"Legoland has been hired out to a radical Muslim cleric for a ‘Family Fun Day’. Maybe that’s ‘Fun’ as in ‘Fundamentalism’.
The theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, has accepted a booking from a man said to be among the top 25 hate preachers in Britain.
Haitham al-Haddad leads the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, which is based in Tower Hamlets, and is in favour of turning this country into a Sharia state.
Al-Haddad is an enthusiastic supporter of Taliban policies, believes that Jews are ‘descended from apes and pigs’, homosexuals are criminals and those who leave Islam should be killed.
Usama Hasan, of the moderate, anti- terrorism think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, said: ‘Like all extreme Islamists, he uses fascist language about non-Muslims and refuses to sit at the same table as women.’
Al-Haddad’s repugnant views are as abhorrent to mainstream Muslims as they are to the rest of us and have led to him being banned from a number of universities.
But not, apparently, Legoland. On March 9, a convoy of coaches will set off from the East London Mosque in Whitechapel for a day of ‘Halal entertainment’.
We’re not talking the Jolly Boys’ Outing to Margate here...." [Emphasis added]Reported the Daily Mail shortly afterwards:
Haitham al-Haddad spoke to students on Islamic finance at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
He has outraged moderate Muslims who are critical of him for teaching young Muslims that men and women should be segregated....
....Radio Netherlands reported that in February 2012, Dutch authorities tried to prevent Dr al-Haddad speaking at a university in Amsterdam. The university subsequently cancelled the event. He blamed a 'Zionist lobby' for the opposition to the talk....
Dr al-Haddad has defended a man's right to hit his wife in the past...." [Emphasis added](Be sure to click here for the sheikh's despicable remarks concerning Jews; a female Dutch interviewer has him cornered; see also this blogpost from Harry's Place)
Later, the Sunday Express informed its readers that:
"far right thugs from the English Defence League and the neo-Nazi linked Casuals United had been threatening a demonstration at the [Legoland] outing on March 9.
Far right protestors, Windsor residents and a local Ukip [UK Independence Party] councillor had asked Legoland to cancel the group’s private booking because it is run by by Haitham al-Haddad, who has been banned from speaking at a number of British universities due to his anti-Western views"And now the event at Legoland, expected to attract some 1000 Muslim families, has been cancelled, owing to such opposition.
The pro-Labour Daily Mirror takes up the story:
'....Yesterday a spokesman for Legoland said the decision had been made following discussions with police because they could not guarantee the safety of staff and guests.
Just fancy that!
A spokesman for Legoland said that it was "appalled" at the outcome.
Yesterday (Weds) a spokesman for Legoland said: "The Legoland Windsor Resort prides itself on welcoming everyone to our wonderful attraction; however due to unfortunate circumstances the private event scheduled for Sunday March 9 will no longer take place.
"This was an incredibly difficult decision made after discussions with the organisers and local Thames Valley Police, following the receipt of a number of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts to the resort over the last couple of weeks.
"Sadly it is our belief that deliberate misinformation fuelled by a small group with a clear agenda was designed expressly to achieve this outcome.
"We are appalled at what has occurred and at the fact that the real losers in this are the many families and children who were looking forward to an enjoyable day out at Legoland.
"We would like to apologise to them and to the organisers, and to thank them for their understanding.
"We hope that they will all be able to come to visit us during the season."....'