Counter-Jihad, Cultural Marxism, Defend the modern world, English Defence League, Islamisation of London, Islamization, Islamophobia, Jason Manford, Multiculturalism, Rihanna Muslim, Tommy Robinson
The comedian Jason Manford once joked that English Southerners and English Northerners only come together in the presence of someone ‘more’ foreign, like a Scot. The two usually opposed characters become in this situation, ‘English’, and proudly so, with all differences suspended. In the face of a French person, all three (the Scot, the Northerner and the Southerner) join together as ‘British’. In the face of an American, all four become ‘European’ etc…. Ultimately, Manford mused, the only way in which humanity could unite given these principles is after an Alien invasion, in which all would be become proudly ‘human’.
The Islamist threat is as close as we may get to that happy situation. Islam is not a race, or a nation, or anything with irreversible physical characteristics. It is something maintained by choice. Islamism, even more so, is entirely optional and can be abandoned at any time. Consequently, opposition to Islamisation attracts an extremely diverse community of peoples, creeds and colours. No one type predominates. All human varieties are banded together in defence of something universal, good and decent: the principle of liberty.
Islamophobia consequently can be (and is) a force for human solidarity.
The Islamists have done much of the work for us. From the dawn of this century, every culture of note has been warred upon.
America was attacked with hijackings. Britain was attacked with subway bombings. Spain was hit by train bombings. India was hit by mass-shootings. Israeli cafes were blown apart. Russian children were massacred inside their own school.
And on and on, the list could go.
Islamophobia, long portrayed as a new Anti-Semitism (with which it bears no resemblance), could turn out to be the new energy globalisation requires to complete itself. By ‘globalisation’, I do not mean the regime of mass-immigration, unregulated banks and rampant pollution rightly protested the world over, but rather the much better (and older) idea of a global sense of solidarity and understanding.
Multiculturalism in-and-of itself need not be a life-threatening disease for Europe. Most people can live with Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist immigration within reason. As long as the numbers stay within reasonable constraints and the areas immigrants inhabit remain open and safe for the natives to live in and visit, who could object?
Human solidarity, humanism, worldliness – whatever you want to call it, was an early victim of Islamism. The Muslims tricked us into believing that it was an either/or choice between liberalism with Islamisation, or fascism without it.
This is dirty lie, and one worth putting well below ground.
Goethe once talked about the ‘evil which cannot help doing good’. Islamophobia, despite its often cruel intensity forms a good example of this. For all the innocent victims of anti-Muslim fury, there are hundreds of diverse communities drawn tightly together by it who would otherwise not have been.
I remember a year ago, when Tommy Robinson attended a Sikh-EDL demonstration wearing a traditional Sikh head-dress, he was widely ridiculed, but surely there is much in this to be warmed by. Before the EDL, Robinson was a mere hooligan, drunkenly fighting rival football fans on Saturday afternoons. Now, he is trying to be a catalyst for something bigger than himself and inspiring others to do the same.
Islamophobia has fertilised an old ethic, an old ideal, at a crucial time in World-History. It may be morally ironic and it may have its imperfections but the cause of human solidarity has a new, unlikely champion, and that’s no bad thing.
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Iftikhar Ahmad said:
Fear of Islam has spread into the hearts of nearly two-thirds of humanity through global political actors, Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate head Mehmet Görmez said today. “Islamophobia has become an illness in the hearts of two-thirds of humanity. We are facing different kinds of challenges against Islam,” Görmez said in a meeting with religious officials in the western province of İzmir. Görmez also said mass media had taken over all young people, leading to a change in the language and understanding of their audiences. “We can’t continue with the definitions from 10 years ago,” he added, signalling a change in the institution’s teachings.
