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Robert Spencer reconsiders

Robert Spencer is right to reconsider  Tommy Robinson:

[E]vents have been unfolding rapidly. Tommy Robinson has written to us emphasizing that he has not changed his positions, and the unfolding events have borne that out. The documentary When Tommy Met Mo shows that Tommy was not fooled by the smooth deceptiveness of the dishonest Islamic supremacist Mo Ansar, and in numerous interviews Tommy has acquitted himself admirably, demonstrating that his commitment to resisting Sharia oppression and Islamic supremacism is as strong as ever.

His association with the Quilliam Foundation was and is problematic. The Quilliam Foundation's anti-Israel stance and its unjustified attacks on counter-jihadists such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders abundantly establish that it is not what it claims to be. But we understand that Tommy has been under enormous pressure. It is impossible to hold him accountable for Quilliam's disingenuousness when he has not repeated it himself. Tommy is planning to start a new organization that is as free from Quilliam as it is from the EDL, and in that, and in his ongoing efforts to defend the British freedom and the vision of human rights that Judeo-Christian civilization has given to the world, we wholeheartedly and unhesitatingly support him.

A good related piece by Ali Sina is here.

Ali Sina's piece, Taqiyah is Onion Shaped, is also posted by Hugh below.  Like Spencer, Robinson asks to be shown the moderate Islam, and challenges it. Unlike Spencer, he is getting heard on the BBC, for now at any rate, while they don't realise how clever he is. 

To mix a metaphor, you don't take a sledgehammer to peel an onion. You do it slowly, carefully, layer after layer; thus the mythical moderate Islam gets smaller and smaller and disappears. This is what Tommy Robinson needs to do with Quilliam and its ilk. He will soon learn this, if he hasn't already, and I believe he has.