Prince Charles fears radical Muslims in UK, persecution of Christians in Middle East


Prince Charles said the numbers of vulnerable young Muslims being radicalised by "crazy stuff" on the Internet was "frightening", in an interview to be broadcast Sunday (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)
Prince Charles said the numbers of vulnerable young Muslims being radicalised by “crazy stuff” on the Internet was “frightening”, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)
Britain’s Prince Charles will intervene in the case of a jailed Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and urge Saudi Arabia’s new king to halt the punishment, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.

Charles embarked on a six-day tour of the Middle East this weekend beginning in Jordan and is expected to also visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. His office is not commenting on his exact agenda and the content of any meetings until they are underway.

Protector of Faiths

The heir to the British throne, who is on a trip to the region, told the BBC that the plight of Christians persecuted by Islamic extremists was “a most agonizing situation,” though it was important to remember they were just one persecuted minority among many around the world.

“But at the same time I fear that the problems in the Middle East are not going to go away immediately,” the prince said in a pre-recorded interview with “The Sunday Hour” radio program. “And so there is a danger that there is going to be very, very few left.”

He appealed for more work to build bridges between religions.

If he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II as monarch, Charles will become temporal head of the Church of England and take the title “Defender of the Faith.” He said that although the title refers to the Anglican faith, he believed the role involved protecting others’ freedom to worship.

“It always seems to me that while at the same time being Defender of the Faith you can also be protector of faiths,” he said.

Intervention in Saudi Arabia

But the Mail on Sunday, without citing sources, said the heir to the British throne would intervene in the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was arrested in June 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

It cited unnamed British diplomatic sources as saying the intervention might carry more clout given his royal status.

Badawi was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine, and the flogging. Before he set off, Amnesty International urged Charles to seize the opportunity of his visit for “a frank discussion of human rights.”

Fear of Radical Muslims in the UK

Separately, in an interview recorded before he departed and broadcast on Sunday, Charles spoke of his alarm at the number of young British Muslims being radicalized, suggesting they should respect British values.

The heir to the throne also voiced concern about Christians fleeing the Middle East in droves, saying the situation might end with very few left in the cradle of the religion.

In a BBC radio interview, Charles said radicalization was “one of the greatest worries” and the issue could not be simply “swept under the carpet.

“It’s the extent which this is happening is the alarming part,” the 66-year-old said.

Speaking of “the values we hold dear”, Charles said: “You’d think that the people who have come here, born here, go to school here would abide by those values and outlooks.

“But, the frightening part is that people can be so radicalized either through contact with somebody else or through the Internet and the extraordinary amount of crazy stuff which is on the Internet.”

British authorities say around 600 Britons have traveled to Syria or Iraq, where Islamic State militants have seized swathes of territory, and that about half of them have returned home, raising fears of a possible attack on British soil.




10 responses to “Prince Charles fears radical Muslims in UK, persecution of Christians in Middle East”

  1. Open your eyes Avatar
    Open your eyes

    This idiot isnt fit to lead a donkey let alone the UK

    1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
      Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Same same.

      1. Open your eyes Avatar
        Open your eyes

        Are you saying you are the same mr hairy borlz? Pity your hairy there and not on your scalp.

        1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
          Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Maborlz ez-hairi and my scalp is shiny you think? sounds like your playing Guess Who.

  2. AkhouManUki Avatar

    Oh Charles, how about we forget about the riffraff and play a game of polo?

  3. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Some mothers do have’em.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    He’s right about the ‘crazy stuff’ on the airwaves … just drop into YaLibnan sometimes. :-)))))))
    The truly crazy bit there, is letting them return, of course.
    You wanted to go be a ‘warrior’?? For a different ‘country’??? Good luck with that. Bye.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      What did he say to McCameron about the millions of Christians who disappeared since the British and allies wars of destruction in the Middle East..Charlie big ears hmar

      1. Open your eyes Avatar
        Open your eyes

        He said “hind stfu!”

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        He’s not in politics … wouldn’t talk to Cameron … and besides, why would he say anything about something that went on long before his time? Can’t go back and edit.

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