25 January 2015

Lady Warsi launches bitter assault on coalition strategy towards Muslims

Lady Warsi has delivered a blistering critique of the government’s approach towards Britain’s Muslims, warning that failure to engage properly with communities across the UK has created a climate of suspicion and undermined the fight against extremism.

In her first major intervention on the relationship between Muslims and the rest of society since she resigned from the cabinet five months ago, Warsi says the coalition’s policy of non-engagement has caused deep unease and resentment towards the government.

.... She says: “The reality is if you haven’t cultivated a friendship, if you haven’t fostered trust, then a letter out of the blue to a mosque… with whom government has refused to engage creates a climate where even the most benign of correspondence can become toxic.” [3094 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 1358 votes] Might be a better idea to encourage the Muslim community to engage with the rest of Britain.

[2ND 916] "The onus on integration of immigrants into the UK should most definitely be on the incoming people"

That would help. But I would bet that most Muslims in the UK were born here as British citizens. And that is worrying. They choose alienation by religion and culture instead of enjoying the benefits of integration. And it is from within that group of British born Muslims that violent Islamism is emanating.

[3RD 856] In an Islamic state, Baroness Warsi would be flogged for her audacity

[4TH 825] It is maddening that the Muslim voices that the media allows us to hear are invariably those who view everything through a filter of victimhood.

Could we please hear from some liberal Muslims who wish to see a reformation in their religion, who wish to improve integration, who believe that it is possible to be both a proud Muslim and and a Briton simultaneously, who wish to see an end to horrific notions of 'apostasy', who wish to see gender equality and an end to homophobia?

[5TH 707] I like her in the conservative party. She's a great embarrassment to them.

[446] Perhaps if they integrated more, there would be less of a problem?

[424] And what does she mean by "engage"? Roll over and sell out all we value about our culture and democracy in order to appease fanatics who chose to live here and would impose their values on us? No thank you. It should have been like it or lump it from the start, in no uncertain language, if Muslims want the benefits of living in the UK they can adapt or live where there is a Muslim state. [The Guardian] Read more

24 January 2015

Charlie 'survivors issue' sells more than 7 million

Circulation of the "survivors'" issue of Charlie Hebdo, published after a deadly attack on the French satirical weekly's Paris office, is set to top seven million, more than a hundred times its normal circulation, the distributor said Friday.

A total of 6.3 million copies were for France alone, amid an outpouring of grief and anger over the attack by two Islamist gunmen this month which left 12 people dead, including some of Charlie Hebdo's top cartoonists. Five more people were killed in related attacks by a separate gunman.

Another 700,000 copies have been sent to overseas markets, the distributor Messageries lyonnaises de presse (MLP) said. The edition dubbed the "survivors' issue" was published on January 14, a week after the attack. Before then an average circulation for the controversial weekly, which lampoons everyone from the president to the pope, was 60,000. [The Local] Read more

Radical Islam poses a real, direct threat to the West — including Canada

.... The underlying problem has almost nothing to do directly with the West: Muslim countries have failed at self-government almost everywhere, and have had very little success in developing civic values. This is one of the many reasons why both George W. Bush’s crusade for democracy and Barack Obama’s Cairo speech exalting Arab history were nonsense.

The democratic choice of Muslim Arab electors is apt to be the anti-democratic, Islamist party, as with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and, until the army intervened in its constitutional role as conservator of democracy, Algeria. (The Algerian army stopped the free election of an anti-democratic party to preserve democracy, in 1992.)

The comparative success of the West gnaws at Muslim sensibilities, and the poor living conditions of many Muslim immigrants in the West aggravate their unhappiness. [National Post] Read more

23 January 2015

Private Islamic University in Rotterdam under special supervision

The private Islamic University Rotterdam has been placed under special supervision by education ministry inspectors and the quality of its courses is under investigation, news agency ANP says on Friday.

This includes a review of the way in which the university’s vision on ‘citizenship and social integration’ is put into practice, education minister Jet Bussemaker said in answer to MPs questions. Potential foreign funding is also being looked into. If the research shows a need for intervention, Bussemaker said she would ‘not hesitate to take that step’.

In addition, the university’s rector has been spoken to about ‘potentially anti-western and undemocratic’ comments by its rector Ahmet Akgündüz, Bussemaker said. [DutchNews] Read more

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon

Rebecca Evans, deputy minister for farming and food told the BVA the Welsh Government was “in dialogue with a private company regarding job creation at an abattoir in Caernarfon”.

