Criticism does not exclude Muslims from the political process

In an open letter titled “Criticism does not exclude Muslims from the political process,” a group of prominent British political and cultural leaders and academics write that it is “quite wrong to equate legitimate concerns about the leadership of the East London Mosque and the Islamic Forum of Europe with anti-Muslim bigotry” because “the East London Mosque has frequently allowed intemperate clerics to speak on its premises, some of whom have promoted values antithetical to those required in a tolerant and progressive society, they intimidate and bully other Muslims into accepting their contested theology as undisputed truth, their allies and associates across south Asia have encouraged discrimination against minorities, opposed the reform of family laws and supported laws on blasphemy.”