For the past two weeks, Patrick Sookhdeo has been canvassing the opinions of Muslim clerics in Britain on the row over the cartoons featuring images of Mohammed that were first published in Denmark and then reprinted in several other European countries.
“They think they have won the debate,” he says with a sigh. "They believe that the British Government has capitulated to them, because it feared the consequences if it did not.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo "The cartoons, you see, have not been published in this country, and the Government has been very critical of those countries in which they were published. To many of the Islamic clerics, that’s a clear victory. “It’s confirmation of what they believe to be a familiar pattern: if spokesmen for British Muslims threaten what they call ‘adverse consequences’ - violence to the rest of us - then the British Government will cave in. I think it is a very dangerous precedent.”
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