However, the central point of Andrew’s piece is that the BBC shouldn’t allow such speakers onto Any Questions, because it “legitimizes” them and “betrays” moderate Muslims. This is surely wrong. We need to hear what maniacs have to say just as much as need to hear what, say, Edward McMillan-Scott has to say, and perhaps more so. I have never been terribly keen on the Manichean approach to Islam which divides it into two mutually hostile camps, extremist and moderate. There is much in moderate Islam which I find repulsive and, uh, extremist – its views about homosexuality, for example, and apostasy. And it is this false split – extremist/moderate which enables idiotic politicians and policemen to assert that suicide bombings are “nothing to do with Islam”. I suspect that counter to what Andrew asserts there is a fair amount of support for the IFE within the certain sections of the Muslim community. Let’s hear that voice from time to time.