The current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson addressed almost 70,000 christians at the Festival of Life late last Friday – on the other hand his opponent in the race for the mayoral election, Ken Livingstone, who I must add has been Mayor before, spoke at one of the most controversial mosques in London – Finsbury Park Mosque.
This mosque was formerly controlled by the terrorist recruiter Abu Hamza who was removed, however, it is now deemed to be under the control of the Islamist Association of Britain which has been linked to the banned terror group, Hamas.
I wasnt there but, i used to listen to LBC radio, (Ken used to host a show on the station) and i know Ken can get rather carried away and his mouth gets trigger happy shooting off all manner of things, however, on this occasion, I can only imagine some researcher must have skimmed through Muhammad’s last speech and drawn some lines out of context and includedin his speech, coupled with Ken’s verbosity, it was a speech almost insighting religious intolerance, not to mention it unwittingly endorsed the application of Sharia Law. You can read more here.
Besides promising to make the lives of muslims easier, he actually described Muhammad’s words in his sermon as an agenda for all humanity and, he pledged to ‘educate the mass of Londoners ‘ in Islam. He added, ‘that will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the prophet.’ it’s a shame he didn’t read the speech in context, as it refers to Islam as the only true faith and includes the mandatory implementation of Sharia, according to Mr Dye, the head pastor of Kensington Temple who wrote a damning letter to the Mayor.
Is it just me, or is there something wrong with this, something highly irresponsible with Ken manipulating religious words for the sake of votes… but then I wonder, is that all he’s doing, or does Ken truly have a hidden agenda. Afterall, in 2010, he abandoned his party nominee in Tower Hamlets and backed an independent candidate Lutfur Rahman who had been previously rejected by Labour on grounds of being linked to an extremist group – Islamic Forum of Europe.
Someone’s probably done the maths and come up with the solution that Muslims are have more political clout at the polls in London than Christians. All Ken has to do is win the muslim votes in some tactical parts of London and he’s home free. So, I wonder is he an evil genius or is he just irresponsible? somehow, I get the sense all this is for the sake of votes.
It’s at times like these that the words of Paul to Timothy ring true, he gave an urgent advise to the young man calling him to pray for leaders and those in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.(1Timothy 2:2-3)
If this was Nigeria or Mali where terrorist groups like Boko Haram are violently pushing for a Sharia state, such statements would not only change the course of the nation, but potentially lead to the loss of many lives.
I watch with bated breath to see who will wear the crown of the Mayoral election. All we can do is pray that a man/woman who will be useful to God will fill the post. The last thing London needs now, is religious segregation and favouritism in political spheres.
So this is a shout out to the Christians out there wailing on God for Louboutins and a few extra zeros in their pay checks, look at the big picture and pray for your leaders. And o! Get out and vote!