by Enza Ferreri
“We don’t debate unprofessional councillors, unprincipled
journalists, and self-righteous community organizers; we turn the tables
on them”: this is how British planning lawyer Gavin Boby, also known as
the “mosque buster”, describes the activity of his organization, the Law And Freedom Foundation.
He uses the law to stop the building of mosques in the UK by
demonstrating to local councils that the building of a mosque or an
Islamic centre is actually in violation of British law. And he succeeds:
the count so far is 16 victories out of 17 cases.
Gavin Boby is a 48-year-old planning lawyer from Bristol, South-West
England. He deals with planning permissions or zoning permissions.
Like many other people in Britain, for almost 10 years Boby had
witnessed the progressive penetration of Islam in his country, but like
many other people he watched idly not knowing what to do about it.
It was the same feeling of impotence that most of us shared. But
then, a couple of years ago, he had this idea. Many mosques disrupt
neighbourhoods and drive out long-time residents. Non-Muslim women in
particular are made to feel uncomfortable in those areas. Why not use
his legal skills to help local communities resist planning applications
The BBC video above the article exposes how corrupt the process of
granting mosque planning applications can be, showcasing a session in
the Rochdale Council’s planning committee in the North of England,
during which councillor Begum does not allow discussion before the vote
is taken and rushes the other members to vote.
This is very topical in light of the recent revelations that the Boston bombers’ mosque
“has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical
speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim
group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism”,
has classic jihadi texts in its library, and gave money to two terrorist charities
which have been shut down by the U.S. government. But then again, when
is something about the violent nature of Islam not topical these days?
Still, this is a good way to introduce the mosque buster’s work. What
are mosques? As we know, mosques are not like churches or synagogues,
they are far more than houses of worship and contemplation, many of them
are centres of jihadist activity that indoctrinate to commit and
support violence against infidels. In America, as many as 4 different
studies have independently come to the same conclusion that 80 per cent of US mosques “were teaching jihad, Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians”.
The Law And Freedom Foundation website declares: “A mosque is not
merely a place of worship. Islamic doctrine requires the application of
Islamic law within its geographical reach.”
We can see the truth of that in London. It is no coincidence that sharia-law areas or self-declared Muslim areas with Muslim patrols acting like vigilantes in cities like London are near mosques.
We are increasingly seeing Muslim patrols in the proximity of mosques
saying to passers-by that they can’t walk a dog, wear a skirt, drink
In an interview Gavin Boby explains that mosques are being used as
the bridgehead, the forefront of the advance of Islam in a territory.
What happens in neighbourhoods – usually working class districts which
are not used to dealing with officialdom – where a mosque is built is
that the area changes forever for its residents, who no longer recognize
it and eventually have to move out, due to things like the parking
jihad, general harassment, vandalism.
“The parking jihad is” he describes, “soon after the construction of a
mosque, people will find no parking space there, their driveway is
being blocked or even a car is parked in the driveway inside your
property and if you ask them to move their car they’ll say it’s only for
an hour.” The parking tends to be used as a way to establish possession
and control over the area, of saying: “This is a mosque area, we are
the owners now and there’s nothing you can do about it”, and then after
that it gets worse until the point when people move out.
“The Koran,” the Bristol lawyer continues, “calls 14 times for the
enslavement of non-Muslims, and 3 times for killing the unbelievers
wherever they are found. This is obviously against English law. You
don’t need to be a good lawyer to fight it but you need to be a very
good lawyer to get around it.”
Partly, the mosque buster’s approach is that of finding the
contradictions and incompatibilities between Islam and Western
fundamental principles (that’s the easy part), and making mosque
building and planning regulations become the battleground of these
In the same way as Islam is not just a religion but also a political
doctrine of supremacy and power, so the mosque is not simply a building
of worship but also a political one.
This is the Islamic doctrine, every mosque is instructed to
be based upon the original mosque in Medina, where Muhammad originally
in the 7th century set up his religious-political doctrine of social
control, and the mosque is a place of government, it is a place where
treaties are made, death sentences are passed, armies are blessed and
dispatched, it is primarily about political control and it is very much
used as a tool of advance. Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey talked about
that, the Muslim Brotherhood compared their mosques to battalions and
to beehives, where Muslims will gather and then advance, and there’s
nothing new about this, it goes back to the 7th century.
So this is the why of the Law And Freedom Foundation’s operation. Now let’s see the how.
Gavin works pro bono as a planning lawyer for anyone wishing to fight the erection of a mosque. He says:
The method is very simple. A planning application gets
submitted for a mosque in an area, and it will never be called a
“mosque”. It will be called a community centre; an inter-faith centre; a
public community, harmony-building outreach centre, and then the
neighbours contact us, and it’s usually people who have never been
involved in politics before, are shy of politics and officialdom and ask
us to help them to resist it. And that’s what we do, we help them to
simply use established methods of consultation to tell the local
authorities: “We object to this proposal because of the effect it will
have on the neighbourhood, the effect on parking, the effect on noise,
the effect on disturbance, the architectural effect, the effect of
concentrations of people generally, the amenity for residents”. And also
we give them advocacy in front of the council meeting, we’ll advocate
on their behalf.
