Mercurial marauding from Johnson

28th Mar 2014


We are all taught that Muslims somehow are more fickle than the rest of the population. Children in general may not be susceptible to many kinds of degenerative influences as long as they are, for better for worse, deemed acceptable to cultural norms. But when it is claimed that they risk becoming radicalised, Muslim children are suddenly presented as being hypersensitive, ready to be led astray at a whim and become hardened terrorists, according to the country’s anti-terrorism strategy. The all-knowing words of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, are now telling us that Muslim parents are to be blamed for failing to carry out their proper responsibilities.

Whether Johnson made this up himself or it was the invention of his advisers and script writers, he is asserting that Muslim children who risk radicalisation by their parents should be taken into care. For some seemingly unbeknownst reason he cited the murderers of Lee Rigby as just one example of “the kind of mad yearning for murder and death” that children are at risk of. Interestingly, the murderers of Lee Rigby were brought up by Christian parents. “Radicalisation is a former of child abuse and authorities must have the power to intervene.” He equated it with paedophilia and female genital mutilation to try to justify his claim.

His article published in the Daily Telegraph this month reminded us all of Enoch Powell’s notorious Rivers of Blood speech and his foreboding of doom. Radicalism was an “infection” that had to be stopped. Only of Muslims. Non-Muslim terrorism and responsibility of non-Muslim parents is not mentioned at all. “Some young people are now being radicalised at home, by their parents or by their step-parents.” They were being “taught crazy stuff: the kind of mad yearning for murder and death.” It was an “awful virus: the contagion of radical Islamic extremism.” Emotive words indeed for someone not due to stand for re-election for two more years.

The fault was the work of counter-terrorism officers which was being “hampered by what I am obliged to call political correctness.” Inbuilt in the British system was a “reluctance to be judgmental about someone else’s culture, even if that reluctance places children at risk.” The failure to intervene by the social services was even when “they and the police have clear evidence of what is going on” because it is not clear that the “safeguarding law” would support such action. “A child may be taken into care if he or she is being exposed to pornography, or is being abused – but not if the child is being habituated to this utterly bleak and nihilistic view of the world that could lead them to become murderers.”

The apparent remedy was that the law should “obviously treat radicalisation as a form of child abuse.” Children “being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public.” Britons needed to be “less phobic of intrusion into the ways of minority groups and less nervous of passing judgment on other cultures.” The country could have “a great, glorious, polychromatic society, but we must be firm to the point of ruthlessness in opposing behaviour that undermines our values.” Understanding of British values was “nowhere more apparent in the daily job of those who protect us all from terror and who are engaged in tackling the spread of extremist and radical Islam.”

His call comes amid that the on-going Government inquiry into ‘radicalisation’ and underlying assumptions that have time after time proved to be misguided and flawed. Muslims for more than a decade have been put under a distorted microscope to find an excuse to and justify putting the whole community under surveillance from cradle to grave. So many institutions can and have been spied on, from schools and universities to the NHS, mosques, madrasahs and Islamic societies. The enemy is within and it would be laughable if presented as a Hollywood movie.

It is not the first attempt to embroil Muslim parents into the war on terrorism. Back in 2006, former Home Secretary, John Reid, called on parents to spy on the behaviour of their sons and treat them as suspected terrorists. It was the opposite to what Johnson is calling for. He urged Muslim parents to “confront” their teenage siblings and protect them from harm. But the overall thrust was to sow seeds of distrust and suspicion to divide Muslim families and generate a new climate of fear that all in the community were potential terrorists.

The latest thrust comes when the profile of terrorists is being confused with many coming from irreligious backgrounds, some often converts and as in the case with Syria supporting the same cause as the British Government in seeking to overthrow President Basher al-Assad’s regime. Contrary to anti-terrorism legislation, the BBC this month promoted the cause of Abdul Waheed Majeed, who blew himself up when driving a truck bomb at the gates of Aleppo Prison. In an interview with Newsnight his brother Hafeez declared that the suicide bomber should be regarded as a hero, combating the regime, not a terrorist. “If my brother had been a British soldier and there were British people in that prison and the act of heroism or bravery that he did, I know he would have been awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross,” he said.

Johnson’s attempt to invoke suspected radicalism as a form of abuse is reported to already being probed in a family litigation case that could lead two bothers aged 11 and 12 to be taken into care. At the High Court in London, it was revealed that a local council has started proceedings on the children’s future after their non-Muslim mother claimed two of her boys were being radicalised by her estranged Libyan husband, who is also a British citizen and had lived in England for a long time.

The couple, who have not yet been named, apparently have seven children. According to the Daily Telegraph, the mother had made a statement that her two sons had both been “extremely hostile and rude” to her and called her a “Christian witch”. A care decision is not due to be made until June but the judge has warned  the claims were “no more” than statements made by or attributed to the woman and had been strongly denied by her husband. Whatever the marital dispute, it seems extra ammunition is being given in family breakdown cases over custody rights.

