London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that Islamist radicalisation of children should be treated as child abuse, and that the kids of Islamist radicals should be ‘taken into care’.
Writing in the Telegraph yesterday, Johnson said:
“What has been less widely understood is that some young people are now being radicalised at home, by their parents or by their step-parents. It is estimated that there could be hundreds of children – especially those who come within the orbit of the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun – who are being taught crazy stuff: the kind of mad yearning for murder and death that we heard from Lee Rigby’s killers.
“At present, there is a reluctance by the social services to intervene, even when they and the police have clear evidence of what is going on, because it is not clear that the “safeguarding law” would support such action. A child may be taken into care if he or she is being exposed to pornography, or is being abused – but not if the child is being habituated to this utterly bleak and nihilistic view of the world that could lead them to become murderers. I have been told of at least one case where the younger siblings of a convicted terrorist are well on the road to radicalisation – and it is simply not clear that the law would support intervention.
“This is absurd. The law should obviously treat radicalisation as a form of child abuse. It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public.”
The London Mayor also made mention of embattled Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, who is still yet to apologise for her role in the continued affiliation of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) with the National Council on Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s. He wrote:
“There is built in to the British system a reluctance to be judgmental about someone else’s culture, even if that reluctance places children at risk. Look at the case of Harriet Harman. You may ask yourself how on earth this relatively astute politician could have allowed her organisation to be affiliated to a body that brazenly called itself the “Paedophile Information Exchange”. The answer – which Harman would do well to admit – is that back in the Seventies she got into a complete intellectual fog.”
Last week, an Islamist hate preacher, Haitham al-Haddad, was set to host a ‘family day’ for Muslim parents and children in Legoland in Windsor. The event was cancelled due to threats from hard-right individuals such as those affiliated with the English Defence League (EDL).