Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement.
Mr Smith, who is head of religious education at Central Foundation Girls' School in Bow, east London, also suffered a fractured skull.
The four now face a jail sentence. [They acted largely in conformity with Islamic teaching.
Why has Islam lasted so long? Because it allows no criticism and kills all apostates. Why are there one billion Muslims? For largely the same reasons. That is, a religion is bound to prosper and spread if it is part of that religion itself to disallow all criticism and which also demands the killing of all apostates. Not only that. Islam allows for enforced conversion.
Part of that Islamic desire to disallow all criticism is to disallow all study of alternative religions. So we must wonder how interfaith ideology accounts for this. Or, more relevantly, how do the Muslim interfaithers themselves account for this? Unless, that is, the direction is all one way at interfaith meetings. That is, interfaith, in England at the least, is all about Muslims proselytising on behalf of Islam and it is not at all about Methodists and Anglicans teaching Muslims about Christianity. I suspect that this is largely the case. After all, Islamic da’wah, or proselytising, is absolutely imperative in Islam – just as is jihad (to which it is obviously related.]
Detectives made secret recordings of the gang's plot to attack Mr Smith prior to the brutal assault.
The covert audio probe captured the gang condemning Mr Smith for 'teaching other religions to our sisters', the court heard.
The RE teacher was targeted as he made his way on foot along Burdett Road in nearby Mile End on July 12 last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse told the court: 'The evidence from what was said on the probe points overwhelmingly to a religious motive for this attack.' [Never!]
It is believed the gang had made two earlier attempts to get at the teacher. [Which were probably ignored for reasons of Community Cohesion. Christ! Potential terrorists have even been ignored on behalf of Community Cohesion!]
They were due to stand trial for the attack at Snaresbrook Crown Court but pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A fifth defendant, Badruzzuha Uddin, 23, admitted assisting the thugs by hiding blood-stained clothing.
Judge John Hand QC remanded the defendants in custody until sentence on a date yet to be confirmed.
Hussein, of Bethnal Green, east London; Rashid, of Shadwell, east London; Hussain, of Wapping, east London, and Alam, of Whitechapel, east London; have all admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. [All part of the overall jihad – or is that da’wah?]
Uddin, of Shadwell, admitted assisting an offender.