Therefore the approach is twofold. The most commonly employed is to
use the effects on and the desires of the local communities as tools in
the consultation process which is local authorities’ standard procedure
before a planning or change of use permission is granted.
As an example, the last two refusals to mosque building from local
authorities were motivated by: loss of the retail floorspace; harm to
the character, function, vitality and viability of the neighbourhood
centre; possible harm to the surrounding transport network in respect of
movements to and from the site for both pedestrians and vehicles; loss
of employment use in a Locally Significant Industrial Site and potential
harm to the viability and function of the remaining Locally Significant
Industrial Site; low public transport accessibility inappropriate for a
large-scale community facility; lack of adequate on-site parking with
resulting overspill on-street parking likely to cause unacceptable
traffic management problems and traffic congestion, to the detriment of
traffic flow and road safety in the vicinity of the site.
From these you can have an idea of the broadness and scope of reasons
that can be used. Other common issues are noise, and congestion at
particular times like Fridays at prayer times or when there are Koran
lessons for children.
The second approach – although what is predominantly used is the
first – goes more to the core of what Islam is. The organization’s
website states: “Also, it is hard to see how a Local Authority has the
power to grant planning permission for a mosque, since the purpose of a
mosque is to promote a doctrine that incites killing, enslavement and
war. You don’t need to be a skilled lawyer to understand this point –
you have to be a skilled lawyer to find a way around it.”
This conviction was evident when the mosque buster was asked how he
responds to people who say this is an infringement of freedom of
religion. He answered:
I understand people who say that, and it would be the case
if Islam were simply about private contemplation and reflection, the way
that Christianity in a parish church is, but the problem is that you
have two legal principles that conflict. You have this issue of freedom
of religion and you have the public order issue, it’s not an issue of
censorship, it’s a public order issue that [you have] if you have people
preaching warfare, preaching violence, preaching killing and enslaving
against another part of the population: that is against the most
founding principles, [which were established] before freedom of religion
was established within English law, within any law.
The British planning lawyer clarifies the relationship between these
approaches when he advises his clients: “Don’t focus on the religious
and political aspects, focus on the technical ones, but what we are
doing is trying to stop the area from being Islamized”. But the two
issues, i.e. the political question and the concern about community
safety, are in fact indissolubly interconnected; he acts from knowledge
of the intimidation and violence that the mosques regularly bring with
He observes that mosques are increasingly being built in the UK in
numbers which are disproportionate to the need for them, and often in
areas with hardly any Muslim population.
The Law and Freedom Foundation also offers advice to local activists
on how to go about the business of mosque busting. Gavin Boby’s is an
original approach, even the way he talks gives you the immediate
impression that he brings something new and different (lawyer-like but
this time in a good sense) to the anti-Islam movement.
Boby has become a household name in the counterjihad movement, and
others outside the UK are following his example, like Geert Wilders in
Holland, whose party recently launched the “MoskNee” (“MosqueNo”) project. Still to remain in continental Europe, the mosque buster spoke at the Brussels ICLA conference on July 9 2012.
He was also invited to speak in Ottawa, Canada by the organization Act for Canada,
which points out that the University of Alberta’s former Chair in
Islamic Studies explained how the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood
Hassan al-Banna hoped to change “the status of the Mosque, bringing it from a static place of worship to a center of Islamic revolution”,
while Youssef Qaradawi, unconditionally endorsed by leaders of the
Muslim Brotherhood operating in Canada, wrote: “It must be the role of
the mosque to guide the public policy of a nation, raise awareness of
critical issues, and reveal its enemies. From ancient times the mosque has had a role in urging jihad for the sake of Allah“. Gavin also spoke in Toronto and Montreal.
In August/September 2012 Mr Boby toured Australia on invitation of the Q Society of Australia,
according to which many Australians still do not fully understand how
important mosques and mosque-building are in Islamic doctrine and how
crucially different a mosque is from a church or synagogue. Many
Australians did not know that in their country there are already over
340 mosques and Islamic prayer rooms, many of which are rooms in once
secular public buildings and public spaces.
As can be expected, there is controversy and attempts to stop this
mosque-busting lawyer from giving speeches wherever they are scheduled,
and he has been vilified by the mass media.
But what really matters is that it works. Maybe his activity can be
the inspiration to find other specialistic, professional ways to use the
law against the Islamization of our countries.
is an Italian-born, London-based author and journalist. She has been a
London correspondent for several Italian magazines and newspapers,
including Panorama, L’Espresso, and La Repubblica.
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