The mayor of Rotterdam, a Moroccan born immigrant and also a Muslim, has told those who don’t want to integrate to just ‘fuck off’.
Good for him. If there is to be any progress in halting Islamic terrorism, it really has to come from Muslims. Anything a non-Muslim says is going to be met with cries of ‘infidel!’ from the radicals. They will not listen to us. The only dialogue that has any hope of getting to them must be internal to Islam.
Could it be the start of Islam’s version of the Reformation? It’s small now, but growing. It’ll need to speed up though. A lot.
However, the radicals are still as mad as a box of frogs. From the story of a little newsagent in the UK stocking Charlie Hebdo as a one-off –
British radical preacher Anjem Choudary said the magazine’s front-page Mohammed cartoon was a ‘blatant provocation’. Moderate Muslim voices also criticised the decision to print a depiction of their prophet knowing it would cause offence.
‘Moderate’? Your loons killed people over a cartoon, you then continue to say that cartoons should be banned, and you think that’s ‘moderate’? You’re not doing yourselves any favours here, Islam.
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said there was ‘no justification’ and urged British broadcasters and newspapers not to carry the cartoon. ‘These cartoons are not satire, they are not in good taste – they are just offensive,’ he said.
They don’t offend me at all. Furthermore I do not believe that everything should be made to fit with someone’s idea of ‘good taste’, not even mine. There are magazines I don’t like at all and you know how I avoid being offended by them? I don’t buy them. It’s not difficult.
Note that this MP belongs to the UK equivalent of the Rotterdam Mayor’s party. What is it about Wastemonster that softens the brains of our MPs? Something in the water?
Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said he felt ‘disgust’ at the new Charlie Hebdo cartoon.
Then don’t buy the magazine. If I see one on sale I’ll buy it and I can’t even read French. Well, I have an O-level from 1976 so I might be able to get the gist of it. I’ll buy it just to annoy the idiots who think everyone should live as they direct. To quote a prominent Dutch Labour politician – ‘fuck off’.
There is a glimmer of light in all this UK-centred shite-talking. And it comes from a Muslim woman.
However, Sughra Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Britain, called for tensions around the pictures of Mohammed to be ‘de-escalated’.
She added: ‘We are not defending the new cartoon per se, but the “all is forgiven” sentiment is important and gracious and if many of my work colleagues were shot dead last week, I would feel defiant and want to fight back, so I understand where this is coming from.’
Some are seeing where all this radicalism is heading. It’s going to backfire on all muslims, not just the lunatic fringe. An attack on that small town newsagent in the UK, or another killing spree at a newspaper, will set off a reaction that nobody can stop. The pot is boiling over now. It’s time to turn the heat down, not up.
Where, you might ask, are the promised double standards?
The Mail hails the Mayor of Rotterdam and the newsagent as heroes standing up for free speech.
What do you think the story would have been had a UKIP councillor – or indeed any councillor of any party – said what that mayor said?
What would the story have been if the newsagent was a white man with a buzz-cut and braces?
Freedom of speech. It applies to everyone or it does not exist.
The Mail will probably never understand it. British Politics doesn’t even want to try.