UK: Devout Muslims to be purged from charity boards under new law

The Government is to purge “extremist” trustees from every charity in England and Wales in a crackdown that could affect thousands of people.

A leaked draft of the Home Office’s new counter-extremism strategy, seen by the Telegraph, says new legal powers for the Charity Commission to sack trustees will be used far more widely than expected.

In a paper in May on how it would use the powers, now being created in a bill before Parliament, the commission made no mention of extremism being grounds for disqualification.

However, the leaked counter-extremism strategy, due to be published this autumn, states that “once the legislation is enacted, the Charity Commission will take action against all trustees who meet the definition of extremism set out in this document.”

The strategy document defines extremism as “the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”

Among those likely to be affected are several mosques, most of which operate as charities, including the hardline East London Mosque. Some of its trustees have publicly supported sharia law and punishments for “crimes” such as adultery.

  • pdxnag

    No Islam-based or affiliated organization should be recognized as valid legal or authorized. Just one feature of Islam should be quite enough to disqualify all of them. All schools of Islam embrace the notion that apostates from Islam must be killed. So, pass a rule the forbids the recognition of any group or organization that embraces a rule that calls for the death of anyone who leaves the group or organization, regardless of label and regardless of whether its application is postponed until they seize government control.

  • ntt1

    too little, too late. there will be protests and the brits will crumple as always

    • David Murrell

      You are probably right, but the British law could be broadened to include crazed imams other charity staff, as well as trustees. As stripping a mosque of charity status us a VERY good way of fighting Islamism: hit them in the pocketbook.