George R in the comments has come up with another good link which raises probably one of the most important questions this country, and many others like it, must answer….first of all of course the media and the politicians have to find some courage and ask that question.
Here is the issue that begs the question as admitted by a Muslim, Alibhai Brown:
‘It’s more or less over for progressive, liberal Islam. Many of us who’ve tried to keep alive the thoughtful, humane, cultured beliefs and practices of our parents and enlightened scholars can barely breathe or speak after the last wretched week when benighted mobs raved and killed across Muslim countries – some of them newly free and supposedly democratic.
Once, we could say with some certainty that Islamicist fanatics, thugs, killers and mind-benders represented a minority and that most Muslims, quiet and sane were unseen and unheard. Today, I fear it is the opposite.’
You can dispute the proposition that there was ever a progressive, liberal Islam as that is certainly not the philosophy preached by the Koran itself.
What isn’t in dispute, and even now we have a ‘renowned’ liberal/progressive, Ali Yasmin Alibhai-Brown coming round to recognising the fact, is that at heart Islam is a violent, intolerant and oppressive ideology….it is not just a few criminals, madmen or ‘perverters of Islam’ who adopt such violence in the name of Islam.
Islam is an ideology that should not be graced with the term ‘religion’ as it is far from spiritual in its raw, natural state.
That aside when liberal progressives themselves start to believe what was denounced previously as the stuff of ‘right wing extremists’, Nazis and Melanie Phillips you have to ask what is to be done with Islam in Western secular countires where it has been steadily growing and a huge influx of immigrants have been further expanding the ghettos of western cities.
If, as Alibhai Brown suggests, that it is in fact a majoriy of Muslims who are fundamentalist, extremist or fanatical when the occasion arises, there needs to be an honest and open debate about the effects of having a large community of people who follow such an ideology settling in ever larger groups, refusing to integrate and pushing for laws that outlaw common Western, secular or non-Muslim practises which are deemed offensive to Islam.
How do you deal with an ideology that is essentailly colonising your country and ‘conquering’ it by stealth?
The ‘moderate’ and highly respected Islamic scholar Yusuf al Qaradawi, has openly stated what must be the wishes of a majority of Muslims:
‘Must the conquest of Europe be necessarily through war? No….There is such a thing as a peaceful conquest. The peaceful conquest has foundations in this religion and I therefore expect that Islam will conquer Europe without resorting to the sword or fighting.
It will do so by means of Da’wa (preaching) and ideology.
Muslims must start acting in order to conquer this world.’
The same al Qaradawi who is now demanding “demonstrations of Islamic rage” in response to the video.
The Arab Spring ‘protestors’ state that what allowed them to get the courage to stand up and be counted was that they were suddenly ‘no longer afraid’ of what the State would do to them.
I suggest the likes of the BBC and the craven politicians also cast aside their fear of Muslim violence and stand up for the rights and values that took 2000 years to develop and which were often only won with the blood of men and women who, had they been looking on at the appeasement of the last few years, would have wondered if their own sacrifices had all been worth it when they are so easily cast aside and the country cast back into the dark ages of religious intolerance and bigotry.
The BBC will of course choke on that as it references two of its unbreachable shibboleths…that of immigration and ‘respect’ for Islam.