The Corner

More Tea, Vicar?

Abu Qatada has been called “the spiritual leader” of al-Qaeda in Europe and been tied to terrorists across the map from Spain to Chechnya. Her Majesty’s Government in London has spent a decade trying to deport him to no avail. In the course of his legal battles, British taxpayers have given him half-a-million pounds in various forms of welfare. Currently out on bail, he’s now been moved into a three-quarter-million dollar home at public expense.

All that’s par for the course in the suicide phase of advanced western society, but I did enjoy this comment from one of the firebreathing imam’s new neighbors:

However, the vicar at the church said: ‘Absolutely anyone is welcome to our church and I would encourage Mr Qatada and his family to join in our Christmas celebrations and reach out to the local community.’

Mr Qatada was a “spiritual advisor” to the so-called 20th hijacker Zac Moussaoui and the shoebomber Richard Reid, so when he “reaches out to the local community” you might want to stand well back.

On the other hand, like Jesus, he was born in Bethlehem, so there’s that.

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, After America (2011), is a top-five bestseller in ...

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