Muslim campaigners have accused Downing Street of condoning Islamophobia by publishing a petition which warns that building a large mosque complex will "cause terrible violence and suffering".
The petition is one of the most popular on No 10's website, with over 45,000 signatures to date. It was posted under the name of Jill Barham. Attempts by Guardian Unlimited to contact her have been unsuccessful.
The writer of a blog called "English Rose", which links to sites supporting the BNP and "opposes the Islamification of this country", claims to be the author of the e-petition.
Muslim campaigners acknowledge that the plan to build Europe's largest Islamic centre in east London is controversial, but argue that the language of the petition is inflammatory and Islamophobic.
It states: "We, the Christian population of this great country England would like the proposed plan to build a mega-mosque in east London scrapped. This will only cause terrible violence and suffering and more money should go into the NHS."
The author of "English Rose" wrote on that blog, which is no longer available: "I am just a concerned citizen who doesn't want any kind of violence whatsoever, and it is more likely to be from a Muslim than from the BNP...
"The Muslim community will grow and then they will look at it as an opportunity to dominate. That's when the violence will take place."
But Raza Kazim, spokesman for the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said that he found the language threatening, adding: "The other interpretation - that Muslims are inherently violent - is obviously racist or Islamophobic ... Either way there's a problem with the wording."
The Islamic Human Rights Commission - organisers of the always hilarious "Islamophobia Awards" - is an extremist organisation masquerading as a moderate pressure group. It is headed by Massoud Shadjareh, who in 2006, at the height of Israel's war against the Hezbollah terrorist movement, appeared at a rally in London wrapped in a Hezbollah flag, and called on his followers to give "financial, logistical and information support" to the terrorists. He then demanded the destruction of Israel.
And suggesting that Islam might be just a little bit violent is wrong, because...?
Raza Kazim continued:
"There's a feeling that No 10 are party to the atmosphere which is being created; it's being condoned, in effect, by the government."
No, you idiot. It's not being condoned by the government. The government can hardly be said to be condoning every single petition on the site. How could they condone both the anti-Mega Mosque petition, and this one, which supports the building of the monstrosity? I know politicians try to be all things to all men, but still, to suggest that the government is both strongly for and intransigently against the mosque is a bit much.
No, the real problem that people like Kazim have with the petition is not that the government are condoning it, but that the public are. At the time of writing, 46,244 people have signed the petition. By contrast, only 232 people have signed Joseph Ashworth's petition in support of the mosque. The British public just don't want the East London skyline defiled in this manner.
The row about the petition has been rumbling on for a while now, but so far objections to it have only been given voice in such sources as the anti-white racist BLINK website. However, this is the first time that the story has broken into the MSM. Let's hope it will work against the whingers, alerting more people to the threatened building of the mosque, and increasing the number of signatories to the petition still further.