Legoland Cancels Radical Islamist 'Family Fun Day'
Legoland has cancelled a controversial "Muslim Family Fun Day" after being inundated with threatening messages. The park had been hired out by radical cleric Haitham Al Haddad, who is claimed to be among the 'top 25' hate preachers in Britain, for a day of 'halal entertainment' for Muslim families.
But, after hard-line right wing groups sent a series of abusive messages via email, phone calls, Facebook and Twitter, bosses at Legoland decided to cancel the event.
The decision was finally made after police said they could not guarantee the safety of staff and guests at the event.
Haitham Al Haddad, who heads the Muslim Research and Development Fund, has endorsed gender segregation, stated his support for female genital mutilation, and claimed that Jewish people are descended from "apes and pigs". He has also affirmed his support for the death penalty for people who leave Islam.
He is likely to be one for the first clerics subject to a Terror and Extremist Behaviour Order (TEBO), a proposed civil order that will effectively silence extremist preachers.
The proposed Legoland event drew the attention of members of the English Defence League and associated organisations. They sent a torrent of abusive messages to staff, and threatened to protest the event, with some clearly keen on violence.
Speaking to the MailOnline website, a staff member said: "The Legoland Windsor Resort prides itself on welcoming everyone to our wonderful attraction; however due to unfortunate circumstances the private event scheduled for Sunday March 9 will no longer take place.
"This was an incredibly difficult decision made after discussions with the organisers and Thames Valley Police, following the receipt of a number of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts to the resort over the last couple of weeks.
"These alone have led us to conclude that we can no longer guarantee the happy fun family event which was envisaged, or the safety of our guests and employees on that day – which is always our number one priority."