Anjem Choudary and Islam4UK really scare me - I find their obsession with the removal and suppression of all that defines freedom; positive and negative alike - genuinely terrifying.
Can I report them for inciting terrorism?
I would willingly take up arms against atavistic religious fundamentalism and see my sons do likewise to defend freedom of expression - but I accept that is a gut response, born of fear and perhaps a lack of understanding.
Of course I should be tolerant - I have been told so by the righteous; the Quilliam Foundation tell me that Anjem Choudary does not speak for all Muslims, when discussing my concerns the response is often "Clara you sound like a racist and a bigot" - a criticism that genuinely distresses me.
That said I do know that there were Jewish leaders, ignored by the international community, in 1930s Germany, warning of the rise of the National Socialists - Churchill himself identified the Nazis as a threat and was roundly set upon by those around him, accused of being a scaremonger and corrosive naysayer.
Naysayers are painted as intolerant of free speech and unnecessarily pessimistic - and for good reason. The right to freedom of expression is sacrosanct, and we should not criticise others - that's right innit? Therein lies a conundrum, one that the vacillation over Geert Wilder's UK admission is a good example of.
There is a walk in Westminster being planned for the 5th of November, and if my recent illness and lack of self-employed income had not taken it's toll I had planned to be there, this walk in the sunshine a symbolic gesture "in the den of thieves", as OH would have it - a poignant symbol of our displeasure with those who sit in the Palace nearby and an all too rare act of public solidarity in these troubled times.
My knee jerk reaction to Anjem Choudary's proclamation in the video? Fuck freedom of expression, forget a symbolic walk in the sun to celebrate a failed 17th century plot against our own parliament, Islam4UK are plotting against our freedom - now. The 5th of November's vague relevance to our current situation will be lost on the mass of the British sheeple - and we know how unlikely a walk on that day is to change anything. There is a clear and present danger we cannot ignore, I quote
"Islam4UK would like to declare the launch of a spectacular procession that will take place on 31st October 2009"
"We hereby request all Muslims in the United Kingdom, in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow and all other places to join us and collectively declare that as submitters to Almighty Allah (SWT), we have had enough of democracy and man-made law and the depravity of the British culture. On this day we will call for a complete upheaval of the British ruling system its members and legislature, and demand the full implementation of Shari'ah in Britain."
This constitutes a declaration of war - the walk in the sunshine on the 5th of November? Merely rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
What about the 31st of October, toe to toe with Islam4UK in a silent protest? I'll crawl to London from Edinburgh for that...