• “Muslim vigilantes enforcing Sharia in London”?

    Islamic definition of “civility”: self-censorship

    The reports of a certain group of Muslims on the streets of London harassing “accused” gays and demanding that they leave the area around a mosque have been turning heads recently. The reports surface after an online video of self-described “Muslim vigilantes” trying to enforce Islamic Sharia rules. There have been a number of arrests following this, and the police have asked for the victim of harassment to come forward.

    I would by no means put it past a good number of Muslims to try to tun Britain into Saudi Arabia. After all, we have seen Muslims marching in London demanding Islamic rules on freedom of expression be enforced not just for Muslims, but for everyone. It is a small step to get from that to demanding Islamic rules on homosexuality and use of Alcohol be applied to everyone as well. Nonetheless, these particular incidents appear questionable. Whether or not this actually happened, no one will go to jail unless the victims of harassment are willing to come forward and give evidence, and as we all know, this may not happen due to a variety of reasons.

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