U.K. Mosque Greets EDL Protest With Tea And Biscuits

U.K. Mosque Greets EDL Protest With Tea And BiscuitsA mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there.

‘Compassionate people’

About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, on Sunday and were invited inside to play football with worshippers. More than 100 supporters of the mosque had gone there after learning of the planned EDL protest.

Father Tim Jones, who went to the Bull Lane mosque, which is situated in his parish, said: “I’ve always known they were intelligent and compassionate people and I think this has demonstrated the extent to which they are people of courage – certainly physical courage and also a high degree of moral courage… I think the world can learn from what happened outside that ramshackle little mosque on Sunday.”


‘Really beautiful thing’

Imam Abid Salik said: “We did have a few people who did come to protest but when they came some of the members of the mosque went over and they engaged in a conversation… Some people went over with cups of tea and biscuits, they were talking for about 30 or 40 minutes and then they came inside, which was a really, really beautiful thing.”

Does the action of the York Mosque worshippers also draw an approval from you? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: BBC News

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Dennis Rodman: Kim Jong Un Has A Message For Obama

Dennis Rodman Kim Jong Un Has A Message For ObamaIn his first interview since returning to the U.S. from an unprecedented visit to North Korea last week, former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he bears a message for President Obama from the country’s oppressive leader, Kim Jong Un.

‘Call him’

“He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him,” Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”

The athlete also offered Kim some diplomatic advice for potential future talks with President Obama: ”[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there,” Rodman said.

Rodman’s comments come just days after the basketball star shocked the world with an unexpected trip to Pyongyang, North Korea, becoming the first known American to publicly meet with the mysterious Kim since he assumed command of the totalitarian nation after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il in 2011. Rodman likely now has more firsthand impressions of Kim than any other American. He offered some insight to Kim’s personality this morning.


‘Friend for life’

“He loves power. He loves control,” Rodman said, of his new “friend.” “But guess what? He doesn’t want war. That’s one thing he doesn’t want.”

Rodman traveled through Pyongyang with members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and a camera crew from the upcoming HBO series, “VICE.” Kim warmly welcomed the Americans, with an itinerary that included ice skating, an aquarium visit and a long dinner and drinks.

During his visit, Rodman sat court side with Kim as they took in an exhibition basketball face-off with the Globetrotters and North Korean players. Kim, like his late father, is said to be a devoted basketball fan – especially for the 1990′s-era Chicago Bulls championship teams, which included Rodman. Rodman stood up to give a speech to the basketball crowd, at one point telling Kim, “You have a friend for life.”

Do you think Dennis Rodman’s mission for “basketball diplomacy” was successful? Could basketball help bring together the U.S. and North Korea?

Source: Kari Rea, ABC Otus News, Yahoo News

Image: CBS News