It’s things like this video that may explain the existence of Islamaphobics like the Netherlands’ MP Geert Wilder. The words of the British Imam, Anjem Choudary during a recent interview on BBC’s Hard Talk certainly lends a certain creditability to Wilder’s views of Islam.
Listening to Mr. Choudary’s statements defending the terrorist bombing of the London Public Transport System on July 7, 2005, which killed 52 people and injured 700 others, is enough to incite rage and fear in most people.
Please understand that Anjem Choudary isn’t some wild eyed howling madman from a 3rd-world nation, or some desperate Palestinian guerrilla from Gaza or the West Bank. Both of those could be dismissed as radicals and apologists could rightfully blame cultural upbringing and desperate circumstances for their extremism. But Anjem Choudary is a British born, Western educated man who was a practicing attorney until he left his practice to further commit himself to the Islamist cause.
At the end of the day, when we say “innocent people” we mean “Muslims”. As far as non-Muslims are concerned, they have not accepted Islam. As far as we are concerned, that is a crime against God.
As a Muslim, I must support my Muslim brothers and sisters, I must have hatred to everything that is not Muslim.
— Anjem Choudary
When an educated articulate Muslim can say such things in a well-cultured and calm voice, it paints all of Islam as extremists. Since there is no excuse for his behavior other than Islam, it becomes all too easy to decide that Islam is the problem.