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Saturday, August 20, 2005
  Reverend Lacy gets it. Why can't the US?
Scotsman.com News - Top Stories - Muslim radicals should quit UK says Moderator: "SCOTLAND'S most senior churchman says extremist Muslim clerics should leave the country, and has branded them 'hypocrites' who treat their neighbours as 'enemies'.

Church of Scotland Moderator, Rev David Lacy, also accuses radical Islamists of speaking out 'against us from within' while receiving 'heart operations and care on our system'.

Lacy's unprecedented remarks, in an interview with Scotland on Sunday, have strongly divided opinion within the Kirk and represent a marked departure from the cautious tone usually adopted by moderators.

Lacy said extremist Muslims - such as Muhammad al-Massari, who has been accused of encouraging attacks on coalition soldiers in Iraq - should go.

'They have been welcomed as brothers and have treated us as enemies. It is hypocrisy, they should leave,' said Lacy.

'If we are their enemies they should have nothing to do with us, but they don't. They speak out against us from within and get heart operations and care on our system. And we are happy to do that for them, to have rights and care, but we expect them to love us in return and accept our right to be who we are.'

Lacy also criticised civil liberties campaigners, whom he accused of stressing rights while underplaying the need for individual responsibility.

He added that those who believed it was Christian to 'turn the other cheek' to such extremism were misunderstanding the Gospel message and claimed that believers had a duty to 'confront evil'."
 
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