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18 Feb 2013
Speaking out against the Euro Far Right, Grooming and Consumer Confidence in Halal Meat: MCB's National Council Resolution 16 February 2013
The National Council of the Muslim Council of Britain met on 16 February 2013 at the Hyderi Islamic Centre - one of its affiliates - underscoring the MCB's commitment to intra-faith unity.
Amongst the many issues it discussed, the body agreed to adopt the following resolutions:
1. We are appalled by the visit to Britain of the leader of France's Front National, Marine Le Pen, due on 19 February. Le Pen is at the forefront in stoking hatred towards Muslims and calling for a restriction of their freedoms. Britain fortunately has a tradition of tolerance and accommodation that rightly scorns Le Pen and her ilk. However the danger is that it will embolden the extremist right wing in the UK. The Muslim community fails to understand why a Government that is ready to invoke banning or exclusion orders on Muslims on flimsy grounds of 'hate speech' has not been alert to the actual harm to community relations caused by Le Pen's visit.
2. Child grooming is an appalling crime and should be treated as such. This is a societal ill that sadly affects all communities. Nevertheless, the recent cases highlight the need for the Muslim community also to seriously tackle the issue of child protection, family cohesion and our community's social fabric. The MCB along with its affiliates is undertaking a programme of activities to deal with the issue.
3. British Muslim consumers have real concerns about the authenticity of our halal meat industry. Steps must be taken to restore trust. On this principle MCB is calling on the community to avoid processed meat products certified by organisations who have certified products found to be contaminated. We recommend the community to take appropriate action needed to ensure that suppliers and certifying bodies of Halal fulfil their duty. All Halal certification agencies in the UK – and there are many – really must come together to restore consumer confidence.
Read our latest statement on Halal
1. The National Council is elected by the affiliates of the Muslim Council of Britain and meets quarterly to decide policy.
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