim cause.”

Read the Government’s response
'It is not the role of government to dictate how imams are trained. However, Muslim communities tell us that the provision of training for UK imams is often inadequate to enable them to fulfil their full potential for leadership within the community.

In order to tackle violent extremism, Muslim communities need imams who have the language, pastoral and other skills to engage with young people in their communities, in order to build resilience and support the vulnerable.

The Government is therefore seeking to increase the number and qualification standards of new imams trained in the UK while supporting the professional development of existing imams.

Government support in this area is warranted because Muslim communities, and particularly Muslim youth, are more at risk of being targeted by violent extremists.

It is therefore appropriate to support the training of those in a position to build resilience to violent extremism and protect the vulnerable. This often takes the form of support for community-led initiatives to train Muslim faith leaders to enable them to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.'

So we have government sponsored Islamic training. I think one good way to curb Islamic extremism is to promote the faith long established in this land by preaching the Christian gospel. Grants for evangelism anyone?

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