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Am I an Islamophobe? Yes, for these reasons


I THINK it was my inner recoil, a sense of total and instinctive alarm, at this picture of the traditionally attired Mothin Ali celebrating winning a seat on Leeds City Council by shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (not exactly the rallying cry of a British patriot) that made me ask myself the question: am I Islamophobic? It took me but seconds to answer and decide, yes, I am, and a few more seconds to silently add ‘for good reason’. I felt the same sense of unease and apprehension when the overall results revealed that seven British cities and towns now boast Muslim mayors, an observation Laurence Fox was brave enough to highlight on Twitter over the weekend. 

It really makes British Islamic scholar Anjem Choudary’s outlandish- sounding prediction that ‘Democracy will most likely be replaced by Islamic Sharia law in the UK, Belgium and France within 15-20 years’ begin to look as though it could be accurate.

As far as I am concerned that is quite definitely something to fear. This is not the Britain I want for my grandchildren. It took Mark Steyn to nail it, though. Commenting on last week’s council elections, he noted that the most important development was not on the ‘right’ (the defection of a respectable chunk of the Tory vote to Farage’s Reform UK party) but on the left, the defection of a significant chunk of the Muslim vote away from Labour (some going to George Galloway’s Workers’ Party, others to Islamo-Greens such as Mr Ali or to independent candidates): ‘What all the alternatives have in common is that they’re more explicitly Islamic – and at their victory parties there are no women and no non-Islamic men’.

Nothing to fear there then.

Steyn goes on: ‘Labour assumed the loyalty of its Muslim voters as it does the loyalty of its gay voters, but the former seem to grasp that they will soon be strong enough to do without the socialist infidels.’

This surge of multiculturalism may be a cause for celebration for the likes of Humza Yousaf, the former Scottish First Minister, as Steyn reported, but really is not. Why? Because this is not how other societies think, they don’t share our liberal views and practices: ‘The Palestinian Authority has zero interest in electing the first Jewish mayor of Ramallah. The Supreme Ayatollah will eschew the inauguration of the first practising Anglican to become prime minister of Iran. Chairman Xi does not deplore the lack of diversity on the Politburo: Lack of diversity is China’s strength. Perhaps the rest of the planet is wrong, and the demographically exhausted west is right. Or perhaps ‘multiculturalism’ is just a self-flattering cover for the death-spiral of the civilisation that built the modern world.’

You can read the whole of his wonderfully acerbic and analytically on point article here. 

So, no wonder someone like me who values freedom, democracy and toleration fears an intolerant and angry religion and culture spreading across the country. Maybe, just maybe, this particular ‘phobia’ is not irrational at all but quite rational.  Especially when we are witnessing the emergence of a new Islamo-fascist political force, superseding the blindly stupid, so-called progressive liberal left that harboured them.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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