The fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe have spent the last several days furiously denying claims by – among others – the Labour minister Jim Fitzpatrick that they bring electoral influence to bear, or organise against politicians. Unfortunately, a man named Abdullah Hasan doesn’t seem to have got the PR memo.
“How should Muslims respond [to the allegations]?” he says. “Simply by getting rid of Fitzpatrick… If Muslims in the constituency organise against him, they can either sweep him out of power or erode his majority… Muslims should… show malcontents such as Fitzpatrick the door.”
That was from Mr Hasan’s personal blog last week, but you’ll have come across him here before – a few days ago, we told you about his post on the official IFE site with its confident prediction that “the disbelievers shall perish.” He’s a regular IFE blogger and is named as an IFE member on the Islamic Awakening website.
One of the reasons I’m sure the IFE will be defeated and exposed for what it is is that, for an organisation which swears its recruits to secrecy, it’s sometimes rather slack about message control.