Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, reports that Clegg said:
“An unspeakable act has been conducted in their name. Yet while this has provoked feelings of frustration and anger – it flies in the face of the peace and love that Islam teaches……”
Nick Clegg gave a speech at the Hugh Cubitt Peabody Centre in Islington today and either the words Hope attributes to Clegg were uttered at a different event or there would appear to be a little rewriting involved. A transcript of Clegg’s speech has been issued by Inside Government and the words Hope provides do not appear, in their entirety, in the transcript.
According to the transcript, Clegg ended his speech with a quote from the Quran,; verse 32, Chapter 5:
“If anyone kills a human being, it shall be as though he killed all mankind, whereas if anyone saves a life it shall be as though he saved the whole of mankind.”
Perhaps I may do likewise:, quoting verse 51, Chapter 5:
“ O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends: They are but friends to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.”
Peace and love? It would appear not.