Charities

Type: News

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
11/04/2017
Summary: 

Britain’s Charity Commission is asking the Islamic Aid group why it invited a hardline Islamic preacher on a fundraising tour of Britain. Yasir Qadhi features in a tour of eight cities starting this month.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
04/08/2016
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
30/07/2016

Type: Opinion

Summary: 
  • In its report, the Charity Commission makes note of the iERA's promotion of hate preachers, but treats the charity as a victim of such extremism, rather than an instigator.
  • According to the Commission, bureaucracy is the solution -- the iERA's extremism will be solved by more "adequate procedures... to prevent abuse of the charity, its status, facilities or assets."
  • Those more familiar with the iERA will know that asking this Salafist charity to produce and follow its own counter-extremism plan is akin to demanding that the Ku Klux Klan introduce affirmative action hiring processes.
  • Extremist charities are not private institutions: charitable status affords extraordinary legal and financial benefits, including the opportunity for radical Islamist organisations to claim government subsidies. But no government should allow extremist networks to exploit charitable status. Shut these charities down, and ban those Islamist activists from ever again becoming trustees of a charitable organisation.
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