Taxpayers foot the bill to combat Islamic extremism
If this isn’t Jizya, Cranmer is not sure what is.
Jizya is the tax under Islamic law which non-Muslims have to pay in order to live their lives with a degree of autonomy and to practise their faith free from aggression.
Birmingham City Council spent £525,000 in the last financial year under the Government’s secrecy-shrouded Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (PVE). And now they are throwing another £2.4 million at the project, to be spread over the next three years. Since this augments the Council Tax, it is a manifest financial penalty upon each household in areas with significant Muslim populations in order to combat Islamist aggression.
While councils across the country have received PVE cash to help communities tackle extremism, there are concerns over how some local authorities are using the money. Birmingham City Council used the £525,000 to fund projects at 10 mosques in the city. Dr Mashuq Ally, the council’s ‘Head of Equality and Diversity’ (who asked taxpayers if they wanted to fund such Marxist pursuits?) said the projects ‘focused on young people, religious institutions, and women and media’. Among them was a scheme to teach imams English. Another was aimed at developing management structures in the mosques.
Surely these ‘management structures’ ought simply be educated to employ English-speaking imams in the first place. Why should the taxpayer subsidise importing Pakistani imams into UK mosques? It is not their lack of English that offends, but the particular brand of Islam that they preach. At least if they cannot speak English, the propagation of their message of hate is somewhat hindered.
Another programme involved the council funding Criminal Records Bureau checks on all teachers and staff working at the Islamic schools attached to the mosques. But since other schools are obliged to find this money themselves, this amounts to a taxpayer subsidy on unregulated madrassas. The people of Birmingham are unwittingly helping to educate the next generation of Muslims through faith schools which are not subject to Ofsted - the state’s inspection regime.
Among the mosques to receive funding is the Green Lane mosque in Small Heath, notorious for being featured on the Channel 4 Dispatches programme Undercover Mosque, the sequel of which broadcasts tomorrow. But in contravention of every guideline for the spending of taxpayers’ money, substantial funds are allocated with no accountability. While some may question how Dr Mashuq Ally, a Muslim, could lead on matters of equality and diversity, all ought to be concerned with his admission that ‘we commission work and pay for the cost for things to be delivered. We don’t go and tender out, the reason for that is that it can create divisions within communities’.
You see, this work is ‘highly specialised’ – too specialised for the kuffar to comprehend, and too specialised to merit obtaining at least two competing quotations to ensure good value for the taxpayer.
There is no doubt that some Muslims object to PVE because they think the programme stigmatises them, but there are an awful lot more non-Muslims who object to the fact that Muslim groups seem to be benefiting from the handouts while youth clubs, libraries and community centres have been closed down for lack of funds.
And when one considers the behaviour of the councillors in Tower Hamlets, one has to wonder whether local government is even capable of choosing appropriate Muslim partners for this kind of project. When the Government’s Communities and Local Government department was asked what checks, if any, are being carried out to ensure local authorities are allocating funding effectively to counter extremism, a spokeswoman said: "This funding is not being ring-fenced in this financial year, but is currently being paid through the Area Based Grant. This gives local authorities flexibility about how they used their resources.
"The Communities Secretary will be reviewing these arrangements at the end of the financial year 2008/09 and will consider at that point whether there are exceptional circumstances which would merit ring-fencing."
So the peace and safety of the realm is the hands of Hazel Blears. Isn’t that reassuring?