London Mayor’s Awkward Moment: Remove children from “Islamist radicals”
At last justice has been served. Michael Adebowale and Michael Abedbolago were convicted of the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last May. Rigby’s family issued a statement saying:
We would like to thank the judge and the courts for handing down what we believe to be the right prison terms.
We would also like to thank everyone who has supported us in the last nine months.
It has brought us a lot of comfort and we feel satisfied that justice has been served for Lee. We now ask to continue to grieve in private.
Predictably, anti-Muslim bigots have seized the opportunity to issue their own statements, recklessly indicting Islam, and with it, the entire UK Muslim community.
To his credit, London Mayor Boris Johnson prefaced his anti-Muslim diatribe with a qualifier in an article published by the Telegraph. Johnson said he was glad it was the last time the public would have to hear the perpetrators “pervert the religion of Islam.”
The Mayor then launched into a bizarre “kitchen sink” rant about a wide range of issues, including the “Paedophile Information Exchange”, female genital mutilation, “radical Islamic extremism,” and the alleged perils of political correctness.
The Daily Mail quoted him as saying:
The children of Islamist radicals should be taken into care…
Mr Johnson said young people were increasingly being ‘radicalised at their home’ and taught the sort of ‘crazy stuff’ similar to the views espoused by the killers of Lee Rigby.
He said lack of clarity about the law meant the authorities were reluctant to intervene.
The Mayor wrote in the Daily Telegraph: ‘A child may be taken into care if he or she is being exposed to pornography, or is being abused – but not if the child is being habituated to this utterly bleak and nihilistic view of the world that could lead them to become murderers.
‘It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care.’
Whatever the merits of the Mayor’s arguments, his comments seem highly misplaced with regard to the murder of Lee Rigby. Michael Adebowale and Michael Abedbolago are both converts to Islam, and therefore we reasonably conclude were not raised by Muslims–never mind “Islamist radicals.”