Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has a new plan to fight violent Islamic extremism: instead of prison, sentence the offenders to therapy and counseling!
The Home Office is to announce an extra £12.5 million to support new initiatives to try to stop extremism spreading.
The central element of the Home Office plan is a new national "deradicalisation" programme that would persuade converts to violent and extremist causes to change their views.
Controversially, the new plan makes clear that people who fall under the influence of violent organisations will not automatically face prosecution.
Instead, the presumption should be that some such individuals would face therapy and counselling from community groups instead of criminal charges.
What Ms. Smith forgets is that therapy only works if the person wants to be "healed." But why should "extremists" want help? After all, their faith promises them Paradise for fighting the unbeliever in Allah’s cause. How can an hour with a local counselor compete with that? The "extremist" will just tell the therapist what he wants to hear and then be on his merry jihadi way.
What’s next? The comfy chair?
(hat tip: Weekly Standard)
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