Imtiaz Ameen was Conservative candidate for Blackburn at the 2005 general election and is a former councillor in Dewsbury, where he will be standing for the council again in May. Writing as a British Muslim, he explains why Islam4uk's proposed march through Wootton Bassett should be banned. Click here to read his blog.
The decision by the extremist group Islam4uk to plan a march through the streets of Wootton Bassett is an act of deliberate provocation not designed, as alleged, to honour "innocent Muslims" killed in the conflict in Afghanistan - but simply to antagonise people who have had the decency to regularly honour returning soldiers killed in battle.
The proposed march is distasteful propaganda which all right-minded people, regardless of the religious affiliation, will abhor. And on this occasion, the Home Secretary must exercise some of the numerous powers at his disposal and prevent it from taking place.
Islam4uk is a marginalised and potentially dangerous group of Muslims led by the notorious Anjem Choudary which, among many things, attacks the “polytheistic anathema that is democracy” and declares Muslims who actively participate in the democratic process as out of the fold of Islam. Its members, however, are more than happy to live within such a system and enjoy its benefits including the right to protest.