Helping reduce Islamaphobia….. not

I’d never, ever suggest that they should be banned from doing this or that free speech should be ‘lightly restrained’ in order to make that possible (though Christ knows speech in the UK is not free anyway), but what the hell do these guys think they’re going to achieve by doing this, especially that day of all days?

A number of radical Islamic groups including Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) gathered outside the US embassy on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The group of around 100 men shouted “USA terrorists”, brandished anti-American placards and chanted through a loud hailer.
Several members of the Muslim groups made anti-American speeches following the flag burning.

Hell’s bells, it’s Pavlovian, isn’t it? Any chance to really offend the west in general and the Yanks in particular and some headjobs will take it. In fact it’s more than Pavlovian, it’s as predictable as gravity. Look, fellas, when you’ve stopped lighting American flags for five minutes (is it me or does it seem like most American flags are bought by people who hate America?) I want to run an idea past you. Ask yourselves this: was Britain consumed with Hinduphobia when Mohandas Ghandi, that famously non-violent yet persistently passive-aggressive pain in their arses, was trying his best to get the British out of India? No? Then maybe, just maybe, you could be playing your hand better.

Such as, for instance, the group of reasonable, moderate Muslims – I’m guessing British Muslims for Secular Democracy, who I’ve mentioned at mine a couple of times, or someone quite like them – have done by going along to counter protest. And if it was BMSD I think The Teletubbygraph did you no favours by leaving your name out.*

A moderate group of Muslims opposing the extremist protests were also in attendance, as were roughly 60 members of the English Defence League.

Hang on a mo, if the EDL are raaaaacists and they were counter-protesting the same event as the moderate Muslims, does that mean in lefty-MSM-lala-land that moderate Muslims are raaaaacists? Clearly not, but that seems likely to cause a little head popping.

Anyway, back to the point. Winning friends and influencing people is the game, and here are two alternate strategies for doing so on the tenth anniversary of the world’s most destructive terrorist atrocity: first, jump up and down and rant and set fire to the flag of the nation which was on the receiving end of that terrorist attack; second, release a PR signed by more than fifty Muslim organisations and mosques saying something like this (quoted en bloc).

As the tenth anniversary of the atrocities of September 11th 2001 draws closer, we wish to take this opportunity to come together to reiterate our profound sympathy for the victims of the attacks in the US. We also honour the memory of all victims of terrorism in all nations around the world.

The last ten years have not been easy. Tragically, we have seen thousands more people from all walks of life become victims of terrorism. We have also seen the impact of the conflicts resulting from 9/11 in different parts of the Muslim world and experienced the terrible consequences of acts of terror here in Britain on 7th July 2005. The recent tragic events in Oslo show us that terrorists still continue to plan and carry out attacks against people regardless of their race, religion, gender or social circumstance.

As a community we have rejected the terrorists, the emptiness of their words and the futility of their actions. They have nothing to offer the world. Those who seek to divide society have failed. Indeed, their destructive actions have only brought communities closer together. Their message that terrorism is the only way to achieve change has been rejected by ordinary citizens standing in peaceful protest for greater political participation and freedom across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks, our communities are growing stronger and more resilient. Communities have come together to find common ground and resolve differences. For those of us who are Muslims, our faith gives us hope– a hope shared by people of all faiths and of none – for a world free from terror and injustice.

Now is the time to look to the future with greater optimism. Our common humanity, our spirit of community, the values we share as human beings, will give us the strength to confront those who seek to divide rather than unite us, now and in the future. We will continue to stand together in troubled times, not just against terrorism but against all forms of criminality that pervade our society – as we saw during the riots that spread across the UK in recent weeks. Only together can we defeat such problems. Only together can we work to build communities whose unity honours the memory of the victims of September 11th and victims of conflicts and terror around the world.

I dunno, maybe that’s not as newsworthy as the broken record rantings of a few dozen headjobs with a loudhailer and a monthly account at their local guaranteed flammable flag shop. But I do know who I’d rather sit next to on the bus.

