This weekend in Luton a group of Aaifa Siddiqui's supporters will be holding an event in her honour: "Tried Before Trial." The group has even put together a splashy 'trailer' for the event.
Yes, poor Aaifa Siddiqui. If you live under a rock and do not know what she did, where she was tried, or why it was important click here to read Jawa's coverage.
Who will be at this blessed and segregated according to gender event?
There are two speakers advertised; the first is Usman Ali, a man known for putting together various political events (shall we call him a community organizer?) of a certain nature who was arrested and released without charge under terrorism laws a few years ago. He has ties to Caged Prisoners and is an admitted former member of Al Muhajiroun (he left them).
The second man on the roster is Ustadh Uthman Lateef (also known as Abu Mujahid), who keeps some interesting company. In 2009 Lateef shared a platform with Anwar al Awlaki, teaching an Islamic course in London (Awlaki appeared via video, but according to the link he was responsible for preparing course exams and material). Lateef is also a member of the Hittin Institute, which has called for the annihilation of Israel and has a strong fan base on chat forums such as Islamic Awakening.
[If 'Hittin Institute" sounds familiar, it may because one of its former members Hamza Andreas Tzortzis recently gave a lecture to the Islamic Society at University College London (the same one the undiebomber belonged to) and who has some very interesting postings on his blog about the awesomeness of sharia law, and jihad.]
If you heart terror, clear your calendar this Saturday and head on up to Luton. The good news: admission is free. The bad news: my niqab is at the dry cleaners.
And so Britain continues its downward spiral.