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This craven deference to Islamism endangers us all – including Muslims


This is the first of two articles about ‘Islamophobia’. Today Karen Harradine wonders why the Government defers to Islamists. Tomorrow she will focus on the muddle it has got itself into on the issue.

A FEW years ago, while I was living in Singapore, the government there expelled two Bangladeshi migrants within days of learning that they were preaching jihad. Protecting their citizens from harm is more important to the Singaporean government than fearing accusations of ‘racism’ or ‘Islamophobia’. Sadly the British Government is not equally courageous.

I wrote in TCW last week on how Islamist hate preachers such as Linda Sarsour and Ahmed Alshami were allowed to enter the UK. I asked why the government allowed it.

It could not be on the grounds of perceived racism – or so you would think. The UK is is not a racist country. Equality laws are entrenched here. Was it then accusations of ‘Islamophobia’ they feared had they taken action? Here lies the problem – the right to voice our concerns about the extremist part of Islam without being accused of ‘Islamophobia’.

To hate all Muslims because of their faith and not to make a distinction between extremist Islam and ordinary decent Muslims is of course wrong. It is moreover hurtful and alienating of the secular and reformist Muslim allies that we have in this fight against Islamism, to the many Muslims who wish to live a peaceful religious or secular life and who are far more integrated than we give them credit for. Some must be scratching their heads asking why the government acquiesces to the same Islamist ideologues that they, or their parents, fled from in search of sanctuary here.

It brings us to the critical question of who speaks for Islam in our society, the Islamists or the reformists? And if it is the former, why has the government capitulated to their Islamist narrative on Islamophobia? After all, secular and reformist Muslims need the establishment, MSM and the chattering classes to cease kowtowing to Islamists and help fight the misogynistic, homophobic extremists who advocate jihad and would inflict FGM on their daughters and who reject our Enlightenment values.

Given the deference shown by our craven government and the MSM to individuals such as the aggressive Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and organisations such as Mend, it would seem we are all being forced into silence. Ever since the moderate Sara Khan was appointed the Government’s Commissioner for Countering Extremism, the former and ennobled vice-chairman of the Conservative Party has been ‘beating her with a stick’ in her determination to make the government adopt a ‘working definition of Islamophobia’ as ‘a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness’.

Warsi has played an important part in the recent push by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims for a racially defined version of Islamophobia to be officially recognised. In furtherance of this cause she recently produced a ‘dossier’ containing more than 100 allegations of Islamophobia and racism within the Conservative Party. This is the same Baroness Warsi reported to have worked closely with the Islamist organisation Mend, advocating on their behalf with government.

Time will tell if the government capitulate to Warsi and other Islamists in installing a blasphemy law by making Islamophobia illegal. I suspect they will. Their deference to Islamism is increasingly well established and has already warped ‘official’ and ‘public’ notions of what anti-Muslim hatred is. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the case of the Christian preacher who was arrested for being ‘Islamophobic’ simply by preaching the gospel. 

The Christian student Felix Ngole, who was expelled from a Sheffield University social work course for posts on Facebook expressing Biblical views on same-sex marriage and sexual ethics has, thanks to the good offices of Christian Concern’s legal team, won his appeal. But as Tim Dieppe wrote in TCW, it never should have come to this. Britain is a Christian country, so why this creeping war on harmless Christians in their own country?

Meanwhile the UK’s very real problem with home-grown jihadists persists. Isis supporter Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, an Uber driver who last summer attacked three police officers with a knife, has been acquitted of ‘plotting terror’ by a jury at the Old Bailey. 

Another jihadist threatened to behead a Jewish man with a knife just last week. A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence.

The Electoral Commission has seen fit to fine a Brexiteer for ticking the wrong box on a form, but appears to have no problem with convicted electoral fraudster Tariq Mahmood playing a prominent role in Labour’s Peterborough by-election campaign, which has been rocked by allegations of illegal voting. Police investigating five allegations of electoral fraud following the Peterborough by-election have found that no offences were committed in respect of three of the claims but are continuing to investigate two allegations, of a breach of the privacy of the vote and of the burning of ballots. 

Concern that Peterborough is but one of many ‘rotten boroughs’ has not gone away and leaves worrying questions about the Electoral Commission and the police. Are they just inept and incompetent or also so terrified of being accused of ‘Islamophobia’ that they are failing to uphold justice?

It also raises questions about the wider influence of the government’s own craven attitude towards Islamism – their succumbing to bullying that endangers all of us, including British Muslims.

If institutions established to protect law-abiding citizens from harm cease to function properly, and instead actively work against justice, you could say it was time ‘to drain the swamp’ here too.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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