LONDON – A UK Independence party candidate for London Borough of Brent has stirred wide condemnations after accusing Muslims of “grooming children to sex slaves”, branding Islam a “totalitarian ideology”.
"[Heino] Vockrodt's odious comments are deeply offensive,” the Labour leader of Brent council, Muhammed Butt, told Press Association on Thursday, May 15.
The controversy erupted when The Guardian revealed an e-mail sent by Vockrodt to the London council on which he complained about an alleged planning breach by the Afghan community in Brent, north London.
He claimed that parts of the borough resembled Afghanistan's Helmand province.
"Being Muslims, they ignored both refusals and did it anyway," he wrote of what he said were unlawful changes to a cultural centre.
Political correctness was preventing the council taking action, he alleged, "for fear of being called racists, when, just like in all the other cases where Muslims are grooming children to be sex slaves under the eyes of the authorities, the council does nothing".
He claimed the neighborhood was "already exploding under the weight of segregation" and shopkeepers had been "squeezed out by Muslims".
"The entire parade – once lovely owner/occupier shops – resembles Helmand province now. Time to call in MI5 and MI6 for sure," he wrote.
"Islam is a mono-cultural, totalitarian ideology," he added.
"It is NOT a religion. It is against multi-culturalism and only promotes its own culture. It is against everything modern Britain stands for."
Facing growing criticism, Farage, the leader of UKip, has sought to dispel the racist image, accusing the media of stirring up hatred against Ukip.
"I don't care what you call us but from this moment on, please, do not ever call us a racist party. We are not a racist party," he said.
Yet, this opinion was not shared by all his party member.
A UKip party's prominent British Asian supporters has quit, accusing Farage of playing the race card to win votes.
Sanya-Jeet Thandi, a youth member who was previously put up to defend the party in television interviews, said its current direction was terrifying.
Butt, the Labour leader of Brent council, has also rejected Farage’s claims.
"Nigel Farage keeps claiming Ukip isn't a racist party, but that's a hard pill to swallow when its members have put forward an individual with such plainly bigoted views for election to public office,” he said.
"In Brent we draw strength from our diversity and the vibrancy it brings, and our community deserves better."
British Muslims, estimated at nearly 2.7 million, have been in the eye of storm since the 7/7 2005 attacks.
In Britain, far-right groups like Ukip, English Defence League (EDL) and British National Party (BNP) have been playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.
In November 2010, British police warned that the anti-Muslim demonstration by the EDL fuel extremism and harm social cohesion in Britain.
A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.
A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
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