Woolwich killing: universities crack down on the preachers of hate

Universities asked to draw up guidelines on handling preachers with track record of inciting hatred in aftermath of attack. A fresh drive to prevent radicalisation of impressionable students on campus is being launched in which universities will be asked to draw up guidelines on how to handle preachers who have a track record of inciting hatred.

One of the suspects in Wednesday’s murder of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo, converted to Islam in 2003 and attended events of the now banned al-Muhajiroun group. But it is not clear that there was any university link. Conservative Muslims have urged the government to go further and publish its own official list of speakers that it believes universities should not allow. Mohammed Amin, vice-chair of the Conservative Muslim forum yesterday urged the faiths minister, Lady Warsi, to consider publishing a list of the proscribed preachers.

Muslims have duty ‘as a community’ to beat extremism

The Muslim community in Britain should abandon its retreat into a victim culture, a leading Conservative Muslim peer said yesterday. Baroness Warsi, the Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, attacked hardliners and hotheads who claimed that it was un-Islamic to vote or for women to have access to schools and jobs. She said that Muslims had a particular responsibility to defeat extremism in Britain as the extremists claimed to be acting in the name of Islam. British Muslims should not allow misunderstandings about their religious duties and obligations to cut them off from wider society. Philip Webster reports.