The ugly face of British Ethnocentrism and sectarian bias

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SHAFAQNA – In yet another self-professed attempt to combat radicalization, and foster multi-culturalism in Britain, yet another survey on British Muslims’ attitude was published by Channel 4. Attitudes towards what exactly no one seems to really know … all we are being told though is that Muslims are inherently and absolutely incompatible with the West, because their values stand in negation of that of Western society.

PM David Cameron implied it when he alluded to Muslim women’s “submissiveness”, former PM Tony Blair further highlighted it when he claimed that Islam and the West simply cannot occupy the same space, and now Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and arch-advocate of multiculturalism just announced that Muslims are but a nefarious influence which needs eradicating!

If you were still under the impression that Britain rhymes with tolerance, such Trumpesque outbursts of ethnic nihilism should evaporate whatever hope you still harboured. If the UK has not reached America’s psychosis in terms of its fundamental fear of Islam, we are well on our way to catch the crazy train.

“British Muslims are becoming a nation within a nation, warned Phillips, before he added: we are “in danger of sacrificing a generation of young British people to values that are antithetical to the beliefs of most of us, including many Muslims”.

What does he offer by way of a solution? Well ostracization, name-calling, and a good dose of prejudice of course!

Mr Phillips, the former guardian of all things multi-culturalism is calling for a new, tougher approach to integration and the abandonment of “the failed policy of multiculturalism” … what does it mean on the ground is anybody’s guess, but I’m pretty certain it implies the criminalization of all Muslims at face value.

The survey made “one truly terrifying” conclusion that “Muslims who have separatist views about how they want to live in Britain are far more likely to support terrorism than those who do not”, emphasized Mr Phillips, who ran the EHRC until 2012 and was previously in charge of the Commission for Racial Equality.

The proverbial Muslim dissident, the vindictive Islamist radical who seeks to smite Wester democracy for its apostasy upsets his sense of moral righteousness. Really?! We are still playing into those old prejudices. Aren’t officials tired of playing into the same bigotry while dressing their bias in a veneer of democratic sanctity?

There is no clash of civilization … Islam is not a foreign entity which suddenly sprout out to defy Western order! Islam has been around for over a millennium, and Muslim communities have thrived in all four corners of the globe for just as long. Many Muslims would actually argue that their faith is as old as the world itself since it speaks of submission to the Word, and all who carried it. From when Adam first asked for forgiveness to the Prophet Muhammad’s calls to purification, Islam has always been the expression of God’s Will. It is men’s desire to own God which has led to fragmentation – the handmaiden of sectarianism.

So, if truly Islam was that dangerous, and that focused on destroying all other faiths, and communities I imagine the Middle East, its homestead, would have long bathed in a sea of blood. Interestingly it did not. You know why it didn’t? Because Islam is not the problem – not by a mile. Don’t argue back to me that the ME is in fact in the throes of war. I know … I’ve noticed! But those wars came courtesy of Western governments and one very Wahhabist Saudi Arabia. Those wars I’d like to point out, are directed at Muslims. A little counter-productive I would say … why would Muslims target Muslims if their sworn enemy is the West?

So what gives? What is this enemy hiding in our midst?

Wahhabism! It is Wahhabism the West, East, South and North should truly fear, abhor and reject, for it is Wahhabism which wants their head … all of our head for that matter.

Here is what the ICM survey for Channel 4 allegedly established from asking 1000 Muslims a series of questions.

  • One in 25 Muslims (four per cent) said they felt at least some sympathy with people who took part in suicide bombings, while a similar proportion said they had some sympathy with “people who commit terrorist actions as a form of political protest”.
  • A quarter – 25 per cent – said they could understand why British school girls could be attracted to become “jihadi brides” overseas.
  • Less than half (47 per cent) agreed that Muslims should do more to tackle the causes of extremism in the Muslim community.
  • 52 per cent believed homosexuality should not be legal in Britain, 39 per cent agreed “wives should always obey their husbands”, and 31 per cent said it was acceptable for a man to have more than one wife.

While I understand the appeal such a survey represents in terms of fancy headlines … Those Muslims are just too deliciously devilish for Western society not to feel righteously angered by such otherness … Those ignorant barbarians who worship violence … That’s the line everyone is following right?

 

Hypocrisy I say.

 

Let me tell you why. We are faced today with a radicalization problem because Western officials courted the billions of dollars Saudi Arabia offered them in exchange for their silence and collaboration. If you are looking for a Trojan Horse look no further than Saudi Arabia and its grand Wahhabi clergy.

 

Ask yourself this: Who is financing those Mosques where hate preachers have been calling for the death of all Westerners? Who has taught those preachers and trained them into the art of brainwashing? Who is financing those Islamic schools, and Islamic organizations your officials today say had a hand in radicalizing Britain’s youth?

Terror did not just appear, it was engineered and planned.

 

You want to get angry? Get angry at your officials for allowing such a nefarious takeover of Society. Blame not Islam, and certainly not Britain’s ethnic makeup. Is Islam an ethnicity? Are Muslims necessarily Asians or Middle Eastern? Are we seriously that ridiculously clueless?

 

Mr Phillips, who analysed the poll findings for Channel 4, called for new approaches including limiting the presence of any ethnic minority group in schools to no more than 50 per cent.

The ethnic composition of housing estates should be monitored to prevent them becoming “ghetto villages”, he added.

Again I don’t think that Mr Phillips understands religion. Faith is not dependent on ethnicity, nor is it of race, political affiliation, and or social status. Religion is a belief system, a covenant with God which is fluid in its essence and cares little for labels.

What Mr Phillips is really alluding to is Whiteness, ethnocentrism, and blatant racism.

What Mr Phillips is really telling you is that “foreigners” are undesirables, that all “others” are dangerous, and should be treated as such by Society.

Political parties should no longer turn a “blind eye to appalling misdemeanours in return for votes from community leaders – so-called silence for-votes deals which created havoc in Rotherham and Rochdale and contributed to the grooming scandals in those towns”, suggested Mr Phillips.

He told the Daily Mail: “We have ‘understood’ too much, and challenged too little – and in doing so are in danger of sacrificing a generation of young British people to values that are antithetical to the beliefs of most of us, including many Muslims.

“In my view, we have to adopt a far more muscular approach to integration than ever, replacing the failed policy of multiculturalism.”

How do you answer ignorance and bigotry? Do you laugh it off? Do you ignore it?

I can only speak for myself here, but I can tell you that I am not amused …. Not one bit! Not when fascist tendencies are becoming eerily genocidal.

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

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