Thursday, December 17, 2015

Three cup shuffle

Baroness Warsi has an article in the Telegraph today that perfectly illustrates why apologists for Islam either don't understand the true nature of the problem or are being willfully dishonest by attempting to misdirect attention away from the reality of it. Warsi is clearly a well educated and intelligent Woman so I'm going to assume the latter. The basis of her argument is that if we simply disguise mosques to look like "English village churches" then problems of multiculturalism, societal divisions and a general lack of respect between communities might be solved. 

To me this just sounds just like Kenny Craig the creepy hypnotist character on the show Little Britain, who used to chant "look into my eyes, look into my eyes, not around my eyes, into my eyes" as he was attempting to extort sex or money from unsuspecting victims. In a similar act of diversion Warsi is attempting to distract our attention away from the real poison that divides people and causes cultural friction; it's not what the buildings look like it's what's being preached and said within their walls! 

We only need read any number of undercover sting operations conducted by TV programmes or news papers to see that hate and medieval barbarity is still being openly preached in mosques in this country and in many other European countries. Not only is this hate being preached in mosques, it's also being preached to children within faith schools; fortunately I think people generally are becoming more aware of this problem, the problem is Islamism, more specifically, how many Muslims choose to interpret Islam, i.e. literally. To combat literalism we need not worry about what shape the minarets on English mosques are, but we do need to worry about supporting and encouraging the Muslim reformers, the secular Muslims who are pro-free speech, pro LGBT rights, pro gender equality and are the people who need to be given the confidence and resources to marginalize the literalists within their own religion. This is not something that can be done from the outside, it needs to be done from within. Nor can it be done by temporarily hiding the literalists from view; in this respect apologists like Warsi are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

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