More unrest pervades the Muslim community in the United Kingdom, as followers of Islam in England attempt to ban Rev. Franklin Graham from entering the country to speak at an event, all while a trial moves forward to convict 100 British Muslim gang members for raping a girl from the time she was 13.
Both of these controversial episodes push the U.K.’s Muslim refugee crisis there further into the spotlight.
"[The request to ban Franklin Graham] shows that the hatred for our Judeo-Christian values is so evident .... Here you have Muslims living in a Western country who are now dictating to the leadership who should have the freedom to come in and preach the gospel message.? Of course, they have no problem preaching their own 'gospel message' in public – and they expect the rest of the world to just stand by and allow them to do so."
"This is the same so-called 'peaceful' religion that will throw homosexuals off of buildings and hang them from city squares in Muslim countries. It is absolutely absurd, and I hope that the British government will not bow to this pressure."
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations
British Muslims condemn Graham
As the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham prepares to speak at a Christian festival this month in England, Muslims in the island nation are rallying together to urge the British government to revoke his visa, claiming that he has made “Islamophobic and homophobic statements.”
“The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has joined three MPs [British Parliament members] – including a government whip – on demanding the Home Office apply its criteria on hate speech to Graham’s visa request,” The Guardian reported.
The Muslim group is insisting that the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse not be allowed to step one foot on British soil.
“In the past, the government has banned individuals whom they claim are ‘not conducive to the public good,’” the MCB proclaimed in its statement, according to The Guardian. “Mr. Graham’s remarks are on record and clearly demonstrate a hatred for Muslims and other minorities. We would expect the government to apply its criteria here. If it does not, it will send a clear message that it is not consistent in challenging all forms of bigotry.”
Those from the group made a number of contentions against Graham, including his firm stance against Islamic terrorism, his support of United States President Donald Trump, and even his biblical opposition to homosexuality – even though Muslim militants have been notorious for murdering members of the LGBT community because of their immoral lifestyle.
“The preacher – who said Trump’s election victory was evidence that ‘God’s hand’ was at work – has called Islam ‘evil’ and ‘wicked,’ claimed Barack Obama’s ‘problem is that he was born a Muslim’ and said Satan was the architect of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights,” The Guardian’s Harriet Sherwood wrote in her report.
Tell Mama Founder Fiyaz Mughal – whose organization monitors so-called “Islamophobia” in the U.K. – said that he was amazed that Graham was given a platform to speak at the evangelical event in the northern England town of Blackpool.
“[Graham’s views are] regressive and need to be changed,” Mughal insisted, according to The Guardian.
Members of the British Parliament also joined the Muslim group in their protest, with Labor MP for Blackpool South, Gordon Marsden, promising to write the home secretary, Sajid Javid, this week – urging him to deny Graham a visa to enter the country.
“It’s perfectly possible for the government not to admit someone whose presence is not conducive to the public good,” Marsden expressed, as reported by The Guardian. “Graham’s visit to Blackpool is likely to cause considerable offence.”
The government whip and MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, as well as the Labor Party MP for Manchester Gorton, Afzal Khan, also voiced their opposition to Graham appearing as the main speaker at the Festival of Hope, which is slated to open at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Conference Center on September 21 – an event that is supported by more than 30 local churches representing numerous Christian denominations.
Graham opposition from leftist churches …
However, some more left-leaning denominations are opposed to Graham’s visit.
Liberty Church Pastor Nina Parker and other local churches – which embrace the LGBT community and welcome its members to worship in their sanctuaries – agree that Graham should not be allowed in England.
“[Graham’s presence here would be] extremely destructive [and talk of his coming is] causing division between churches and within churches,” Parker insisted, according to The Guardian.
This pro-LGBT view was echoed by the Methodist Church in the U.K.
“[We] cannot support any preaching or teaching which promotes homophobia or is likely to be damaging to interfaith dialogue,” the Blackpool Methodist Circuit stated, as reported by The Guardian. “[We decline to support the festival] in the light of various comments made by Franklin Graham in the past.”
Several churches, including the independent evangelical Crossgate Church in Preston, pulled their support for Graham’s festivals over the past few months.
“I believe Franklin Graham will come to teach the Gospel, but many people are upset by his comments, and I cannot stand by those comments,” Crossgate Pastor Ron Farrington told The Guardian.
Many churches in the U.K. go against biblical teachings on sexuality and openly embrace the homosexual lifestyle.
“Three Blackpool churches are to hold services specifically welcoming LGBT worshippers over the weekend of Franklin’s visit, and a four-meter carnival model of Jesus wearing a rainbow sash will be paraded through the town center,” Sherwood noted.
Graham unapologetic about hard stand for the Bible
Graham’s vocal opposition to Islam’s attack on Christianity has drawn much opposition from the Muslim community.
“Last year, he urged people to pray that God would give wisdom to President Trump and others in Washington to deal with the threat posed by Islam,” WND reported.
The world-renowned evangelist has specifically spoken out against Islamic jihadists terrorizing non-Muslims over the years.
“Since 9/11, I have been warning America about the dangers of the teachings of Islam,” Graham posted on Facebook. “Followers of Islam are taught very troubling passages that encourage them to murder and maim those they refer to [as] infidels – or nonbelievers.”
The Christian leader lamented that things are only getting worse, as jihad continues to spread and be waged around the world with greater frequency.
