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Since the 7/7 bombings, several academics have told us that this zombie psychosis is induced by one or any combination of the following: relative deprivation, alienation, feelings of humiliation, racism, mental illness and especially foreign policy. Glossy academic papers with footnotes and appendices seem to have concluded that Islamist terrorism is the only form of terrorism that has little to do with ideology.

Blaming “radical religious ideology” does “not stand up to scholarly scrutiny” asserts the poster boy for this assessment, Arun Kundnani, a British-born professor of terrorism and media studies in New York. “A growing body of academic work holds this position to be fundamentally flawed.”

No-one claims that ideology alone drives people to violence. But Kundnani seems to want to erase it altogether. He has been described by a government adviser as an “imbecile” who writes “intellectually lazy, retarded, tribal anti-establishment nonsense” and by the Times columnist David Aaronovitch as an “idiot”. Perhaps they have a point. Even Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged during the election campaign there was such a thing as “extremist ideology”.

What of Kundnani’s solution to violent extremism? He thinks non-violent extremists should have more of a platform: “Rather than a broad policy that seeks to criminalise or restrict extremist opinions . . . the best way of preventing terrorist violence is to widen the range of opinions that can be freely expressed, not restrict it.”

One reason for the UK armed forces having only half the number of Muslims as British jihadists who went to fight in Iraq and Syria, or were stopped from going there, is because extremists like Omar Bakri, Anjem Choudhary and some Muslim Brotherhood activists could preach whatever they wanted to here for over a decade.

Today, the “wide range of opinions” that Professor Kundnani wants to be “freely expressed” are espoused by a broad coalition of Salafi-Islamist organisations who do not incite violence. Indeed, some have expressed abhorrence at the recent attacks. They have, however, given a platform to and promoted preachers who are on record as having expressed non-violent but extreme views. Here’s a sample from nine preachers hosted by seven of Britain’s most influential Salafist-Islamist organisations:

On woman (“the nature of the woman is to follow her husband”); gay rights (a “disease”); Jews (“prophet killers”); human rights (“direct opposition to what Allah has revealed”); progressive Muslims (“brown sahibs . . . they’re regressive”); Sharia (“Allah commanded us to make his law superior to any other law”); citizenship (“your primary nation is the nation of Islam”); conspiracy theories (“attacks in the western world? . . . our enemies love it . . . an excuse to attack Islam”); Islamic punishments (“they’re a huge deterrent”); blasphemy (“anyone who insults the Prophet in a way which is extremely derogatory, the penalty is death”); Israel (“I truly respect, those brothers who are resistance fighters making jihad”); helping the police (“a Muslim is a brother to another Muslim . . . he does not hand him over to be imprisoned by anyone”).
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amcdonald
July 30th, 2017
4:07 PM
Islam is a bent version of the Bible. The Koran promotes a bent version of Christ. And yet no Christians challenge and correct the bent Islamic picture of Christ. Tories and Labourites can`t `speak truth to power` on this. Richard Dawkins is right but not so precise. It couldn`t be easier for all muslims,christians and atheists to watch artist Akiane Kramarik`s short filn ` Painting the Impossible ` (YouTube). It`s a work of art in itself not only about one. You want an alternative narrative and interfaith dialogue ? Well let`s see this film in churches ,mosques, synagogues,temples and Tate Mpderns. The BBC is just too thick to show and discuss it. Nor would it show artist Stella Vine`s `Evangeline` pictures. The cultural provincialism of our religious,political and cultural leaders is not shared by the people. Which is one reason 17 million voted for Brexit.Freedom Day.

amcdonald
July 15th, 2017
5:07 PM
British Values ? £10 per hour minimum wage? Grants not loans for students? All those others listed in the Labour Manifesto ? Tory values are symbolised by the atrocity exhibition that is now Grenfell Towers.

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