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The British government Friday was accused of trying to interfere in the Muslim community on religious matters by announcing controversial plans to fund a board of theologians to prevent Islam being abused by extremists.

Muslim News editor Ahmed Versi said that the government was being "wrong-headed" as other attempts to have control of a state-version of Islam had "no credibility."

"It proves that the whole strategy of the UK government is to target not just Muslims but Islam itself," Versi said. "It is not targeting extremism but the Muslim community, including now on matters of Islam," he warned.

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