“[With the advent of the Internet and social media,] radicalization is only increasing – and the dangers are continuing to increase,” Graham stated, according to WND. “Many times – sadly – it is the young who are pulled into these teachings that encourage murder and rape in the name of the god of Islam.”
Rife Islamic terrorism in the U.K. has been specifically addressed by the pastor from North Carolina.
“He cited the terrorist attacks in London that year in which Muslim jihadists mowed down pedestrians with a van on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing spree in nearby pubs, killing at least seven and injuring 48,” WND’s Art Moore recounted.
Even though the mainstream media has often attempted to mask the threat of Islamic terrorism, Graham stressed that credit for the attacks should be given where credit is due – to Isalm.
“[The attacks were by] Muslim men who said this was for Allah,” Graham asserted, according to WND. “That is three Islamic terror attacks in London in less than three months. The threat of Islam is real. The threat of Islam is serious. The threat of Islam is dangerous. There is cause for concern – despite what some may say.”
Muslims conduct mass rape in U.K.
Meanwhile in the U.K., 100 Muslims belonging to the Muslim “grooming gang” of Rotherham are standing on a trial for allegedly raping a young teen – from the time she was age 13 – who testified on video that she was “passed around” by scores of the Muslim gang members.
The trial goes back several years.
“The men were charged as part of Operation Stovewood – an investigation into sexual abuse initiated after the Rotherham grooming scandal,” WND’s Moore explained in a report. “In August 2014, a British government report concluded that mostly British-born Pakistani men sexually abused at least 1,400 children – most of them white girls aged 11–15, in the northern English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. Many of the girls were picked up by taxi drivers from care homes and schools. The abuse included gang rape, dousing the children with gasoline and trafficking them to other towns.”
The victim told jurors that the sexual abuse occurred until she reached the age of 16.
“The girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – claims the abuse she suffered between 1998 and 2001 began when she was just 13 years old,” the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported. “Her account was given in a video interview played at the trial of eight Asian men accused of the sexual abuse of five girls over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003.”
More tragedies revealed
Besides being raped, the victim also had her child stolen from her.
“At the Sheffield trial, the victim said she became pregnant by one of the men at the age of 14 and gave birth when she was 15,” Moore informed. “The woman … testified that her sister was also abused by the man who made her pregnant – Ali Akhtar.”
She expressed how the horrific experiences that she and her sister endured at the hands of the Muslim gang members instantly stole away their youth and innocence.
“[The abuse we suffered made us feel as though our childhoods were] snatched away,” the rape victim lamented, according to WND. “We were children one minute, and adults the next.”
And they were by no means the only ones who were repeatedly assaulted and made pregnant by the Islamists.
“The court also heard testimony of a girl who was raped by multiple men – and months later was forced by her parents to have an abortion,” Moore noted.
Laundry list of Muslim sex offenders
Numerous Muslim men have been arrested and charged in the case as the sexual abuse scandal moves forward.
“Tanweer Ali and Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar both stand accused of indecently assaulting the girl between 1998 and 2001,” The Daily Mail’s Terri-ann Williams reported. “Eight men are on trial at Sheffield Crown Court – all accused of committing historic sex offences in Rotherham against five alleged victims. They face a total of 28 counts of sexual abuse of five girls over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003. Akhtar, of Rotherham, faces four counts of indecent assault, one of supplying a controlled drug, one of rape, one of procuring a girl under 21 for unlawful sexual intercourse with another – one of aiding and abetting a rape and one of sexual assault. Salah El-Hakam, 39, of Sheffield, faces one count of rape.”
The victim’s testimony was heard on Friday at the Sheffield Crown Court, where attendees were given details about how the Muslim gang members would pass her number around amongst themselves while others were “demanding” to meet her, as well.
“I can honestly say that by the age of 16, I had slept with 100 Asian men – some I didn't see again,” the victim testified, according to The Daily Mail. “The ones who come and use you for one time are the ones who are hard to remember. As soon as you get to know them, your number gets passed around. Asian lads demanding to meet you – then you meet a new group, and it went on like that. I didn't know at the time I was being passed around when I was 13, but I know now [that] I'm older.”
A number of the Muslim men face a slew of charges brought against them in the ongoing lawsuit.
“Salah Ahmed El-Hakam faces one count of rape and Amjal Rafiq faces one count of false imprisonment and one count of indecent assault,” Williams informed. “The men are on trial with six others – all accused of committing historic sex offences in Rotherham. Tanweer Ali, 37, and Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, both stand accused of indecently assaulting the girl between 1998 and 2001 when she was under the age of 16. Ali and Akhtar would have been aged between 17 and 20 during the alleged period of offending.”
Not an isolated event for adherents of Islam
It was noted by one expert on Islam that the kind of sexual assault that took place in the U.K. by the Muslim grooming gang is uniquely embraced by followers of the Middle Eastern religion – the second largest religion in world, next to Christianity.
“[While sexual assault occurs in all cultures,] only in Islam does it have divine sanction,” Jihad Watch President Robert Spencer asserted in his blog.
In fact, many of the rapists recited scriptures from Islam’s holy book to excuse their behavior.
“[Spencer] pointed out that one survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the U.K. said her rapists quoted passages from the Quran to her – insisting their actions were justified by Islam,” Moore noted.
One verse empowering many of the Muslim rapists was then quoted.
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments,” Spencer quoted from the Quran 33:59. “That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”
Spencer then clarified the Quran’s message.
“[The implication is that] if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused – and that such abuse would be justified,” Spencer explained.
9/19/2018 - Cardoza-Moore's comments added.