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Legoland Threats Over Muslim Event Causes UK Park to Close

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Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 07:41 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Legoland threats from a "far right" group forced the English amusement park to close over the weekend after it had announced it would be hosting a private event for the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, which is headed by a radical Islamic cleric.

More than 1,000 Muslim families were expected to attend the Berkshire, U.K., amusement park over the weekend, before the park announced that it would be closing its doors over safety concerns, Britain's Telegraph reported.

The fears stemmed from a series of threatening emails and social media posts from individuals reportedly associated with among others the British National Party, a right-wing organization, which opposed the premise of the event, arguing that Legoland would not provide a weekend for white Christians but were willing to host an event for the followers of a radical Muslim cleric.

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Haitham al-Haddad, an Islamic scholar who was widely accused of spreading ideological hatred and consequently has been banned from several British universities for his extreme views, runs the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, which states that "Islam [is] the cure for all of humanities ills," on its website.

"Sadly, a private event due to take place on Sunday has had to be cancelled due to threats from right-wing groups made against the resort," Legoland said in a statement released Wednesday. "The safety and security of our guests and our members of staff is our number one priority, which is why we’ve made the difficult decision to close the Hotel."

"Sadly it is our belief that deliberate misinformation fueled by a small group with a clear agenda was designed expressly to achieve this outcome," the stament continued. "We are appalled at what has occurred, and at the fact that the real losers in this are the many families and children who were looking forward to an enjoyable day out at Legoland."

Though the details of the actual threats were not reported, according to the Telegraph some of the apparently offensive messages were said to have come from members of the English Defense League and the neo-Nazi linked Casuals United.

The Muslim Research and Development Foundation published a press release on Wednesday in which it wrote, "It was evident from these hate articles and threats that this was not an attack on MRDF alone but was an outright attack on Islam and Muslims in the UK."

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