This Isn’t The Dichotomy You Think It Is…

Phil McDuff evidently hasn’t realised the reason – we’ve come to learn that all immigrants don’t ‘enrich our culture’. Some actually degrade it.

…the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to “help fight terrorism,” and a similar proportion see Islam itself as “a threat to the west”.

Because it is.

This polarisation is worrying because it provides more evidence that England is failing to resist the processes of cumulative extremism, or what academic Douglas Pratt calls “reactive co-radicalisation”, in which extremist conceptions of “the other” become normalised across the population. In such an environment, responses to violence themselves triggers counter-responses in a vicious cycle of increased suspicion and enmity.

“They rape our children and blow them up at concerts, and we get angry and start to question why we harbour them in this country! Gosh, we’re the monsters!”

It is easy to see how politicians, pulled to and fro as they are by electoral concerns, could find themselves tempted to pander to these fears. The path of least resistance is always to position yourself against the current enemies. Many seem to believe that they can play both sides, by denouncing obvious crimes by the “othered” population while providing boilerplate “but not all of them, of course” disclaimers to provide cover for their nudge-nudge-wink-wink invocation of racist tropes.

Newsflash, Phil: politicians want to get elected. And to do so, they need to listen to those who elect them. It’s not hard to figure out why the public isn’t keen on electing terrorist sympathisers.

You could always ask Corbyn. He’ll explain it to you. He’s had pretty recent experience.

It’s unlikely that Sarah Champion, for example, set out to consciously perpetuate the “dark men raping our women” trope when she wrote the piece for the Sun that led to her resignation from the shadow cabinet, yet she did so anyway.

She didn’t ‘resign’, though, did she? She was pushed out. And if you think that will make voters think ‘Wow, Labour, what a great party!’ then get used to another Tory government next term.

Our society is, despite everything, moving slowly and tentatively towards being more open and less bigoted, but this cannot be presumed to be a natural process that will continue indefinitely without hard work from progressives. To preserve it, we need to actively resist the dangerous and divisive strains of bigotry in our society, not simply hope they go away by themselves.

We are ‘resisting the dangerous and divisive strain of bigotry’. Its name is Islam.

11 comments for “This Isn’t The Dichotomy You Think It Is…

  1. Ed P
    September 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Shame it’s not Islan with an “n”, as an anagram is Slain.

    “Useful idiots” like McDuff may possibly wake up too late to reverse the damage they’re doing in the name of tolerance & inclusiveness. The “peaceful” radicals laugh at such idiots, who are helping their underhand conquest of our Western values.

  2. September 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Brilliant piece Julia – I hope you don’t mind if I feature it as one of my ‘From Elsewhere’ series?

    • September 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Fill yer boots! 😉

  3. Mona
    September 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I would like to say so much but the thought police would be on me, I have several books on Islam, a very important one by Peter Hammond titled ” Slavery Terrorism and Islam” another book a very interesting read by Matthew Alper titled ” the GOD Part of the Brain”. We in the West may have a very limited time before we FALL.

  4. M G Phillips
    September 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I lived in multicultural area in the 60s. It was only when the Muslims arrived in the 70s we started to get the “ghettoisation” in areas where the Muslim population clung together rather than dispersed into the wider community like other immigrant arrivals. They do not integrate like other communities in the way politicians would like to believe. Muslims chose to live in an isolated community and the inability of politicians to recognise this is a key failing of their policies.

  5. Henry Kaye
    September 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’m just going to repeat what I said in reply to Mike a little earlier: In view of the many Islamic countries in the East and Middle East, why would any Muslim want to come here?

  6. Errol
    September 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Actually I believe we are becoming more intolerant. Not because we want to, but because we are facing a bigoted, racist, cultural offensive that the Left perpetuate and Labour began. Simply, Labour created massive division to create a voting bloc. Its done that, wrecked the country and now this huge client state sits there, idle as flip and does nothing apart from complain about our largesse.

    Frankly, we’re nowhere near intolerant enough. The Left created this situation. To demand we just roll over once they’ve kicked us isn’t going to work.

  7. Penseivat
    September 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    “England ……..is more Islamaphobic too.” Nonsense. There is no such thing as Islamaphobia. A phobia is an irrational fear of something. There is nothing irrational about not liking anything to do with Islam. It is not a fear, but may be a detestation, or preference not to follow that cult, or even a desire to educate them that Islam means “submit” and that therefore they are voluntarily surrendering their free will on the alleged words of a murdering, raping, paedophilic, camel thief. You may as well describe vegetarians as baconophobes.

    • Ted Treen
      September 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Excellently put. I have long stated that there is no such thing as Islamaphobia for the very reason(s) you state. I haven’t stated things as clearly as you, so in the future I will unashamedly plagiarise your wisdom.

      • Penseivat
        September 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm

        Ted,
        Fill your boots.

  8. pete
    September 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Mona – the book that explained best how we got here for me, was – The Death of the Grown-up by Diana West… she doesn’t mention islam until the last two chapters – and then she really lets rip

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