Hate-mongering Indian preacher granted entry into England
London, May 30: The British Home Ministry is facing flak over its decision to allow a woman-hating, rabble-rousing Indian televangelist entry into England.
Zakir Naik has time and again made incendiary remarks including preposterous suggestions that Western women are easy targets for rape because they wear revealing clothes.
In his searing diatribes, he has called Americans "pigs" and even called for the execution of every Muslim who has converted to another faith.
In a recent lecture, he said he was "with" Osama Bin Laden over the attacks on "terrorist America", adding that the 9/11 hijackings were an inside job by President George W Bush, The Times reports.
"I don't know what he's doing. I'm not in touch with him. I don't know him personally. If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the terrorist ... I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist," said Naik about the US President.
The rancorous Naik is a doctor by profession and can recite long passages from the Quran by rote, his distinguished educational background and knowledge set him apart from the usual 'mad mullah' category.
He reserves the harshest criticism for Americans.
"In America, most people consume pork. Many times after dance parties, they have swapping of wives. Many say, 'You sleep with my wife and I will sleep with your wife'. If you eat pigs then you behave like pigs," he said describing the American way of life.
The uproar over his visit follows on the heels of a similar incident involving controversial preacher, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian radical.
The Tories were then in the Opposition and had vehemently campaigned for a ban on entry into Britain for al-Qaradawi.
One well-placed insider told the paper: "Zakir Naik is a nasty man who makes al-Qaradawi look like a participant at a teddy bears' picnic. He shouldn't be allowed into the country to stir up hatred."
"Each case is considered on its own merits. When assessing a visa application, we will consider the previous conduct of the individual and we will ensure the UK does not provide a platform for the promotion of violent extremism," said the UK Border Agency.
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