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A boost for radical Islam

The government's decision to ban Islam4UK will only strengthen hardline Islamists—and drown out moderate Muslim voices

By Shiv Malik   January 2010

Pictured: Anjem Choudary

Here is a quote: “Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”

It’s a question worth asking now that the government has banned Islam4UK, a secondary offshoot of the radical Islamic group Al Muhajiroun, and the same organisation that wanted to march through Wootton Bassett to remember the Muslim dead. Al Muhajiroun is also due be proscribed, 14 years after its inception in Britain.

On one hand, the home secretary’s move could be viewed as good housekeeping. In the aftermath of the 7th…

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