The abbatoir in Caernarfon is owned by halal meat specialists Pak Mecca Meats, which supplies meat from non-stun animals. [meatinfo.co.uk] Read more

22 January 2015

Looking Away from Europe’s Muslim Problem

.... While some of the banlieues of Paris and other big cities are relatively cut off from their metropolises, as were the townships of South Africa, it would be an exaggeration to call them no-go areas—even if that is what some of the criminal youth would like them to be, so that they can get on with their domination and trafficking with more impunity than they already enjoy.

Schools and other state or public institutions remain in these areas. The police and the fire brigade may sometimes be stoned by the grateful recipients of their services, but they are not totally absent. They are therefore not extra-territorial in the most literal sense. Other European countries—Belgium and Sweden, for example—have not dissimilar problems. [City Journal] Read more

Only institutions wishing to promote faith-based identity politics could object to Pickles’ letter

.... the minute that our mosques are asked for support, the apologia brigade swings into action to complain that Muslims are being isolated or targeted to apologise for the terrorist acts of a few. Surely, they must realise that, at times like these, we need solidarity and not apologia if we are going to combat this cancer within our society?

It is only unreasonable people and institutions that wish to promote their own version of faith-based identity politics that would have an issue with this letter.

It is clear that Pickles wrote these letters to offer support and a credible strategy for mosques to deal with the problem of extremists who would wish to take advantage of their institutions.

Moreover, what with the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the knock-on effect that law enforcement agencies are under increased pressure to maintain security, we must, as a community and society, ensure that more energy should be focused on undermining the ideology which extremists promote to create this division within our societies.

This letter, although long overdue, is a start. [Left Foot Forward] Read more

How the legal punishments handed out in Saudi Arabia compare to those of Isis

For many, the Saudi justice system sounds not unlike that of Isis, the extremist Islamist group also known as Islamic State, which has struck fear in much of the Middle East.

This week, Middle East Eye, a website that focuses on news from the region and is frequently critical of Saudi Arabia, contrasted a set of legal punishments recently announced by Isis with the corresponding punishments in Saudi Arabia. [The Independent] Read more

Isis publishes penal code listing amputation, crucifixion and stoning as punishments - and vows to vigilantly enforce it

Isis has published a penal code listing crimes punishable by amputation, stoning and crucifixion, along with a chilling vow to ensure the code is vigilantly enforced in areas under its control.

The document, entitled: "Clarification [regarding] the hudud ( a set of fixed punishments), was published by the militant group as a reminder and warning to those living under its rule in Syria and Iraq, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

The document’s release was followed by an unprecedented spate of violent executions that saw a woman accused of adultery stoned to death, 17 men crucified and two men accused of homosexual acts thrown off a building within 48 hours of each other. [The Independent] Read more

Egyptian President Sisi: Muslims Need To Reform Their Religious Discourse

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said Thursday that Muslims need to adapt their religious discourse to the present and eliminate elements of their rhetoric that could foster violence.

“Islam is a tolerant religion, but this wasn’t always clear to the rest of the world during the last 20 or 30 years,” Sisi said during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The terrible terrorist attacks and this terrible image of Muslims led us to think that we must stop and think and change the religious discourse and remove from it things that have led to violence and extremism.”

The Egyptian leader's comments likely referred in part to Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French newspaper whose Paris offices were recently attacked by Islamist extremists, though Sisi did not specifically mention the terrorist attack. [The Huffington Post] Read more

The mutating terror threat: what do the Charlie Hebdo attacks mean for Britain?

.... In both cases previously mentioned, in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, religious groups or leaders played a role but the source of persecution was the state. Indeed, it is principally Muslim states that heat the febrile international climate surrounding Islamic attitudes towards apostasy.

This is why they have tried to introduce legislation to censure and stifle all forms of debate regarding Islam. Even though those attempts have failed, at home they routinely crush satirists, reformers, dissenters­ and apostates.

So, it comes as little surprise that satirical depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have repeatedly occasioned global convulsions of splenetic fury. In such an atmosphere, who from within the Muslim world could legitimately tell terrorists not to kill the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo? [New Statesman] Read more

21 January 2015

Former Miss Turkey, 26, facing trial after being arrested for posting satirical poem that criticised the country's president

A former Miss Turkey is facing trial for posting a satirical poem on social media that criticised her country's president.

