Al Jazeera: UK hysteria over 'Islamist' threat is fuelling race hate

UK hysteria over 'Islamist' threat is fuelling race hate

Britain's panicked take on 'Islamists' has enabled the spread of racism and emboldened the far-right UKIP party

Once again, the British press is panicking over the "Islamists" that are apparently lurking with malicious intent on every street corner in the UK.

While tabloids fret over imagined to take bacon off Britain's streets, the broadsheets reflect over an extremist Islamism that has apparently taken root on British soils.

Meanwhile, the political class is doing its bit, too. Tony Blair, the Middle East war-mongering former prime minister turned Middle East peace envoy, has declared "radical Islam" to be the, in the world. The British government itself has launched an inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood, which, according to Prime Minister David Cameron is to of the organisation.

And the UK Charities Commission - headed by William Shawcross, formerly of the neo-con Henry Jackson society - has "Islamist extremism" to be the most "deadly threat" facing charities in England and Wales

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"While tabloids fret over imagined Islamic plots (link is external) to take bacon off Britain's streets, the broadsheets reflect a more highbrow hysteria (link is external) over an extremist Islamism that has apparently taken root on British soils."

You sound like an early yes Primeminister and the story that the EU is going to ban the british sausage and rename it the "Offal Tube".

As for launching an inquiry into the "Muslim Brotherhood", as being in a state of panic over the Islam. The Brotherhod as a chequred history and is banned in quite a few Islamic States?

But for me, Muslims are their own biggest problem, the average Brit [inc Chinese, Indian, Afro-Carribean etc] tend to live and let live. When they become fearful, is when an organisation and/or religion try to say what they can and cannot do. That the society that they were born into or their parents emigrated too is totally wrong and as decadent values.

Yet; this is the society [the west] most immigrant/asylum seekers flee to to avoid persecution for their religious/political views. So we cannot be too bad, but the major complaint we have is that once here you want to impose on us a society similar to the society that you left on the majority.

We have a simple logic in the west, "treat others, as you wish to be treated your self". So if you wish to be intolerent of our values, then what will happen eventualy is, "we shall treat you as you treat us". The West is not perfect, but neither is Islam.

Racism existed in the UK long before plots and radicalised individuals.

I would even suggest that the amount of prejudice has been at a low over the past decade compared with the few decades preceding it.

Enoch Powell and his rivers of blood speech was quite a long time ago.

What has happened recently is specific targeting of a group which gives way to paranoia.

If a crime has been done by a Muslim, the Muslim bit is given focus. If it was by someone else, you get the lone white butter storyline.

This isn't something unique to Muslims and has historically been a major issue in places like America for African American citizens.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

The West has never been at ease with Islam since the Crusades. It is unfortunate that huge oil supplies lie under the Arabian Deserts. It is the West that stirred the trouble that led to 9/11. That attack was a desperate act of by men prepared to lose their life. We need to get to grips on who is the terrorist? On 24 November 1963, Lyndon Johnson said, “the battle against communism… must be joined… with strength and determination. Some three million lives were lost in the consequential battles. The US had to pull out due to Public Opinion. Communism lived on. So who was the terrorist?

The British establishment is wrong in thinking that Imams are to blame for extremism. Imams are not solution to the problem for extremism. Extremism is nothing to do with Imams. Extremism is not created from abroad, it is coming from within. Britain fails to help Muslim communities feel part of British society. Race trouble is being predicted by the Daily Express, because of an ethnic boom in UK major cities. Muslim communities need imams for the solutions of their needs and demands in their own native languages. Muslim parents would like to see their children well versed in Standard English and to go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. The fact is that majority of Muslim children leave schools with low grades because monolingual teachers are not capable to teach Standard English to bilingual Muslim children. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.

Terrorism and sexual grooming is nothing to do with Masajid, Imams and Muslim schools. Those Muslim youths who have been involved in terrorism and sexual grooming are the product of western education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage, literature and poetry. They suffer from identity crises and I blame British schooling.

Terrorism, the use of violence against civilians is not new and it is not unique to Islamic extremists. Though we are hyper-aware of this threat from groups that view themselves as the only true Muslims, let us not forget that assaults on civilians have been used widely throughout human existence and was a widespread occurrence in the last century. Dresden, The Holocaust, Biafra, Rwanda, Cambodia, Oklahoma City... None of these had anything to do with Islam. The problem is not that Islam harbours fanatics, that Europeans allow Muslim immigrants to dwell in impoverished ghettos, or that the Western Nations support despots to ensure access to the oil of the Middle East, though all are true. The problem is that people, and states, are all too willing to use violence to advance their own self-interest. Until we eschew violence, it will always be a weapon easily adopted by the least among us to strike at the privileged.

Charlie Hebdo is a disgusting, racist and bigoted satirical publication that has been inviting such a tragedy for many years. What is the point of humour at the expense of others beliefs? The reason we're not allowed to depict our Prophet graphically is through his own instruction. He did not want to be "idolized" in any way. He even said himself "i am just a man". These terrorists have done the exact opposite - they have idolized him by claiming a false "vengeance". Still, i despise Charlie Hebdo. They were asking for it knowing full well the state of extremism in the world today. Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, it has to do with societal problems. That makes sense. That is why we see so many non-Muslim, poor Latin Americans, Africans and Indians resorting to terrorism as a means to vent their anger, right?

In Islam there is no commandment to kill people by making such allegations against them. The cartoonists had exercised their freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is totally allowed in Islam. Even during the Prophet's time there were several instances of ridicule, however the Prophet and his Companions neither punished such persons nor asked anyone to do so. On every occasion of this kind, the Prophet's Companions always tried to positively disseminate the message of Islam. They never tried to punish these people. The killing of those people who had published the cartoons is a gravely un-Islamic act in the name of Islam.

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