Twenty odd years ago, on a trip to Egypt, I thought I really ought to get an idea of the religion and so took an introduction to Islam with me. After two or three chapters of “You must do this, you mustn’t do that” I was taken aback to learn that those who do not comply can expect to drink molten metal in Hell for eternity. I thought “This Allah guy is a sadistic bully, just like most of the rulers in these parts. I wonder if there’s a connection” and left the book in a Cairo hotel room.
Several years later I heard that Muslim immigration into Europe was resulting in sizeable communities in various countries. I thought “That’s odd. Surely everyone knows that for a devout Muslim his religious identity will trump any loyalty to whatever country he lives in”.
After 1997 Tony Blair started to allow unprecedented levels of Muslim immigration while simultaneously waging war on their co-religionists in far off dusty lands. I thought “That’s a peculiar thing to do”.
In 2005 four British born Muslims blew themselves up on the London transport system, killing 52 people, citing religious and political motivations. I was angry about it but was elsewhere, and otherwise engaged, and I went back to sleep.
In 2013 two British born Muslims butchered a British soldier on the streets of London. I started to inquire into the religion of peace and was horrified at the cruelty I found, and the venom towards non-Muslims (See 30 things I can’t help noticing about Islam and A Short Story). Mohammed was clearly a monster, more akin to Genghis Khan than Jesus or the Buddha. If he came back today he would likely be shipped of to The Hague to face charges of robbery, assassination, rape, enslavement and genocide. Surely no one could love him apart from those indoctrinated in childhood or those lost souls who crave certainty at any price.
I decided that this time I would not be going back to sleep again and started to notice what had changed in Britain over the last twenty years:
– The Muslim rape gangs given ample justification in the Koran and Hadiths for sex slavery of non-Muslim women (and girls), and overlooked by the authorities for fear of being called racist.
– The thousands of cases of genital mutilation of Muslim (and other African) girls which had resulted in exactly zero prosecutions.
– The “honour” killings of girls who have become too westernized for their family’s taste. Was ever a word more misused?
– The Muslim enclaves which grow up around mosques, with indigenous inhabitants being “encouraged” to sell their houses for a pittance and leave the area.
– The halal meat, the production of which has reversed decades of progress in animal welfare and which has been fed to schoolchildren without their parents’ knowledge and appears unlabelled in supermarkets.
– The endless whining and playing the victim to gain advantage.
– The hate speech legislation which seems only to protect Muslims from everyone else and not everyone else from Muslims.
– The Saudi funded mosques in which, whenever investigative reporters looked, they found quite different things being said out front and in the back rooms.
– The niqabs and even, horror of horrors, burqas used as a provocation and a means of separating Muslims from the rest of society.
– The sharia courts which, although voluntary in theory, routinely discriminate against women and have been found to issue rulings in contravention of British law.
– The gradual de facto acceptance of sharia in British law and public life as exampled by the Law Society providing guidance on discriminatory wills [NB since withdrawn after the widespread outcry], and special bank accounts, student loans and city financial instruments to accommodate sharia.
– The massive over-representation of Muslims on benefits and in prison.
– The death threats which invariably issue from somewhere in the Muslim community whenever Islam is criticised or confronted, resulting in a very sensible self-censorship in public life (particularly from comedians who are quite brave about ridiculing Christianity).
All this is a huge affront to a host nation which extended tolerance to incoming Muslims, often refugees, and which has so often been repaid with disrespect and disdain.
Equally offensive to me, as someone who had never voted anything other than Labour or Liberal Democrat, is the betrayal of liberal values by the liberal left. They call themselves progressives yet bizarrely protect the most regressive outlooks on women, homosexuals and religious freedom from proper scrutiny. I am coming to believe there is something of “Fifty shades of Grey” in the relationship between the liberal left and Islam.
Also, there are the desperate attempts by our leaders to tell us after each atrocity that “This has nothing to do with Islam”. This is terribly wrong-headed (See Islamism or Islam?). The trouble is that we can all read what Allah told Mohammed about slaying the kuffar and we can all hear when the perpetraters quote verses of the Koran. The only questions are how many more atrocities will it take before our leaders’ stance is no longer sustainable and how will the people of Britain react when they realise they have been deceived?
Anyway, why this blog? Well, I hope to alert you to what I see as the danger of Islam to all that is not Islam. It seems clear to me that this has been the case for the greater part of Islam’s history and so it is again now, as we see in the conflicts on most of Islamdom’s borders. I suggest that what we see around the world today is not a new “Islamist” phenomenon but merely an Islamic resurgence following the release of Islam from a hundred and fifty years of colonial containment.
If, on the other hand, you can persuade me that there is nothing to worry about then so much the better. In that case I would be massively grateful to you since, as things stand, I foresee only increasing conflict from Nigeria to the Phillipines to the Caucasus, and eventually to Europe.