The arrest of Merve Buyuksarac, 26, follows a crackdown in the country on critical media in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.

Armed Turkish police last week stopped delivery lorries leaving a newspaper's offices to make sure that they had not included section of the French satirical magazine that might be offensive to Muslims.

Although officially Turkey is secular, 99.8 per cent of the population are registered as Muslim and there has been heated debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the Paris massacres. [Daily Mail] Read more

Muslim scholars urge UN to outlaw 'contempt' of religions

A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make "contempt of religions" illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but "not to resort to any violence".

The latest cartoon of the prophet in Charlie Hebdo has angered many Muslims and triggered protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. [Daily Mail - AFP] Read more

20 January 2015

Dear Eric Pickles – why single out Islam for this patronising treatment?

You question our loyalty for no reason other than our spiritual beliefs. Will you ever sit down with the diverse peoples who make up Britain and really listen to us?

Serious question. Will you be sending a letter any time soon to members of the Roman Catholic church following the child-abuse scandals in Catholic institutions? Or a letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews on the subject of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank? No? Thought as much.

.... You are communities secretary. You have a duty of care to the diverse peoples who make up Britain and define British values. Sadly, it seems the only time you engage with us is under the rubric of counter-terrorism. [2879 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 1467 votes] "why single out Islam "

That should be pretty obvious!

[2ND 1188] "Do you really think that little of our young people? That they can’t tell the difference between right and wrong?"

.... there is .... a problem when hundreds of your young people go out to fight for an organisation which carries out such dreadful crimes against humanity as ISIS. I suggest you are in denial of this.

[3RD 885] "We already know that 83% of Muslims living in the UK say they identify with British values"

OK and how many of that 83% thought that a publication in the UK (consistent with British values of a free press and freedom of speech) should be permitted to print an image of the prophet?

That's the problem. Its all very well claiming to identify with British values but its meaningless if its a cherry picked interpretation and one that is subordinate to an identification with religious values.

[4TH 871] .... The pattern of violence and aggressive disregard for human suffering that is persistent in Muslim history and contemporary attitude toward non-believers reflects the message of the Quran, which is one of personal superiority and arrogance.

.... There is simply no other religion on earth that draws such sharp distinction between its own members and others, or devotes as much time of its holist text toward condemning and dehumanizing those who merely choose not to follow its dogma.

[6TH 853] Well, it wasn't Buddhist extremists that attacked Charlie Hebdo.

[10TH 601] "Dear Eric Pickles – why single out Islam for this patronising treatment?"

Yeah, what about all those mormons running around shooting cartoonists?

[11TH 563] The catholic church has admitted its culpability in turning a blind eye to that abuse, no such admission from Islam for turning a blind eye to radicals amongst them.

What Israel does is condemned by all political parties and across all faiths including Jews.

Yet we see daily pictures of moslems celebrating extremism in their midsts and the atrocities carried out in the name of their religion. [Guardian Cif] Read more

ISIS executing 'educated women' in new wave of horror, says U.N.

The United Nations on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.

The jihadist group is showing a “monstrous disregard for human life” in the areas it controls in Iraq, the U.N. human rights office said.

The group, which controls large swathes of territory in Iraq and in neighbouring war-ravaged Syria, last week published pictures of the “crucifixions” of two men accused of being bandits, and of a woman being stoned to death, allegedly for adultery. [Al Arabiya - AFP] Read more

Federal minister accuses Saudi govt of destabilising Muslim world

Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada has accused the Saudi government of creating instability across the Muslim world, including Pakistan, through distribution of money for promoting its ideology.

Addressing a two-day 'Ideas Conclave' organised by the "Jinnah Institute" think tank in Islamabad, the federal minister said 'the time has come to stop the influx of Saudi money into Pakistan'. [Dawn.com] Read more

19 January 2015

The readers’ editor on… the Guardian’s values and Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of Muhammad

I am aware that many Muslims, some of them friends and colleagues, will have been offended by the Guardian’s use of that image, and I am sorry for that. However, I believe the countervailing argument is that on this occasion the image of the cover had an important and legitimate news value.

Showing the magazine’s response in the wake of the deaths was an important part of telling the story, and the Guardian did so in a measured, restrained fashion. It has to feel free to tell it in its own way. [1050 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 710 votes] "I am aware that many Muslims, some of them friends and colleagues, will have been offended by the Guardian’s use of that image, and I am sorry for that."

