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Hounslow Council gives platform to Quilliam Foundation

Hounslow Council gives platform to Quilliam Foundation

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Sunday September 06 2009

ENGAGE has learned that the London Borough of Hounslow has very naively invited the Quilliam Foundation to provide ‘Radicalisation Awareness Training’ this week as part of its Preventing Violent Extremism programme.

The event is due to be held on Wednesday 9th September at the Hounslow Civic Centre (Committee Room 3, First Floor) on Lampton Road starting at 9.00am.

ENGAGE readers will be very familiar with the mischief-making of the Quilliam co-directors Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz (both pictured).

Most recently, we revealed how the Quilliam duo had invited the very controversial polemicist Martin Bright to its fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference to be held later this month. Martin Bright happens to be the notorious author of the very ill-informed and highly offensive 2001 New Statesman cover story ‘The Great Koran Con Trick’. Bright’s arguments were openly ridiculed and debunked by the very scholars – including his own former SOAS tutor, Professor Gerald Hawting – whose work he drew upon to support his crude hatchet job on the Qur’an. It just so happens, of course, that Bright is an enthusiastic supporter of the Quilliam Foundation.

Update: You can find a template letter for you to adapt and send to Hounslow Council with thoughts on their invitation to QF here, and an email address for the Council’s Community Cohesion team at the bottom of this article.

Earlier this year, The Times revealed how the Quilliam Foundation has been receiving a huge amount of funding from the Home Office and the Foreign Office. The Times also quoted a government minister who was clearly not happy with the backing provided to the Quilliam Foundation as saying:

‘Ed and Quilliam have very little support in the mainstream Muslim community.’

‘They have much more enemies than friends. But he’s loved by some ministers, which is why his organisation is having so much money thrown at it. And the Government knows that if you want a Muslim to say pro-government things, then Quilliam is the answer.’

You can contact the Community Cohesion team at the London Borough of Hounslow and let them know what you think of their decision to provide a platform to the Quilliam charlatans and whether this will really help improve ‘community cohesion’ in the area. The Hounslow Community Cohesion team can be contacted on tel: 020 8583 2478 and email: [email protected] .

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