It is about the only frank and sane paragraph in the entire piece, but comes like rain after a drought from theÂ Sydney MorningÂ Herald’s Paul McGeough:
A professor of journalism at the American University in Dubai, Bahrani wanted to knowÂ why – if Muslims in London, Paris and elsewhere were marching in protest at Israel’s war on Gaza – they were not protesting against the Islamic State massacres of Yazidis, Christians and their fellow MuslimsÂ in Iraq and Syria.
Of course, since McGeough is the author, excuses are made, the West criticised and Islam declared innocent of a charge barely spelled out. Yet that one paragraph stays as a reproach – and a warning.
It is more than six years since the then Archbishop of Canterbury gave what history will surely understand to be one of the most destructive speeches in modern Britain. The contents of Rowan Williams’s 2008 speech talked of allowing a place for competing religious demands, including sharia law, in a multi-faith society. The next day he clarified matters. In an interview with the BBC, he said there would “inevitably” be a place for sharia law in Britain and that (more importantly) the idea of there being “one law for all” in a country such as Britain seemed to him “dangerous.”
It has become increasingly plain that there are areas of our country in which different rules apply. Here are places where religion and ethnicity and the fear of accusations of “racism” and Islamophobia” trump everything — including…