The Lantern of Knowledge Islamic School in east London employed Haque as an administrator, reported The Guardian. He had no qualifications, but that didn’t stop him from teaching over a hundred 11 to 14-year-old kids during after school “Islamic Studies” courses. Now, these classes were a bit more…substantive…than the gender studies, queer studies, and other nonsense you’re used to hearing about. And I don’t mean substantive in the sense of practical or interesting…you see, Haque showed his students ISIS beheading videos, made them role-play attacking cops, and planned on using them to strike Big Ben, the Queen’s Guard, and dozens of other targets.
British authorities have placed 35 of Haque’s students in a long-term deradicalization program.
“Haque was a dangerous liar,” Justice Charles Haddon-Cave said. “He is intelligent, articulate and persuasive, with an easy smile. He is narcissistic and clearly enjoys the power he wields over others.” He told Haque “You have violated the Qur’an and Islam by your actions, as well as the law of all civilised people. It is hoped you will come to realise this.”
Now, I know people love to talk about punitive vs. educational justice systems and how we’re being too mean to criminals and just need to read them a book but honestly, how many of these guys are actually poor, misguided souls who just need a bit of guidance? Not everything is a social construct. When it comes to radical Islam, some people are depraved, some people are deceived, and some people are gingers.