Public libraries are stocking hundreds of Islamic books by advocates of "holy war", with many glorifying acts of terrorism, a new report claims....
Council taxpayers' money has been spent on the books, with one library stocking works by the convicted preachers Abu Hamza and Abdullah al-Faisal.
An investigation by a leading think-tank found extremist literature at six libraries, three in the London area, two in the Midlands and one in the North.
It raises fears that public libraries could inadvertently fuel the radicalisation of young Muslims.
The recent case of Dhiren Barot, who was jailed for 30 years for plotting a series of atrocities, showed that terrorists have used university libraries for research.
Patrick Mercer, the Conservative MP for Newark and the Government's new adviser on security issues, said: "I don't oppose free speech but the amount of this material is frightening.
"Many of these books stocked in the Islam section of libraries glorify acts of terrorism against followers of other religions, incite violence against anyone who rejects jihadist ideologies and endorse violence and discrimination against women," the report says....
"In a number of cases these books are not only on library shelves but are also given special prominence in displays.
Birmingham and Ealing councils said they were happy to stock any material that was legal while Steve Rigby of Blackburn council said: "Librarians do not act as censors where titles are freely available."I will never understand why so many well-meaning, but very gullible, people in the West still fail to comprehend what is happening right under their noses. Both in Europe and in North America, young people are being brainwashed to hate the very society in which they have lived their entire lives. Why would anyone want to make it easier for those whose only purpose in life is to destroy us? Does anyone really need to read Women Who Deserve to Go to Hell at a time when young Muslim women are being killed in the U.K. because they have "shamed" their families by falling in love with a non-Muslim, or even with a Muslim who practices a different variation of Islam than the one approved by the woman's father and brothers? If so, let them find and pay for the book themselves. Why make it so easy?
Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain and a Government adviser, said: "These are authors who are widely read in the Muslim world and it is not surprising that they are stocked in areas where there happens to be the highest concentration of Muslims," he said.
"It does not necessarily mean you agree with them, it is part of a free society."
The line between censorship/book banning and public safety is a very fine one. But I believe that times have changed enough that we need to risk erring on the side of safety rather than on the side of a principle that may very well be failing us now. Yes, sometimes book banning is the only thing that makes sense.