Reverand Samuel: They warned “If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.”
The Reverend Noble Samuel was driving to the studio when a car pulled over in front of him. A man got out and came over to ask him directions in Urdu. Mr Samuel based at Heston United Reformed Church, West London, said: ‘He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door.
He started slapping my face and punching my neck. He was trying to smash my head on the steering wheel. Then he grabbed my cross and pulled it off and it fell on the floor. He was swearing. The other two men came from the car and took my laptop and Bible.’
When it comes to the treatment of people from other religions, fundamentalist Muslims have no problem in debasing their property and threatening their lives. They are simply threatened by debate, it’s inconceviable to them that others have the right to their own views, so they must be silenced, or else.
The Metropolitan Police are treating it as a ‘faith hate’ assault and are hunting three Asian men. In spite of the attack, Mr Samuel went ahead with his hour-long live Asian Gospel Show on the Venus satellite channel from studios in Wembley, North London. During the show the Muslim station owner Tahir Ali came on air to condemn the attack.
Pakistan-born Mr Samuel, 48, who was educated by Christian missionaries and moved to Britain 15 years ago, said that over the past few weeks he has received phone-in calls from people identifying themselves as Muslims who challenged his views.
Kudos to the station manager for condemning the attack, it took bravery, for he has now become a target by the same group of men who attacked the Christian minister.
‘They were having an argument with me,’ he said. ‘They were very aggressive in saying they did not agree with me. I said those are your views and these are my views.’ He said that he, his wife Louisa, 48, and his son Naveed, 19, now fear for their safety, and police have given them panic alarms. ‘I am frightened and depressed,’ he said. ‘My show is not confrontational.’
These thugs must not be allowed to get away with it, and it’s going to take many more leaders in the Muslim communities scattered across Britain to come out and vocally condemn any act of violence in the name of their religion, as well as distancing themselves from the sharia and Muslim supremacist views. Once again, kudos to the station owner who condemned the attack, I wonder though if any of the local Imams will do the same? KGS