Well done Channel 4 – you’ve just made British Muslims feel even more isolated
Too late: Allah divided the world and isolated the Muslims already:
“Even the title of the programme implies Muslims have some sort of collective hidden agenda, which is horrifying”
Emma Barnett doesn’t have her faculties intact. I wouldn’t suggest that she is bonking Arab Muslims, which often has the same effect. A sane person wouldn’t write such garbage:
“…the often criticised Muslim Council of Britain, is the Government’s partner …”
” TV programmes like this, pumped full of divisive rhetoric, devoid of solutions or context, will only cause more hatred and isolation. They certainly won’t “start a conversation”
Did you watch the much-hyped What British Muslims Really Think on Channel 4? If so, you may feel like you’ve been given access to a clandestine world – a separate nation hiding within the UK.
Presented by the former equalities wonk Trevor Phillips, this programme was heavily trailed because of “extensive polling” (of 1,081 people), which revealed, among other things, that half of British Muslims want gay sex banned and 39 per cent believe wives should obey their husbands.
So far, so conservative. But such worrying statistics aside, I’m struggling to understand who on earth benefits from all this? All week Mr Phillips has been cavorting about in triumph, claiming to have revealed the opinions of “real British Muslims”.
I don’t have a problem with such surveys being done per se, although there are some serious questions about the methodology used – one being that the only Muslims polled lived in areas where they made up more than 20 per cent of the local population.
But let’s just assume for a moment that we could trust the programme to give us a steer about certain British Muslims’ views, what now? Mr Phillips’s calls for “muscular integration” are laudable. But he’s already achieved the exact opposite.
Having had real conversations with some real Muslims, they are appalled by his handiwork and feel attacked, not “listened to”.
As one woman said to me: “Even the title of the programme implies Muslims have some sort of collective hidden agenda, which is horrifying.”
Don’t wake up sleeping dogs, could that be the Muslim hidden agenda? Not for Emma Barnett. Do read on:
Reactions online have been predictably hysterical, with people seizing upon the data to support their creeping Islamophobia.
“How can we live safely with this Muslim threat to our society?” wrote one angry man.
The man is right. The presence of Muslims makes our lives very dangerous and very unpleasant.
No wonder the Muslim Council of Britain’s response to the poll warned explicitly against “stigmatising” and “scapegoating” of Muslims.
Yawn. That’s what they do. They are in Britain to advance the Mohammedan agenda.
I don’t bring all this up in a bid to protect all Muslims from ever being offended. Mr Phillips is trying to crack a difficult and important nut – securing the deeper integration of three million people.
Fogettaboudit. Won’t happen.
I raise it because I am more interested in genuine solutions. People bleating “we must defend Britain’s values” is all well and good, but British Muslims have learned nothing from this programme. Nothing at all, with one exception: that they are totally “other” from the rest of the nation.
Obviously, Muslims in Britain have nothing to learn from any programme, because their program is Islam.
You can’t shame people into change. Nowhere in history has this short-sighted approach worked.
Muslims have no shame, they have Islam. There is no shame in Islam.
If you want, as I do, to change the minds of the four per cent of polled Muslims who have sympathy with suicide bombers, or the large number who don’t think Muslims should do more to tackle the causes of extremism, you don’t do it this way.
The “causes of extremism” are Islam. You tackle it by reducing it to a minimum, not by pandering to it.
It is achieved by the government working effectively with the leaders of communities facing such challenges.
Islam is divisive, pointing it out is not. Islam hates the infidel, and Muslims isolate themselves to not become like infidels. The British gov’t has tried everything and panders enough to Muslims already.
In this case, the often criticised Muslim Council of Britain, is the Government’s partner – as are those leading the schools, mosques and charities working with British Muslims.
Beyond absurd. The often criticised Muslim Council of Britain is the enemy of Britain.
As a taxpayer, I want to see politicians getting “muscular” within communities where terrorism is tolerated. Really I do.
Every Muslim is a soldier of Allah. Terror is part of the religion. That has to be understood. Emma Barnett is far from understanding anything.
But TV programmes like this, pumped full of divisive rhetoric, devoid of solutions or context, will only cause more hatred and isolation. They certainly won’t “start a conversation”.
Islam divides the world in believer and unbeliever. islam is full of ‘divisive rhetoric. Islam creates hatred and isolation. The time for conversations is over. The solution is less Islam and more Britain.