Outrage over Taxpayer Funding to Extremists

A recent report compiled by the highly respected anti- extremist think tank The Henry Jackson Society has uncovered shocking evidence of the Government subsidising and supporting Islamic charities “whose only goal is to damage our society” the study concluded. The report is called Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector.

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The report says that figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood (the global network banned in many major middle east countries such as Egypt) are active in the charity sector. The Muslim Brotherhood has been associated with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the UK’s largest Islamic umbrella group and also a registered charity.

Emma Webb a research fellow who helped compile the report said: “At a time of controversy over the size and capabilities of Britain’s Armed Forces and the pressure faced by public services, it is outrageous that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is unwittingly being handed over to extremists whose only goal is to damage our society. The £6 million figure is a minimum, with the evidence suggesting that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

This report illustrates how these charities operate like a cartel, with extremist speakers involved in multiple organisations, presenting themselves as the voice of ‘true’ Islam and squeezing out moderate voices. The charities give them a platform, disseminating their literature and giving them credibility and access.

Charitable status is not a right, it is a privilege. The public correctly expect that charities should work for society, not against it. Action is needed now if we are to stop this network of Islamist extremists from continuing to use charities and taxpayers’ money to fund the spread of divisive, illiberal and intolerant views within our own communities.”

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