Ruth Kelly says that we need to fight extremism which includes the “still poisonous” far right (presumably she means the left-wing socialist border-line Communist BNP). She says that the British government will be working with colleges and universities to combat extremism that festers there.
Lord Nazir Ahmed trots out the usual durge about muslims being victims. Apparently, muslims are under “constant threat of demonisation of the muslim community” because “it is fashionable to have a go at muslims”. And here was me thinking that muslim terrorists blowing up women and children in the name of their medievil intolerant religion.
A few weeks ago, John Reid was shouted at by a muslim for coming into their community and telling them what to do – an example of the lack of respect that certain sections of the “muslim community” have for the British government.
More recently Jack Straw has seen protests outside and inside his constituency surgery for asking muslim women to remove their veils when they come to talk to him because it is a barrier to communication. Groups of right-wing muslim women (fundamentalist Islam is right wing) turned up solely to have Jack Straw ask them to remove their veils so that they could refuse. Others paraded outside with placards claiming that they have a right to wear their veils.
The teacher that was suspended for refusing to remove her veil when teaching English as a second language to primary school children after children and staff complained that it was hard to understand her. She also claims it is her right to wear a veil. An anonymous muslim (woman I think) commenter on my blog says that it can be solved by banning men from going to her classroom. I say no, that isn’t acceptable in our society and it is up to the woman to accomodate us, not the other way round.
What has to be borne in mind is that since the IRA stopped blowing up dustbins in England, the only terrorist attacks have been perpetrated muslims. Our civil liberties and freedoms have been seriously curtailed in the name of tackling Islamic extremism. What we tolerate in England is up to the 50m English people who live here, not the 3% of the population that describes themselves as muslim and not to the handful of ministers who make ridiculous laws telling us that we have to change our ways to accomodate an alien religion. Why should I change my ways to accomodate the ever-increasing unreasonable demands of an immigrant population? If they don’t like the way we do things in England, there are another couple of hundred countries they could go to where they might do things differently. I don’t want to change, why should I?