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July 28, 2005

Political correctness and wishful thinking will be the death of them

Patrick Sookhdeo writes in The Spectator (free registration required) that for whatever reason—political correctness, wishful thinking, ignorance—not even the events of July 7 (and the ineffective followup attempt) have awakened the United Kingdom to the fact that Muslims there are aggressively pursuing the Islamification of that country, and that anything goes in the pursuit of that end. Sookhdeo describes the progress:
Muslims who migrated to the UK came initially for economic reasons, seeking employment. But over the last 50 years their communities have evolved away from assimilation with the British majority towards the creation of separate and distinct entities, mimicking the communalism of the British Raj. As a Pakistani friend of mine who lives in London said recently, ‘The British gave us all we ever asked for; why should we complain?’ British Muslims now have Sharia in areas of finance and mortgages; halal food in schools, hospitals and prisons; faith schools funded by the state; prayer rooms in every police station in London; and much more. This process has been assisted by the British government through its philosophy of multiculturalism, which has allowed some Muslims to consolidate and create a parallel society in the UK.

The Muslim community now inhabits principally the urban centres of England as well as some parts of Scotland and Wales. It forms a spine running down the centre of England from Bradford to London, with ribs extending east and west. It is said that within 10 to 15 years most British cities in these areas will have Muslim-majority populations, and will be under local Islamic political control, with the Muslim community living under Sharia.
History conclusively demonstrates that whenever Muslims gain political power in a country, the Islamification accelerates, and all incompatible institutions—government structure, legal system, religion, etc.— in that country eventually disappear or are forcibly changed.

Instead of standing up to this threat, government officials seem desperate to avoid giving offense:
Some in Britain cannot conceive that a suicide bomber could be a hero of Islam. Since 7/7 many have made statements to attempt to explain what seems to them a contradiction in terms. Since the violence cannot be denied, their only course is to argue that the connection with Islam is invalid. The deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Brian Paddick, said that ‘Islam and terrorists are two words that do not go together.’ His boss, the Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, asserted that there is nothing wrong with being a fundamentalist Muslim.
Contrast the above with the assertions of the UK's Muslim community itself:
On 8 July the London-based Muslim Weekly unblushingly published a lengthy opinion article by Abid Ullah Jan entitled ‘Islam, Faith and Power’. The gist of the article is that Muslims should strive to gain political and military power over non-Muslims, that warfare is obligatory for all Muslims, and that the Islamic state, Islam and Sharia (Islamic law) should be established throughout the world. All is supported with quotations from the Koran. It concludes with a veiled threat to Britain. The bombings the previous day were a perfect illustration of what Jan was advocating, and the editor evidently felt no need to withdraw the article or to apologise for it. His newspaper is widely read and distributed across the UK.
In my opinion, such blindness (willful or not) on the part of government officials and other opinion leaders virtually guarantees that Muslim culture will dominate the UK within our lifetime.

NOTE: The larger context of Sookhdeo's article is a dismantling of the notion continually advanced by Muslim apologists that Islam is a "religion of peace". According to him, that description adequately described the religion for only the first dozen or so years of its existence. Since then it has been, whenever possible, a religion of war.


Scott said...

There is no question that Islamic fundamentalism is often tied, quite closely, to the advocacy of violence. As undeniably, Christian fundamentalism is often tied closely to the advocacy of violence. Christians are not a threat to good and decent people. Muslims are not a threat to good and decent people. Fundamentalism is a threat to good and decent people.
Fundamentalism almost without exception leads people first to a more strident, more disciplined, adherence to literal translations of doctrine and then to a seperation, based on levels of adherence, of people and societies from one another. Refusing to tie any particular religion to acts of murder is not just jittery PC nonsense. It's common sense.
The KKK considers itself a Christian organization. Much like the Koran, perhaps moreso, the Bible is strewn with verse that can appear to support the violent overthrow and destruction of any person or party who leads individuals away, not just from the true principles of the faith, but from very specific doctrine. No one would consider it reasonable to have asserted, following murderous acts by KKK members, that we really must wake up and realise how much of a threat Christianity, and Christians, pose to the ideals and institutions of American society.
Characterizing the spread of Muslim tradition or influence which comes with an influx of Muslims into a free society as a threat to be first eyed nervously and, as I'm assuming Sookhdeo is advocating, eventually mitigated through force of law is actually a fine example of the ignorance and political correctness, in this case conservative, which Sookhdeo is deriding in his article.
His insistance that it is naive to consider Islam a religion of peace again loses site of the fact that, when partnered with fundamentlism, no religion can be a religion of peace. Before rushing to raise the war cry in response to the inclusion of muslim tradition and customs in local western governments, allowing for choice in food, education, and faith, we'd be wise to consider that as Carl Rove, a supreme power broker, roams the halls of the most powerful institution in the world he's whistling the melody of "onward Christian soldiers".

Tim said...

The KKK is pretty much universally condemned by everyone who's anyone in Christianity, even among fundamentalists.

Where are the prominent voices of condemnation within Islam?