You shouldn't be.

[SECOND 510] "There were also articles that sought to separate the actions of terrorists from the deep offence felt by many Muslims at the depiction of images of Muhammad."

But none did it successfully. The central point is, being 'offended' when seeing a cartoon is profoundly absurd – it's condescending to reform-minded Muslims as well as the secular majority to say 'well WE all understand that this is just a cartoon, but you can't expect everyone to understand'. Why not?

Charlie Hebdo sought to highlight this absurdity and paid the price for it. The Guardian, by paying lip service to these preposterous 'sensitivities', just continues this strange status quo where the absurd is to be 'respected'

[THIRD 431] "The Guardian used a thumbnail picture of the cover with a warning that some readers might find the image offensive. There were also technical issues to overcome to ensure that the image stayed as a thumbnail across all platforms."

Who needs satire when reality is this absurd?

[FOURTH 358] I think, overall, the Guardian struck the wrong balance, and that nearly everyone will be in agreement that by refusing to do more than sneak a tiny image of the commemorative Charlie Hebdo cover into one article, you have bowed to the demands of terrorists.

However, that's small potatoes when compared to the hundreds (probably literally) of subsequent articles drumming home the message that Islam is the real victim. I don't think I have ever seen as many Guardian readers so diametrically opposed to the paper's editorial policy, and I have to say that I'm not surprised, because if you genuinely believe that Islam is the victim in all of this then you're hopelessly out of touch not only with the prevailing public mood, but also with the very values the Guardian is supposed to promote.

The UK's leading liberal voice, bending over backwards to accommodate the sensitivities of a religion (the Guardian - bending over backwards for a religion!) which hates gays, hates Jews, subjugates women and places arbitrary limits on free expression - I never thought I'd see the day.

[FIFTH 344] "He said he certainly didn’t agree that it was necessary to show solidarity by republishing the offensive cartoons."

So Rusbridger has now classified them as "offensive?" Mmmmmm.

[SIXTH 307] Admit it- you are afraid (I would be too). Stop pussyfooting around with ridiculous excuses.

[SEVENTH 293] Since The Guardian has acquiesced to the demands re images of the prophet, stay tuned for further demands ongoing.

[EIGHTH 292] Had Charlie Hebdo been published in the UK the Guardian would have led the charge in denouncing it as racist.

It's doubtful there is a mainstream cultural platform in the English speaking world, which features so many calls for so many diverse things to be banned, enforced or curtailed, as does the Guardian. Due to its establishment influence far too much of this subsequently makes its way into legislation.

This, and indeed the entire history of the left, renders all the trumpeting about free expression somewhat risible.

[NINTH 269] You got the call wrong, the hundreds if not thousands of comments on CIF backed the call to publish the cartoons, after all they are only cartoons. The cartoons were the excuse for the act of terrorism and so were highly newsworthy. The readers should have been allowed to see the cartoons to try and understand the mindset of the perpetrators of the killings.

We should be challenging the Muslim community as to why they find images of Mohammed so offensive, or why they find any criticism of the implementation of their religion out of bounds.

[TENTH 254] On the face of it, a reasonable piece. However, what it does not do is address the particularly pervasive notion that while it is okay to insult and belittle through cartoons and literature innumerable objects of derision (deserved or otherwise), the sensitivities of muslims are somehow more deserving of respect than the sensitivities of any other group.

I have no issue with muslims being deeply offended by images of their prophet but that does not give them special rights - there are many people who are deeply offended by all sorts of things and they have no special rights either. It is ironic that by treating muslims a special interest group of particular sanctity the Graun indirectly fuels the the likes of UKIP who gain leverage by claiming that ordinary white working class people are being oppressed and marginalised by a lefty, eltiist establishment.

[ELEVENTH 250] There was nothing offensive about that picture whatsoever.

A supposedly free press should not make such an abject, grovelling apology to religious fanatics for simply reporting the news.

[TWELTH 228] So basically, the Guardian wants to surf on the back of Charlie Hebdo's fight for freedom of speech but doesn't actually want to put its head above the parapet and invite jihadis with AK's into their offices? [Guardian Cif] Read more

UK plea to imams to fight extremism draws charge of Islamophobia

Muslim groups accused the British government of copying the language of the far right on Monday and of stoking Islamophobia after ministers wrote to imams asking them to explain to Muslims how Islam is compatible with being British.

