This email was received by me today. It is so relevant to the Norwich situation that I considered it relevant for inclusion in this blog. After you've read it, you can make up your mind what the issues really are.
Re: update notes from Heartcry Ministries in relation to Mayoral Candidate Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone - "I will make London a beacon of Islam"
London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has vowed to make the capital city a ‘beacon of Islam’.
In a speech last Friday at the North London Central Mosque, also known as the Finsbury Park Mosque, the Labour candidate said that he was determined to “educate the mass of Londoners” about Islam.
“I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-muslim in London knows and understands [its] words and message. That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet”, he said.
Running for mayor for the fourth time, Mr Livingstone spoke to assembled muslims at the controversial mosque and described Mohammed’s words in his last sermon as “an agenda for all humanity.”
The ex-mayor also promised that he would be making life “a bit easier financially” for the muslim population.
North London Central Mosque
North London Central Mosque was once controlled by Abu Hamza, a notorious recruiter for terrorism. He was removed in 2003, although the mosque is still dogged by allegations of links to extremist groups.
The mosque is now controlled by the Muslim Association of Britain, which has previously been linked to the banned terror group Hamas. Azzam Tamimi, who has acted as spokesman for the current leadership, is on record for expressing support for suicide bombings.
One of the current directors of the mosque, Mohammed Sawalha, has supported attacks on Israel’s allies, which includes UK troops. The BBC has described him as a former senior figure of Hamas who is “said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy”.
Ken Livingstone and Islam
Mr Livingstone has often been linked to fundamentalist Islam.
In 2010, he campaigned against his own party’s candidate in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and backed an independent candidate, Lutfur Rahman, who had been previously fired by the Labour party for links to the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), an extremist group.
The IFE believes in sharia law, jihad and creating an "Islamic social and political order" in Britain.
In the course of his mayoralty, Mr Livingstone gave hundreds of thousands of pounds to the East London Mosque, which is controlled by the IFE. IFE activists championed him in the 2008 mayoral election. Azad Ali, the IFE's community affairs co-ordinator, helped run “Muslims 4 Ken”, which encouraged large numbers of muslims to vote for Mr Livingstone.
It is alleged by the Daily Telegraph that, on his IFE blog, Mr Ali praised a key mentor of Osama bin Laden, described al-Qaeda as a "myth," and justified the killing of British troops in Iraq.
If this is not a challenge to the Christian church, I do not know what is. If such a move by a senior politician is not an attempt to destroy, not just our legal system and democracy, but the Christian church in its entirety, I don't know what is.
Mr Livingstone is promoting a false religion that is not only totally opposed to biblical Christianity but it out to destroy it. As a false religion, it stands condemned by the truth of God's Word. It reduces our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to the level of a man, a prophet, thus denuding Him of His Godhead. It is a substitute religion that is on the march and, as its name, Islam, implies, is bent on bringing all non-Muslims into submission to Mohammad. This is a religion that denies the fundamental freedoms that our forefathers won for us at incalculable cost. The enforcement of Sharia Law will completely remove any freedom to worship and serve the Lord Christ. Archbishop Rowan Williams recently said that he would have no problem with Sharia Law being implemented in some parts of the UK. So a senior churchman, who is supposed to promote the Christian faith is in fact promoting its publicly recognised destroyer.
Has anyone heard of any senior evangelicals or reformed men speaking out against this ploy by Livingstone? Or have evangelicals again been left without spiritual leadership in face of a religion that is determined to annihilate it? Are challenges to the biblical Gospel being ignored by today's spineless evangelical and reformed leaders? It appears so.
No, the Gospel is not treasured in the way it ought to be in today's anaemic church. Is Islam a true religious faith that has been given by the Lord God Almighty for the salvation of the world? If it is, why don't liberal church men and members leave their churches and cling to Islam? If it is not, why the deafening silence of church leaders? Is the Gospel way of salvation the ONLY way of salvation, or are there others, and is Islam one of them? Paul doesn't think so (Gal.1:1-10). Does Islam make its adherents better people, or worse? Does Islam promote peace and brotherliness? Is Islam tolerant towards Christians in countries where Islam is in a sizable majority? Does Islam still murder Christians, or does it love them?
I think we have to face up to these questions now and before it is too late. Our weak and principle-less government is facilitating the onward march of Islam, despite its loud protestations to want to preserve all that's good in the British way of life. This CANNOT be done while at the same time allowing Islam free reign in our country.
One day we will pay a heavy price for what successive governments have knowingly done to our people. Our Christian heritage is being undermined by dangerously silly legislation and by the tolerance of a foreign religious system that is set about destroying that same Christian heritage.
Do you agree?