Douglas ‘Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board’ Murray has in his latest blog for the Daily Telegraph website taken strong exception to the activities of the Conservative Muslim Forum. In particular, Murray is upset that the CMF gave a donation of £5000 to al-Khair – one of the organisations that was scheduled to have hosted Zakir Naik’s peace tour to the UK before he was banned by the Home office.
‘So, do the Conservative Muslim Forum approve of the decision of the Home Secretary? Or do they think the invitation to this now-banned extremist from a charity they praised and financed should have gone ahead? If there is to be agreement within the Conservative Party I think we should probably be told.
‘And isn’t this yet another reminder that groups like the Conservative Muslim Forum within political parties are not merely an embarassment, but a liability?’
Murray likes to style himself as a champion of western civilisation and never tires of asserting its superior values especially in contrast with Islam. Like most peddlars of Islamophobic drivel though, Murray goes oddly silent about importance of free speech when it comes to Muslim speakers and his inaccurately named Centre for Social Cohesion regularly criticises university campuses for hosting Muslim speakers it disapproves of.
As for Murray’s objection to ‘groups like’ the CMF we wonder whether his disapproval also extends to the far more influential and wealthy outfit, the Conservative Friends of Israel? In his Channel Four documentary, ‘Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby’, Peter Oborne detailed the very extensive influence of the CFI over the Tory party and high command. Somehow, I doubt it.