In a letter to over 1,000 imams last Friday, Eric Pickles, the minister for local government and communities, asked them to explain to Muslims how Islam can be "part of British identity", arguing they had a duty to do more to fight extremism and root out anyone preaching hatred.

Muslim groups said the letter unfairly singled them out.

"The letter has all the hallmarks of very poor judgment which feeds into an Islamophobic narrative, which feeds into a narrative of us and them," Tahla Ahmad of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) told Sky News. [Reuters] Read more

Aldi withdraws soap brand 'insulting to Muslims'

With Europe facing terror alerts and Germany in the grip of anti-Islam protests, the supermarket chain Aldi has found itself in the middle of controversy over liquid soap bottles that depicted a mosque.

The German discount chain Aldi Süd has withdrawn its own-brand Ombia 1,001 Nights liquid soap from sale after complaints that its packaging was insulting to Muslims – only to face new complaints from non-Muslim customers demanding it be reinstated.

The packaging, which Aldi said was intended to evoke the exotic Orient, depicted a Turkish-style mosque with dome and minarets, together with a lantern and a set of prayer beads.

The row began when Muslim customers posted complaints about the design on Aldi's Facebook page. [The Telegraph] Read more

18 January 2015

Germany’s anti-Islamic movement Pegida is a vampire we must slay

As suspicion of Muslims grows in Germany and France, the danger of a vicious spiral is palpable. We need to counter this xenophobia now – before it is too late.

.... While never compromising on the essentials of an open society, including free speech, we non-Muslim Europeans must keep sending these small signals to our Muslim fellow Europeans, both online and in our everyday personal interactions. The best signal of all is the one that indicates no explicit signal is necessary.

This is what happens most of the time in a city like London: you just take it as given that Muslim British people are as much Brits as anyone else – that in truth there is no “they”, just a larger, gloriously mixed and muddled “us”. That is how we will win the plebiscite every day. And that is how we will see off a vampire called Pegida. [Timothy Garton Ash, 1608 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 1188 votes] What is it about the sexist, anti-intellectual, barbaric religion that wishes death on all non believers that people dislike so much?

[SECOND 1185] I suspect that in Germany, as in the United Kingdom, the elected leaders have simply ignored the rise of Islam. We have constantly been told that there is no problem with Islam; and often it has been said that it's our fault anyway.

And now that some people have run out of patience we are supposed to throw up our hands in horror. But many will take a lot of convincing before they see the right as a bigger threat than Islam

[THIRD 1099] The Islamic problem is much more pressing than the Pegida problem.

Only an ostrich would disagree.

[FOURTH 1026] What "game" do you propose we play?

Should the uncivilized rabble be allowed to run free, murdering anyone who disagrees or does not believe in their program?

[FIFTH 1032] But it is a clash, isn't it? Whichever way you put it, in the end the ideal situation will always be for Muslims to accept that being a national citizen comes first than being a religious person.

[SIXTH 1004] Timothy,

please tell us what have been the advantages to date for Europe of importing large numbers of Muslims and what advantages will there be in the future

[SEVENTH 961] Absolute rubbish!

How dare you, after all that has happened in the last two weeks attempt to derail opinions you do not care for. That is exactly the problem in Europe at the moment. Islamists want to force their opinion and terror on the rest of us, they want to bully and threaten those who oppose them into silence, and apologists, like yourself, are agreeing with their wish to silence opposition.

Shame on you. These people have the same right to free speach as the Charlie Hebdo publication, and that victim of Islamic barbarism in Saudi Arabia. We do not have to agree with people to agree they have a right to state their opinion.

You article twists the Pegida case, which is almost entirely peaceful protest, which you have tried to pollute by throwing in a murder case. No, those we need to fear are not the anit-Islamics, but the rabidly pro Islamic lunatics that are the real threat to peace in Europa and peace throughout the globe.

[EIGHTH 959] I am sure more mass immigration into nations with record youth unemployment can only dampen the flames.

[NINTH 935] A shocking 57% of non-Muslim Germans now see Islam as a threat.

How can one not see Islam as something of a threat? Every day in the news we see atrocities carried out in its name. The Muslim demographic is increasing dramatically in many European countries and with it comes more influence – inhumane killing of animals, harassment of women, Sharia law courts, Female Genital mutilation, Muslim patrols around mosques, etc.

