That Sadiq Khan doesn’t take his past appearances with Islamists more seriously indicates either that he seriously underestimates the dangers of Islamism or, worse, that he is open to it.
Londoners made history by electing their first Muslim mayor, Labour Member of Parliament Sadiq Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants. This is an important moment for a country that is home to approximately 2.7 million Muslims, mostly of Pakistani descent. Khan’s own professed moderate Muslim faith holds the promise that he will be a stalwart against radicalism at a time when homegrown Islamist terrorism is a mounting problem in Europe.
Here is the low down:
- Despite being a ‘moderate’ Muslim, Khan has a long history of appearing alongside radical Islamist clerics and thinkers. And he can’t really explain why.
- He has a long history of hanging with Islamists!
- Just days before the election a video emerged showing Khan calling moderate Muslims ‘Uncle Toms.’
- Participating in events that themselves have radical themes, with Islamists who promote violence, smacks of endorsement.
- Rather than engage the problem and pervasiveness of Islamic extremism, they accuse anyone who expresses concerns about it of being an Islamaphobe.
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by M. G. Oprea is a writer based in Austin, Texas. She holds a PhD in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. You can follow her on Twitter here.