In the name of giving yet more fodder to hypothetical unsympathetic readers who might think concern among W4 authors about Muslim activities is exaggerated (and also, in passing, getting out some information that seems to me rather important), I present this story.
In the UK, in Birmingham, a Muslim police officer tells two Christian preachers passing out Christian literature and trying to speak to Muslim young people that a) they cannot preach where they are, because it is a "Muslim area," b) he is going to take them to the police station for their activities (presumably, if they don't go away), c) trying to convert Muslims to Christianity is a hate crime, and d) if they return to the area and get beaten up, they "have been warned." He summons two other policemen, presumably non-Muslims, one of whom backs him up at least to the extent of ordering the two Christians to leave the area and not return. The Christians complain, and the only action taken is that the department defends the Muslim as "acting with the best of intentions." They say that they have offered him "guidance" on what constitutes a hate crime and on "communication style." What that guidance is, we aren't told, nor whether it contains the unequivocal statement that preaching the Gospel is perfectly legal in Britain and that there are no special "Muslim areas" where sharia law obtains and preaching Christianity is illegal.
I have been rather surprised not to have seen this story headlined in other blogs such as Jihad Watch or LGF. So I want to give a very special hat tip to The Religion of Peace site. TROP has always been a good clearinghouse of articles from newspapers around the world, and now that LGF seems to be doing less in the way of covering Muslim issues than it used to, TROP's role has become that much more important.
The story seems to me particularly important both for the legal issues it raises and for the facts on the ground it points to in England. Had the story been discussed on LGF and on other sites with a large and busily-investigative readership, I would have hoped to get more definite confirmation that, in fact, there is no such law on the books in England as this policeman alleged. But I would be willing to guess that there isn't. We all know how "hate crimes" laws in England and Europe are kept deliberately vague and how they morph and grow to prohibit ever larger classes of activities.
In one sense, it's a good thing if it is not formally illegal to preach Christianity in England in designated "Muslim areas." Who could possibly want such a law to exist with the explicit approval of Western lawmakers? On the other hand, it is frightening to realize (what could have been predicted) that the idiotic practice of deliberately recruiting Muslims to the police force to act as "community liasons" has had the effect of putting in positions of authority Muslim bullies who are eager to make up such "rules" as they go along and impose them upon ordinary folk. Worse is the fact that their non-Muslim colleagues, sheeplike, back them up rather than calling their crazy diktats into question. So preaching the Gospel in Muslim areas simply will become, de facto, illegal in England, as part of the de facto spread of sharia in that land. And if preachers get beaten up, I don't expect the Muslim-infiltrated police force to do much to help. After all, from their perspective, those stupid, wicked, hateful infidels have been warned!
Nor is this the only way in which the deliberate packing of British authority structures with Muslims has caused harm to the innocent, as this article shows.
And for the "it can't happen here" department, consider this: The city of Miami police department is about to institute a Muslim liason program.