Ken Livingstone: I Will Make London a Beacon of Islam

Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph (London), March 19, 2012

Ken Livingstone has promised to turn London into a “beacon” for the words of the Prophet Mohammed in a sermon at one of the capital’s most controversial mosques.

Mr Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, pledged to “educate the mass of Londoners” in Islam, saying:  “That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet.” Mr Livingstone described Mohammed’s words in his last sermon as “an agenda for all humanity.”

He praised the Prophet’s last sermon, telling his audience: “I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim in London knows and understands [its] words and message.” He also promised to “make your life a bit easier financially.”

Mr Livingstone was speaking at last Friday’s Jummah prayer at the North London Central Mosque, also known as Finsbury Park Mosque, formerly controlled by the terrorist recruiter Abu Hamza.

Hamza was removed in 2003 but the mosque is now controlled by an Islamist organisation, the Muslim Association of Britain, which has been linked to the banned terror group, Hamas. A man who has acted as spokesman for the current leadership, Azzam Tamimi, is on record assupporting suicide bombings. One of the mosque’s current directors, Mohammed Sawalha, is described by the BBC as a former senior figure in Hamas who “is said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy” from his post in London.

In 2009 Mr Sawalha also signed the Istanbul Declaration which calls for attacks against the allies of Israel, which include the UK. The British Government interpreted it as calling for attacks on British troops.

In 2010, the Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, a Muslim moderate, resignedfrom the mosque’s board of trustees and reported it to the Charity Commission, accusing the mosque of forging his signature on key legal documents.

Mr Livingstone has been dogged by allegations of links to Islamic fundamentalism. In 2010, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, hecampaigned against his own party’s candidate to back a controversial independent politician, Lutfur Rahman, sacked by Labour for his links to a Muslim extremist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE).

During his mayoralty, Mr Livingstone’s London Development Agency channelled hundreds of thousands of pounds to the East London Mosque in Tower Hamlets, controlled by the IFE, even though senior LDA managers strongly opposed the grant. In return, IFE activists campaigned strongly for him at the 2008 mayoral elections, boasting that they “got out the vote“ for Mr Livingstone and achieving dramatic swingsto him in their east London heartland.

Mr Livingstone also gave thousands of pounds of public money to the Muslim Welfare House, a charity closely associated with the Finsbury Park Mosque, which signed an open letter backing his re-election campaign in 2008.

In his last sermon, delivered in the valley of Mount Arafat, near Mecca in 632 AD, the Prophet Mohammed attacked discrimination, saying that “a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white, except by piety and good action.” However, he also said that men had a right to ensure their wives “do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve.”

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  • loyalwhitebriton

    “Red” Ken Livingstone is a disgrace. I would add that he is also a joke, but what he is doing aint funny in the least.
    Red Ken has never addressed any group of Christians and promised to educate Londoners on the teachings of Christ. Indeed, even the thought of doing so would be abhorrent to such a committed cultural marxist.
    Red Ken is also a liberal when it comes to homosexuality. Does he really think his muslim buddies will tolerate him, or his views, when they become the majority?. Why can’t leftist’s ever think of the future in this way?. I guess it’s because their inherent maliciousness clouds their reasoning.
    Anyway, I hate Red Ken, and everything he stands for. Everything.

    • Like most liberals, I think he expects to be dead before he sees his policies harming him personally.

    • IstvanIN

      He isn’t a liberal. A Bolshevik perhaps? The goal of people like him isn’t equal rights for women or gays, it is destroying Western Civilization. Unfortunately for him most women are no not wild eyed feminists. Most gays are not of the San Francisco type. Most women and gays don’t want western civilization brought to ruin. But now Muslims in the UK, like blacks and Mexicans in the US, are perfect for destroying the old order, which is what he wants. And since “conservative” politicians will continue to give him the ammunition he needs (more Muslims) he finally has the super weapon to win with.

      • saxonsun

        Thanks for the very truthful post.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      He’s a useful idiot and will suffer the fate of all useful idiots before him — a bullet to the back of the head — or in this case, he will be beheaded.

      Bon

  • bubo

    Who is this madman?  He should be tried for treason and executed.  

    • ncpride

      My thoughts excatly. How dare this traitor to England stand there and make such bold statements. What’s the matter with those MORONS that would even consider voting for this insane fool??! Wake UP England! For your children if nobody else.

  • It already is a beacon. Why do you think black muslims go past so many nations where they would have to work to eat in order to get there. Being on the dole/welfare is better than being in the top 1% of natives in any 3rdworldnation.

  • This guy is pandering for Muslim votes. He is also agreeing with the Muslims to deny the right of association to Muslim women.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    At least he is honest. He’s telling everyone what he’s going to do. Most of the time hacks like him do stuff behind everyone’s back. Then by the the time people realize  what has happened, the damage has been done.

  • KenelmDigby

    Ken Livingstone is a veteran hard-core leftie nutjob – although he doesn’t let that stand in the way of his very high income.
    Livingstone was well known for campaigning for ‘women’s rights and gay rights’, ironically enough.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How  soon before the following happens in Britain?? — no thanks to the likes of idiots like Livingston.  He is a disgrace to the British people:

    As an insult to WWII servicemen, the graves of British troops, were smashed and desecrated by Libyan Wahhabi AlCIAeda NATO RATS,  Bernard Henry Levy’s new allies in Libya.  A furious Wahhabi mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery.  Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert between 1942 to 1943, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery.

    I give it a generation maybe two, no more.

    Bon

  • Will? Already has. London is “majority minority” and a pit to boot and its no coincidence. 

  • loyalwhitebriton

    I removed this comment and edited the one above.

  • Bantu Education

    He’s was Mayor before – been elected I think twice – not so surprising when you consider London is now 50% ethnic..!