I noticed this story in passing a week ago, but I haven't really thought about it until now.
According to the deranged world view promoted by New Labour, Islamic terrorists who kill because they see it as serving their faith are to be described as 'anti Islamic', because they are not acting in accordance with their faith.
A few problems:
1. If one man claims to be a Muslim and supports terrorism and another man claims to be a Muslim and does not support terrorism, which one is the true Muslim? One thing I am sure of: it is not the place of politicians to decide.
2. "Youngsters will be taught about all faiths in schools" is an impossibility. Do you include Zoroastrianism, Yazidi, Aztec human sacrifice? Where does it end, and where do we find the time? Kids are already taught a range of faiths in schools. I really cannot see what difference there will be. Part of the problem is that schools try to be 'all things to all people' as it is.
3. Here are some quotes from the Qur'an:
Surah 48:29 - "Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers..."
Surah 47:4 - "...when ye meet the unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks... bind a bond firmly on them..."
Surah 4 - This section commands that prostitutes should be boarded up in their homes and left to starve to death and states that Allah has made men superior to women and states that men should receive twice the inheritance of women and that disobedient wives should be scourged.
Muslims believe that the Qur'an is the LITERAL word of God, remember. It is IMPOSSIBLE for any of the above not to be God's will. When the terrorist accuses the moderate Muslim of apostasy, they can have a strong theological basis for it.
4. Here are some quotes from the Hadith of Bukhari, considered the most reliable Hadith source:
Bukhari 9.57 - "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him"
Bukhari 1.24 - "I have been ordered by Allah to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah"
Bukhari 1.234 - "He [Muhammad] ordered to cut their hands and feet... their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron"
Bukhari 3.427 - "Allah's Apostle said, 'May Allah curse the Jews'"
Bukhari 3.435 - "Allah's Apostle was asked about an unmarried slave-girl who committed illegal sexual intercourse. They heard him saying, "Flog her, and if she commits illegal sexual intercourse after that, flog her again, and on the third (or the fourth) offense, sell her"
5. If you believe that Muhammad was visited by the angel Jibril and given the Qur'an directly from God, then you are a Muslim. You cannot logically reject any of the Qur'an. If you do not believe the above, then you cannot be a Muslim. Full stop.