It is only a personal observation but it seems to me that the sympathy and sums governments are spending on deradicalisation programmes, Muslim sports and outreach campaigns just aren’t working. Indeed, the more indulgences granted, the more pronounced that separatism becomes
- People being stabbed in the name of a religion.
- People being held hostage – same motivation.
- Plans laid to blow people up.
- Fortunes spent each year by governments to keep a lid on zealotry.
- ‘Experts’ telling us people who do these things are mentally unstable, marginalised or poorly educated, even when that is clearly not the case.
- Needing to be ‘alert’ but not ‘alarmed’ to potentially catastrophic threats.
- People who refuse to stand in court.
- Special treatment and dedicated religious amenities for some at public facilities.
- Women shrouded in garments testifying to their status as mere possessions.
- Being called upon to know the difference between a burqa and a niqab, when each is equally offensive.
- Watching a publicly funded broadcaster accept and implicitly endorse arranged and consanguineous marriages.
- Being distressed by bollards sprouting in public places.
- Having to pay extra for everyday food because manufacturers are held to ransom.
- My taxes being given to a specific community to encourage participation in a sport.
- Having my bag and person searched at public events.
- ‘Honour’ killings.
- The unlawful practice of female genital mutilation.
- A welfare system that indulges the practice of polygamy.
- Witnessing the subjugation of women and a veritable Stockholm Syndrome among oppression’s defenders.
- Watching my government fete a minority community, but only one minority community.
- Taxi drivers who decline to carry guide dogs for religious reasons.
- People seeking to advance the secular authority of their religious laws, rather than accepting the law of the land.
- Being told that Islam is basically the same as Christianity when it is the diametric opposite.
- Being told by ‘experts’, especially those seeking further grants, that deradicalisation works when it obviously does not.
I don’t want to accept these things. I don’t want to accept that a small, noisy, discordant minority is changing the way I live, and changing it for the worse. And I particularly will not accept that a concern for women’s rights and being appalled by clerics who call for the death of homosexuals makes me “intolerant” or consumed by bigotry.
Oh, and one last thing: I loathe being smeared with that ridiculous confection “Islamophobia” when I suggest that, as a secular Western society, we should never, ever tolerate the intolerant.