Under British law, parents currently are responsible for not only providing a home and protecting and maintaining their children but also in matters of discipline and choosing and providing their education. If radical messages are so seductive, parents are best placed to stay in the picture to intervene and combat. Islam is perfectly suited to counter with its principles of piety, obedience and disassociation from troublesome acquaintance. What is missing, as is always in the narrative that the causes of terrorism, is essentially political and has very little to do with religion. The alleged growth of those willing to fight in Syria is further confirmation of this and yet the Government prefers to become even further lost in the quagmire it has created. Anyone seizing on Johnson’s claims only further distorts the dichotomy of the Government in seeking the support of the Muslim community while doing everything to alienate it.



One Response to “Mercurial marauding from Johnson”

Iftikhar AhmadMarch 29, 2014

Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multi-culturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British “us” teaching should acknowledge that “us” can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears. Multiculturalism is not about separation, ghettoization or balkanisation. It is, instead, a recognition of both diversity and the need for common ground, mutual respect, and cultural engagement

A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. Muslim families are as entitled as any other religious group to schools that nurture their children’s faith. Muslim pupils should be educated in Muslim schools because the current system is marginalising them. Teaching Muslim children in a Muslim school would remove the “problem of them being exposed” to values that conflict with Islamic faith. Muslim pupils are disadvantaged and marginalised in the city’s state schools because the cultural heritage of the curriculum is “European and Christian”. Muslim schools provide an education in accordance with the Muslim beliefs and values, such as providing single-sex schooling after puberty. They are thus a response to the danger of absorption into the dominant culture. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are slaughter houses for the Muslim children.

God has created diverse human beings to live in this tiny global village of one family. Creation by its very nature is diverse with different species, different communities, different cultures and languages. These differences represent the beauty and wonder but diversity is sometimes not fully appreciated, resulting in all sorts of clashes. The British society and Establishment must learn to respect and accommodate others, as if in a family.

During colonial days, British did not follow local customs or culture. They didn’t exactly “go native”. They even forced the native Americans and native Australian to adopt all the evils of their culture and customs. They are still the underdogs of American and Australian societies. At least Australian Prime Minister apologised to the natives for their evil deeds. Brits living in Spain and France don’t even bother learning the language of the new adopted country. Frankly suggesting that people don’t want to become “British” they should move elsewhere is extremely irritating. Immigrants are in UK because they are needed, it was never an act of charity. Without migration, British economy and society will bleed to death. British culture and customs will undoubtedly change as it has for millennium due to immigration. I am not quite sure why Brits would be worried about that.

Living together requires quite simply, an acceptance of the others, of the way in which (the other) is dressed. It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.

As a British Asian myself, and a Muslim, I am deeply proud of my heritage and language. At home i speak my own languages, Punjabi and Urdu. When out and about with family, i speak in Urdu etc. I will speak in whatever language I like. Nobody, absolutely nobody will tell us what language to speak. Obviously I appreciate everyone living here should ve able to speak a bit of English. But its not a must, especially for elders. After all, look at how many Brits move to other nations yet refuse to learn the languages? No, they expect others to learn or speak English, and the Brits just don’t wanna integrate. If u Brits don’t do it when u move to other nations, don’t expect or demand other others, Asians, Africans etc to have to learn English to fit in. Me, Im Asian, Im proud of my languages and if it riles others when they cant understand our conversations, well get over it.

Extremism, homophobia and anti-Semitism are nothing to do with Islamic teachings and beliefs. Islam does not teach that Jews and Christians are pigs and monkeys. The Policy Exchange Think-tank should concentrate on institutionally racist British schooling with chicken racist teachers. Muslim parents do not want their children with behaviour problems that include unprovoked aggression, promiscuity, violence, eating disorder, bullying and alcohol. According to ATL, teachers believe behaviour is worse than it was five years ago, with even five year olds being disrespectful, intimidating and violent. This is the true picture of British broken society and the Muslim community does not want to be integrated.

I’m not sure how learning English will help stop extremism either, many of those who have carried out/plotted atrocities have been highly educated. Speaking English does not promote integration into British society, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslims still face discrimination in jobs, education and housing. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime.

Islam is a peaceful religion, terrorism arose in response to the massive killings done by the west in Muslim lands, starting with Afghanistan, and now the Arab world where the West is interfering now. As a Muslim I’m taught that I have 2 kinds of brother, brothers in Islam, and brothers in humanity, that’s why I love everyone unconditionally. I believe in the truth and the truth is that Islam does not allow the deaths of innocents and you’re cherry-picking and misinterpreting and taking out of context. According to Islam, as a Muslim who studied it for more than a decade, is AGAINST the killings of innocents. Don’t judge a faith from the misguidance of others. It is a sin in Islam to kill innocent people including children, women and elderly. You are fooled by your media and anti-Islamists misinterpreting the sources of Islam.
London School of Islamics Trust


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