* The last time I mentioned British Muslims for Secular Democracy over at my blog it was to ask where the hell they’d been for two years, and an anonymous commenter, who I’m pretty sure was from BMSD, politely assured me that they had indeed been active over that time. It occurred to me while replying that reasonable people doing reasonable things is probably less interesting to the lame-stream media and less likely to get coverage than people who are being absolute bastards (unless there’s a way to spin reasonable people as absolute bastards, of course – I’m sure they’d go for that in a heartbeat), so BMSD are always going to struggle for column inches compared to the loudhailer flag burning boys. If the media can’t be arsed then I guess it falls to sympathetic bloggers, so I’m resolving to try and keep half an eye out for what the BMSD are up to. Giving them a positive mention in my little corner of the blogosphere now and doesn’t make up for an indifferent press more interested in the flag burning shouty mob but it’s better than nothing. They deserve a fair go.

8 comments for “Helping reduce Islamaphobia….. not

  1. September 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Hindus are nice and friendly. Just look at the Krishna lot.

  2. james Higham
    September 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    The group of around 100 men shouted “USA terrorists”, brandished anti-American placards and chanted through a loud hailer.
    Several members of the Muslim groups made anti-American speeches following the flag burning.

    Fine, they have the right to do this and they shouldn’t be incarcerated or anything else which will cost the taxpayer indefinitely. They can chant all they like during the flight back to their country of origin and when back there, their own people will listen to them.

    Sorted.

    • September 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Is Luton a separate country now? I mean, I know it can feel that way, but… 😉 Still, I’d agree that even those who are British born need to be told in no uncertain terms that if they really feel freedom can go to hell and that they want a Sharia judicial system then they should eff off to where there is one and people aren’t free. Their ranting isn’t doing anyone any favours, least of all Muslims who like it in Britain and just want to get on with their lives.

  3. Woman on a Raft
    September 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Interesting that when Charlie Veitch wanted to stage his dur-brained stunt at the Royal Wedding, the police were fully able to prevent him getting in to the immediate area and went so far as to arrest him in order to stop him getting anywhere inside the M25.

    JuliaM rehearsed the Public Order argument on 1 May 2011
    http://www.4liberty.org.uk/2011/05/01/i-guess-everyone-has-their-limits/

    and although I happen to agree with her – and think Charlie was damn lucky the police got to him before the crowd did – I can’t help noticing that the law was applied to him in a way which it is not to other folk.

    BTW, Charlie is in deep trouble with for changing his views on the genesis of 9/11. He now believes that the official version, while it has inconsistencies, is the simplest and most likely account. He is a surprised to find how strongly he has been attacked for this.

    • September 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Obviously I did pretty well at avoiding all the wedding related news articles because I had to google Charlie Veitch. It rings a bell now but there was a stage where anything that contained the word ‘wedding’ caused my eyes to glaze over and my mind to wander. Having read about it now I’m inclined to agree with what he was saying and think that his arrest was a bit Pre-Crime-ish, but if he thought he was going to persuade anyone by rocking up with a loudhailer among hundreds of thousands of happy, flag waving people overcome with contagious monarchism then he’s a complete idiot. Still shouldn’t have arrested him though. I’d have given him a crash helmet and a tub of Vaseline with the advice that he might need to use it to get the loudhailer back out again, and then let nature take its course. As you say, equality before the law seems a little lacking when comparing the Veitches and the Islamist flag burners.

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:32 am

      “…surprised to find how strongly he has been attacked for this.”

      Poor lad. He really is none too bright, is he?

  4. Steve W
    September 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    To offer credit where it’s due and what I didn’t see reported beyond the “60 moderate muslims” bit was that some of the ‘moderate muslims’ had banners with slogans along the lines of “If you want Sharia law, then fuck off to Saudi” and suchlike.
    This is the kind of response one would hop to get from the majority of muslims seeing what was being demanded and done in their name.

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Agreed. I’ve always had the impression from Muslims I’ve dealt with that the nutters are a bit of an embarrassment that they don’t like to talk about, like a crazy old uncle who screams and swears and doesn’t have great bladder control. Thing is, there’s a huge difference between shouting random abuse and smelling of piss and laminating yourself and anyone unfortunate enough to be nearby to the nearest wall because someone’s told you you’ll go to heaven that way. BMSD and others seem to have realised that the “we don’t like to talk about them” response just doesn’t cut it and that they need to be more vocal in condemning the violence and in telling the Sharia4UK crowd where to go. Good on ’em. Would have been nice if the MSM had included a few pics of that.

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