The usual suspects – Harry's Place, Peter Tatchell – have been trying to whip up a scare over the fact that Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, will be speaking at the East London Mosque this evening. "I don't understand why the Home Secretary is allowing al-Sudais into Britain, given that similar hate preachers have been banned", Tatchell has declared.
"Muslims should exemplify the true image of Islam in their interaction with other communities and dispel any misconceptions portrayed in some parts of the media.... Muslims should remember that throughout this long history Islam has carried the message of building communities, not isolating themselves.... The history of Islam is the best testament to how different communities can live together in peace and harmony."
Frightening, huh? Clearly Tatchell is right. This preacher of hate should be banned.
Update: And here's the Evening Standard and the East London Advertiser – both of which take their cue from Tatchell – making their usual helpful contributions to building harmonious relations between London's diverse communities.
Further update: Tatchell has also inspired the coverage over at Jihad Watch. He must be so proud of himself.