There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the state of the UK.

Shortly after the London bombings I clearly remember turning on the television and seeing Tony Blair engaged in a moving, accurate and well thought out speech.
“These people, these terrorists, they will not change our way of life, they will not take from us what we hold so dearly”
Yet they already have. Can anybody remember a political party or organisation being banned in the
UK? I can’t. Possibly the best example of this I can site is that of Sinn Fein, when even in the height of the troubles, and despite it’s overt alliance with the Irish republican army, membership if it was never an offence. Why is Hizb-ut-Tahrir any different? Because it’s a Muslim party? We white British citizens have ‘under the bed’ parties like the BNP that promote racism and hatred, yet they are still allowed. I don’t like what they have to say and what they stand for, but freedom of speech means exactly that, freedom.

It’s my understanding that the goal of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, is to re-establish by political work alone an Islamic form of governance in the Muslim world, and in doing so, end the damaging interference that has persisted in the Muslim world from the colonial powers and their viceroys until today. Their frank words and Islamic rhetoric for their Muslim audience do not sit well with me, but they are non-violent.

The ban that Tony Blair has proposed is just the first step onto a slippery slope. should lead Muslim and non-Muslim alike to question the easy talk of freedom of speech, tolerance, human rights and democracy that falls from the lips of powerful men


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