| ||The Rt. Revd. Dr Peter Mullen, Rector of St Michael's, Cornhill, and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate church in the City of London, contributes a short comment piece in the Mail Online today in reaction to the speech yesterday by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC).|
In his first public speech Jalil told a crowd in Tripoli that the NTC:
"Seek[s] a state of law, prosperity and one where sharia is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions."
Responding to Jalil’s remarks, Dr Mullen writes:
“The interim governing council in Libya has promised government according to “moderate Islamic values based on Sharia law.”
“That in itself is a rather paradoxical phrase, equivalent, one might thing, to a promise of extreme moderation – for there is nothing moderate about Sharia.
“I am astonished (though I suppose I shouldn’t be) at the blue sky optimism about the Arab Spring among politicians and pundits in the West.
“All over north Africa there are already signs that the revolutions are being exploited and taken over by the hard men of Islamic extremism.
“The shadow of the Muslim Brotherhood haunts the whole region. I think we are going to see – and very soon – a resurgence of militant Islam all over north Africa and the Middle East; with what trepidation this augurs for a major war on Israel.
“Since the fall of Mubarak – so applauded by the wishful thinkers in the western media – we have seen incursions into Israel by Palestinian terrorists who were formerly prevented by Egyptian border police.”
Of course no mention at all of the Israeli imposed blockade of Gaza which has contributed to growing tensions between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and Turkey, or of the recent announcements by Israel to continue building settlements on illegally occupied Palestinian territory.
It comes as little surprise that Mullen should write so dismissively of Muslims. We covered his offensive column in the Northern Echo last January here. And we wrote to the Bishop of London, the Rt. Revd. Richard Chartres, in October 2008 about a highly pejorative blog in which Mullen said:
"[Muslims] certainly lend themselves to ridicule: sticking their arses in the air five times a day. How about a few little choruses, 'Randy Muslims when they die/Find 70 virgins in the sky'?"
Mullen might be shocked to learn the results of Pew surveys done on Arab attitudes towards democracy. The Center’s reports show that “Since the first Pew Global Attitudes Survey in 2002, we have consistently found broad support for democracy among predominantly Muslim publics."
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