For the first time, academics are taking the issue of anti-Muslim attacks in the UK seriously. A recent report by Jonathan Githens-Mazer and Robert Lambert on Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London Case Study shows how ‘contexts of fear and prejudice against Muslims are providing a basis for violence’. It distinguishes three groups as responsible: small bands of nationalist extremists, gangs with no particular affinities, freelancers acting out of prejudices imbibed from the media’s portrayal of Muslims as terrorists. And, for once in a report, the voices of the victims of such violence are centre-stage.
This report is the first from a newly formed European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter which has funding from Islam Expo and the Cordoba Foundation for a ten-year study of the lives of Muslims in towns and cities across Europe. And, hopefully, having this new centre making a pronouncement on anti-Muslim violence, certainly the most virulent form of racism in the UK today, may have the national impact that is needed. The report’s strength lies in the way it traces cases back to the unequivocal link between attack and motivation.
There is absolutely no doubt that its authors are well intentioned and care deeply about this subject. However, there are a number of weaknesses in the report. Anti-Muslim violence is, of course, linked to a growth in Islamophobia. But Islamophobia is not just a body of ideas in a vacuum. It is connected to the war in Iraq and the war on terror and tied therefore to the state, its laws and executive decisions.
Defend the Modern World said:
Iftikhar – I don’t endorse anti-Muslim violence. Islamophobia in any violent form is detestable bullying. Most Muslims are peaceful and should be argued with peacefully. However Islamophobia as a counter-movement to Islamisation is not a bad thing. It is the same impulse Muslim countries would react with were their countries going through migrant-driven cultural transformation against their will, and that is what is happening in Europe.
Iftikhar Ahmad said:
Muslim migrants are living in a society which is institutionally racist. Brits must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different.Children should be taught about living religions so that they could learn to respect and tolerate those who are in their schools or who live near their own homes.
Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multi-culturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British “us” teaching should acknowledge that “us” can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears.
Islam is the fastest growing faith in Britain. Hundreds and thousands of Brits are reverting to Islam. By the middle of this century, over half of Brits would be Muslims.
“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of
its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to
possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which
can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man
and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the
Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the
dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems
in a way that would bring it the much
needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad
that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to
be acceptable to the Europe of today.” [G.B. Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol.
1, No. 81936.]
From what I’ve been hearing from over there (I’m in the US), the spread of Islam in the UK has *not* been about increasing tolerance for diversity — it’s been about Muslims bullying the well-meaning Brits into giving up their own culture. The example of government employees being required to remove any pig imagery from their desks (e.g. a tissue dispenser with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet) to avoid offending Muslims was particularly shocking, not only because it’s completely insane (Muslim refusal to eat pork, which is perfectly reasonable, turns into Muslim control of knickknacks on non-Muslims’ desks??) but because it shows how confused people are about the difference between tolerance and being a victim of bullying. Frankly, from my point of view, it sounds as if many people in the UK are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome — they’ve been bullied to the point that they feel the best response is to carry on about “multiculturalism” even as their own culture is under assault. Non-Muslim Brits shouldn’t — and don’t need to — respond with physical violence, but they need to stand up loud and proud and declare that they won’t be victims anymore. I applaud the EDL for having large, noisy, non-violent demonstrations. God bless ’em.
Defend the Modern World said:
I agree. But the EDL are having major problems at the moment. Their leader Tommy Robinson has been hounded by police for many months, often on very flimsy charges. The ‘right-wing’ press is also losing patience with them, regarding the cost of policing the marches. It’s a shame, as street-protests (as long as they remain orderly) are a very powerful way of getting the message across.
Should Muslims “learn to respect and tolerate those who are different”? It seems from all indications they are to be exempted from the rules they wish to impose on others. This has been the case in their own lands where dhimmis were made to pay a jizya and suffer daily indignities and humiliations lest Muslims feel “threatened”. When Muslims come to live in the West, they bring their sense of entitlement with them and seek to transform a fully functioning, enlightened society into the racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, intolerant society they just left. They have little use or respect for freedom except for the freedom they wish to impose dominance over those they deem inferior while complaining of the racism of others towards them.