By Richard Littlejohn
The Daily Mail (UK)
Borrowed any good books from your local public library lately?
I'm told Women Who Deserve To Go To Hell is proving especially popular in Tower Hamlets.
It may not have been shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, but it apparently flies off the shelves in East London.
The crazy guys at Hibt ut-Tahrir are behind Funds In The Khilafah State, which contains a handy guide for Muslims on shedding the blood and seizing the property of apostates.
That, too, has found its way into the public libraries of Tower Hamlets, where you can also lay your hands on books by Abdullah al-Faisal and Abu Hamza, aka Captain Hook.
Both men have been convicted of terrorism offences and are currently behind bars.
Al-Faisal specialises in preaching death to Jews, Hindus and all Westerners and encourages young Muslim boys to learn how to make bombs, fire guns, fly airplanes and use missiles to murder "unbelievers".
In his seminal Natural Instincts, he writes: "The kafirs (unbelievers) are the henchmen of the Shaitaan (the devil). The only language these kafirs respect is jihad (holy war)."
Captain Hook, an Al Qaeda recruiting sergeant, is doing a seven stretch in Belmarsh after being found guilty of 11 counts of incitement to murder and racial hatred.
Hitherto, his literary achievements have gone largely unheralded, unless you include a number of pamphlets he has published for the benefit of wannabe suicide bombers.
Not everyone's choice of bedtime reading, granted. But Tower Hamlets library committee deemed both authors worthy of sufficient merit to be put on public display.
Call me old-fashioned, but not so long ago the only mention of Captain Hook you'd find in the library was in a dog-eared copy of Peter Pan, in the children's section.
I'd love to have been in the meeting at which the librarians decided to stock these books.
"Right, we've got to get that new Ian McEwan and the Sebastian Faulks. Oh, and the Monica Ali, she's very popular with our borrowers in the Brick Lane branch. The Guardian gave her four stars on Saturday.
"How about Captain Hook? No, not the JM Barrie version, that mullah from Finsbury Park. What's it called? The Martyrs' Guide To Throat-Slitting, I think it is. It was Pick of The Week in the Independent on Sunday.
"We had a couple of young chaps in yesterday asking for it. You know, those quiet lads with the beards and the rucksacks who spent all afternoon online, downloading bomb-making instructions. I remember because the copier packed up and they said they'd be back today."
It's not just Tower Hamlets, either. A new report from the think tank the Centre For Social Cohesion claims that some libraries are becoming "saturated with extreme Islamist books".
Many councils, including Birmingham, Leicester, Ealing and Blackburn, are happy to spend taxpayers' money on this seditious poison.
The report says: "Many of these books glorify acts of terrorism, incite violence against anyone who rejects jihadist ideologues and endorse violence and discrimination against women."
I wonder what the committed feminists on these councils' equality committees make of Women Who Deserve To Go To Hell.
Other titles include 40 books by Hassan Banna, of the violent Muslim Brotherhood, and Sayyid Qutb, who is said to have been a major influence on Osama Bin Laden.
Steve Rigby, of Blackburn Council, said: "Librarians do not act as censors where titles are freely available."
Would the same attitude apply to a book which, for instance, called for holy war against Muslims, or described members of any other ethnic or religious minority as "filthy kafirs" who should be killed?
The ubiquitous Mr Bean lookalike Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council, now back in favour with ministers after a brief spat, said it was right that public money should be spent on these books.
"These are authors who are widely read in the Muslim world and it is not surprising that they are stocked in areas where there happens to be the highest concentration of Muslims.
"It does not necessarily mean you agree with them. It is part of a free society."
Pity that tolerance doesn't extend to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, or Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Remember those "Free Speech: Go To Hell" posters waved by Muslim beheading enthusiasts on the streets of London?
At a time when the Government is supposed to be "reaching out" to young Muslims to prevent them becoming radicalised, local councils are spending taxpayers' money putting into public libraries books by convicted terrorists which advocate death, destruction and holy war and preach violence against women and "kafirs".
If you're late bringing them back, do they chop your hands off?
It's not just Women Who Deserve To Go To Hell. We are all going to hell in a handcart.