Call me a Fascist or Racist if you must but the thing is I am neither. I just see that all my liberal and humanist values are negated and challenged by political Islam.

[TENTH 899] As long as the jihadists propose war against non-believers, the bigger threat will be islam.

Why cannot they practice their religion in peace?

[ELEVENTH 818] The rise of antisemitism is equally alarming, Islam has been a huge factor in this. [Guardian Cif] Read more

The British Muslims not afraid to fight extremism

Last week four British Muslims told the BBC’s Panorama why they believe the government is right to identify “non-violent extremism” as the ideology that helps lays the ground for violent extremism.

They explained that this non-violent ideology is the politicised version of puritanical Sunni Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia and which has been exported to Britain and around the world over decades.

The programme showed how Salafi Wahhabism is wreathed in anti-westernism, contempt for parliamentary democracy, reactionary attitudes to gender equality and gay rights, and disdain for other faiths. [The Independent] Read more

Government tells mosques: force out the preachers of hate

The Government has taken the unprecedented step of writing to every mosque in the country to tell Muslim leaders that they must do more to root out the “men of hate” who are preaching extremism.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has written to 1,100 imams and Islamic leaders urging them to publicly condemn the Al Qaeda terrorists behind the Paris massacres, The Telegraph has learned.

Whitehall is unable to defeat jihadist ideology alone and Muslim leaders have “a responsibility” to prevent young men and women from becoming radicalised, Mr Pickles said in a letter sent last Friday. [The Telegraph] Read more

Islam, a religion of peace — and Kalashnikovs

The West was terrified by the horrific massacre at the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. But it should not have been surprised. This was not an attack by a mentally deranged, lone-wolf gunman. This was not an “un-Islamic” attack by a bunch of thugs — the perpetrators could be heard shouting that they were avenging the prophet Muhammad. Nor was it spontaneous.

If there is a lesson to be drawn from such a grisly episode, it is that what we believe about Islam truly doesn’t matter. This type of violence, jihad, is what they, the Islamists, believe. [The Sunday Times (£)] Read more

17 January 2015

'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault.

In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have ‘nothing to do with Islam’. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack last month. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London....

.... We have spent 15 years pretending things about Islam, a complex religion with competing interpretations. It is true that most Muslims live their lives peacefully. But a sizeable portion (around 15 per cent and more in most surveys) follow a far more radical version.

The remainder are sitting on a religion which is, in many of its current forms, a deeply unstable component. That has always been a problem for reformist Muslims. But the results of ongoing mass immigration to the West at the same time as a worldwide return to Islamic literalism means that this is now a problem for all of us. To stand even a chance of dealing with it, we are going to have to wake up to it and acknowledge it for what it is. [Douglas Murray, 873 Comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 697 votes] Good luck with all that Douglas, but I don't fancy your chances. The liberal left have too much to lose by admitting they were wrong about Enoch, wrong about Honeyford, wrong about Rushdie and wrong about everything since. That's why were in this mess.

[ANOTHER] The warning signs were there 20 years ago with the Rushdie affair who was given damn all support at the time,the hysterical reaction of so called "moderates" to the faintest criticism of Islam means we have a very long way to go.If Islam can not find its own "enlightenment" it will remain totally incompatible with Western Democracy.

[ANOTHER] So we are supposed to tip toe around the "moderate" Islam, like some reformed alcoholic, just in case it falls off the wagon and goes all jihadi on us.

Oxford University Press, a leading publisher of schoolbooks has banned its authors from mentioning pigs, sausages, and anything pork related in their books, lest the words offend Muslims and Jews (yes they mentioned Jews also, but I leave it up to you to guess why they did that).

Don't you see, it is the very threat of violence that intimidates us into granting more and more concessions? [The Spectator] Read more

Turkish anchorwoman faces 5 years in jail for tweet

Prosecutors seek up to five years of imprisonment for Turkish journalist and anchorwoman Sedef Kabas for her tweet in which she called on citizens not to forget the name of the judge who dropped the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption probe that involved high-profile names and former Cabinet members.

An indictment has been prepared by the prosecutors on charges of “targeting people involved in the fight against terrorism and making threats,” which is punishable with jail time from one-and-a-half years to five years. [Hürriyet Daily News] Read more