Following the Breivik atrocity, the ‘counterjihad’ blogosphere had a certain amount of shuffled feet and shifty glances. One common refrain is that there is a fire of condemnation heard about the grisly acts from groups who were in the process of excusing it when it appeared to be a Jihad atrocity. That’s true, but it’s a truth that cuts both ways. Another line is that Breivik can’t be inspired by a given person because he also cites a large list of other figures including Churchill, Ghandi etc. Well, I know bad faith and casuistry when I see it. One cannot insist that various jihadist should be taken at face value when they say their religion is their inspiration and then demand that Brevik be taken at something other than his face value.
Men in blouses behaving badly? Who would have thought such a thing? Take a look at these wankers.
A debate on Islam in Amsterdam with the Canadian Irshad Manji, author of the book ‘The Islamic Dilemma’, and the parliamentarians of the Green Left Party Tofik Dibi, was disrupted on Wednesday evening by a group of radical Muslims.
The Islamists threatened and spat at Manji. Tofik Dibi accompanied Ms Manji to the police station where she filled a report. He said that “the failure of the debate shows that it is necessary also in the Netherlands to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.”
Finally, the police were called to remove the protesters. A police spokesman said later that two of the 22 men involved were arrested, one for threats and another for insulting the police.
This is a cross-post by Lucy Lips from Harry’s Place
Raed Salah has lost his ill conceived attempt to prevent his deportation from the United Kingdom. Despite being the subject of a banning order, you will remember that the hate preacher was accidentally admitted to the United Kingdom.
He has had his fun. It is now time for him to sling his hook.
This is what the court found:
We are satisfied that the appellant has engaged in the unacceptable behaviour of fostering hatred which might lead to intercommunity violence in the UK.
“We are satisfied that the appellant’s words and actions tend to be inflammatory, divisive, insulting and likely to foment tension and radicalism.
On reading of the events in Norway, my first thoughts were, as I am sure they were of many of my readers, what has Norway done to inflame such hatred against itself? What are the root causes? How should the Labour party adjust its policies to prevent such a thing happening again? We must, of course, hope that tolerance prevails and not prefer vengeance to justice.
Okay, that was slightly harder to type than I expected. Lest anyone think I am being flippant about this disgusting atrocity (I refuse to use the word tragedy, which carries connotations of either self caused or non caused), let me point out that the above drivel has been mobilized following every atrocity by the Islamic ultra right for the last ten years. It was heard last weekend too, when Islamic fascists initially claimed responsibility for the horrifying events on that Norwegian island and in Oslo.
This is a cross-post of Adam Barnett’s (‘One Law for All’) response to Robert Spencer’s statement on the report
Following the publication of ‘Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right’, our new report which investigates his and similar organisations, Stop Islamization of America director Robert Spencer has invited One Law for All to ‘substantiate [our] charges, or withdraw them and issue a public apology.’ One could simply recommend that Mr. Spencer read our report. Indeed, in his ‘rebuttal’, he writes as if he has answered all of these charges before. It’s therefore strange that he felt the need to reply to them at ‘11:53pm’ on a Sunday night, and to attempt to smear his critics as ‘racist anti-Semites’ and ‘supporters of Jihad’. One could be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Spencer hoped to prevent people from reading the report for themselves.
Hours before Anders B Breivik, dressed in police uniform, prowled Utoeya, calmly massacring teenagers, he posted a 1,500-word “manifesto” online which he titled a European declaration of independence. In amongst the anti-Muslim screed, of which it is redolent, is this appalling insight into his murderous plan:
I’m pretty sure I will pray to God as I’m rushing through my city, guns blazing, with 100 armed system protectors pursuing me with the intention to stop and/or kill. I know there is a 80%+ chance I am going to die during the operation as I have no intention to surrender to them until I have completed all three primary objectives AND the bonus mission. When I initiate (providing I haven’t been apprehended before then), there is a 70% chance that I will complete the first objective, 40% for the second, 20% for the third and less than 5% chance that I will be able to complete the bonus mission. It is likely that I will pray to God for strength at one point during that operation, as I think most people in that situation would….If praying will act as an additional mental boost/soothing it is the pragmatical thing to do. I guess I will find out… If there is a God I will be allowed to enter heaven as all other martyrs for the Church in the past.
David Cameron’s recent multiculturalism speech told us nothing new: that he thinks non-violent extremism leads to terrorism, that state-sponsored multiculturalism has failed – especially for those it was designed to help – and that liberal values should be more aggressively pursued.
Far from being a sop to the English Defence League, this speech was ultimately about the future of Prevent: that the government will stop working with, and giving money to, organizations that are ‘non-violent extremists’ in the hope that they might help us beat the ‘violent extremists’. As a think-tank, Demos has been associated with that position, through a 2005 pamphlet – hence this blog.
Our position has since changed subtly since to a more muscular liberal one. I agree entirely that the government – and the rest of us – should be more aggressive in promoting the best set of values anyone anywhere has yet come up with: democracy, liberty, freedom, justice, tolerance. I’ve argued that wherever I’ve been, including last night on the Islam Channel where I defended the speech.
I’m really pleased to report that it seems that today has passed off peacefully. The people of Luton have rejected the provocation of the EDL.
One of the main reasons for this was the great work done in the Muslim community to keep their youth off the streets. Hundreds of stewards and dozens of mediation teams were out to reduce tensions and refute the rumours that were circulating. Community elders stood hand in hand to calm youngsters down and encourage people not to rise to the EDL’s bait.