British Prime Minister David Cameron lays out his new plan to fight “extremism” yet never mentions the world “Islamic” or “Muslim”
“Although he emphasized that Islam was a peaceful religion, Cameron warned it would be an ‘exercise in futility’ to pretend there was no link between Islam and the radical ideas espoused by militants who call themselves Muslims. Exploring that link will mean ‘uncomfortable’ but necessary conversations, Cameron said.” Here’s an “uncomfortable” conversation starter: will Cameron now ban himself from the country for saying that there is a link between Islam and “the radical ideas espoused by militants who call themselves Muslims”? After all, he banned me from the country in 2013 for saying Islam had a doctrine of warfare against unbelievers, which was tantamount to banning me for saying grass is green and the sky is blue. He will soon find that this “uncomfortable” conversation will be “uncomfortable” precisely because if it is carried out truthfully and honestly, it will challenge his politically correct fantasies. Will he then continue to ignore and deny the truth, or will he begin to return the British government to some semblance of sanity?
“Britain’s David Cameron calls for combating ‘vicious, brutal’ extremists,” by Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2015
Declaring it “the struggle of our generation,” Prime Minister David Cameron called Monday for a wide-ranging effort in Britain to combat the radical ideology that has inspired hundreds of his compatriots to join Islamic militants fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Cameron urged universities, prisons, Internet companies and broadcasters to work with the government to “confront and defeat this poison.” He said it was important to promote moderate Muslim voices in society and to “de-glamorize” extremist groups such as Islamic State that glorify gruesome acts of violence.
“This isn’t a pioneering movement. It is a vicious, brutal and fundamentally abhorrent existence,” Cameron told listeners at a school in Birmingham, Britain’s most populous city after London and home to a significant Muslim population.
“Here’s my message to any young person here in Britain thinking of going out there,” Cameron added. “You won’t be some valued member of a movement. You are cannon fodder for them. They will use you.”…
Cameron called on Internet and media companies and college campuses to show more restraint in giving platforms to inflammatory rhetoric – not just overtly jihadist speech but also other pernicious ideas that feed such viewpoints, such as anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
“The adherents of this ideology are overpowering other voices within Muslim debate, especially those trying to challenge it,” Cameron said. “There are so many strong, positive Muslim voices that are being drowned out.”
Although he emphasized that Islam was a peaceful religion, Cameron warned it would be an “exercise in futility” to pretend there was no link between Islam and the radical ideas espoused by militants who call themselves Muslims. Exploring that link will mean “uncomfortable” but necessary conversations, Cameron said.
He lamented the segregation in some communities and lack of integration by Muslim and other minority youths who feel detached from “British values.”
“We have in our country a very clear creed, and we need to promote it much more confidently,” he said. “There are things we share together. We’re all British. We respect democracy and the rule of law. We believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equal rights regardless of race, sex, sexuality or faith. We believe in respecting different faiths, but also expecting those faiths to support the British way of life.”
The Muslim Council of Britain immediately played the victimhood card, and claimed that Cameron, for all his pandering, was endeavoring to “brand us all as extremists.” Amazing that anyone still falls for this nonsense:
The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of faith-based organizations, welcomed Cameron’s remarks but warned against “litmus tests which may brand us all as extremists, even though we uphold and celebrate the rule of law, democracy and rights for all.”
“Dissenting is a proud tradition of ours that must not be driven underground,” Shuja Shafi, the council’s secretary general, said in a statement. “Challenging extremist ideology is what we all want, but we need to define tightly and closely what extremism is rather than perpetuate a deep misunderstanding of Islam.”
We do indeed need to “define tightly and closely what extremism is.”