MARCH OF INTOLERANCE; They Hijacked the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Now These Men Who Admire Hitler Are Running Their Own schools,SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

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MARCH OF INTOLERANCE; They Hijacked the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Now These Men Who Admire Hitler Are Running Their Own schools,SPECIAL INVESTIGATION


Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY;WAYNE FRANCIS;STEPHEN WRIGHT

TOMORROW, as every week, they will file through the white, unmarked panelled door to take their place at a Sunday school whose adherents preach hatred.

As the 30 children, some as young as four, settle down in the North-East London classroom, burly minders will as usual stand sentry at each end of the quiet residential street.

The men, two at each end and carrying walkie-talkies, will be distinctive in the smart suits and red bow-ties of the divisive black movement, the Nation of Islam.

This is where the racist NOI, which is dedicated to racial purity and this week created a riot at the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, teaches its children - just one of several schools they are planning to open around the country.

There is already another one in Brixton.

As well as Sunday classes, they give after-school kindergarten lessons for handfuls of children two or three times a week. But do they teach or indoctrinate? Precisely what lessons in life the children are taught, they have thus far refused to tell us.

The philosophy of the movement founded in Britain in 1986 - the year its American leader Louis Farrakhan was banned from entering this country - espouses a separate state for blacks, no mixed marriages, women in the home, admires Hitler as 'a great man' and is freely insulting about Jews, Catholics and homosexuals.

Sunday schools are not normally sinister places but this one, in Stoke Newington, causes tension among local residents, including fellow black people. 'It's the guards,' says one resident. 'They seem so menacing. Why are they there - do they really think their children are going to be attacked?

They have a self-belief bordering on arrogance which they seem to be drilling into the children.' The Nation of Islam, so vocal, so visible as it muscled into the Lawrence inquiry this week (with its own official photographer in attendance) offers nothing but silence to questions about the school. The children are understood, however, to learn

are understood, however, to learn African, rather than British, history, and to have their first lessons in Moslem poetry and songs, leaving the more hard-line education of black revolution until they are older.

It is not going too far to say that at its most extreme the NOI's philosophy emulates Nazi ideas of racism. At the same time it is only right to point out that they also espouse non-drinking and non-smoking and a positive work ethic, and they are the scourge of drug dealers where they find them.

BLACK Nazism is not as strange as it sounds. In America, Farrakhan, now 65, established a working relationship with the Ku Klux Klan because, at root, their basic aims were the same - separatism.

In Britain, for the same reason, the Nation of Islam has been promoted by the organisation you might think was its natural enemy, the National Front.

Former Front leader Patrick Harrington, who is no longer a member, was among a delegation which flew to Chicago for talks with Farrakhan's aides.

He told the Mail: 'It was essentially a meeting of minds. We discussed our views on the future of society and realised we had a lot in common. We agreed to help promote the Nation of Islam in London with a leaflet which went out with their newsletter, the Final Call.

'On one side it said, "We speak for our people" and on the other it said something like, "He (Farrakhan) speaks for his". The strategy was generally well received by our members because of our shared belief that black and white should be separated.'

Among the hundreds of thousands of ordinary black families who distrust the Nation of Islam is a man of 73 called Ken Massop. He is a retired welder and fitter, a God-fearing Christian who twice a week drives the Waltham Forest Community Bus for the disabled.

Mr Massop's son Wayne is the key leader of the Nation of Islam in Britain and, until a family wedding two days ago, he hadn't talked to him for four years. …

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