No one can have missed the appalling slaughter of journalists / staff working for the French magazine Charlie Hebdo by Islamic gunmen. Their apparent crime was to publish a satirical edition about the prophet muhammed some time ago now. Their offices were fire bombed but fortunately no one was injured on that occasion.
What is it about followers of Islam that they believe they have a divine right to impose their way of thinking on other member of society? Why do they feel they have licence to go out and kill people simply because someone has made fun of their religion. The satirical magazine in question has a long history of criticising virtually every religion, political parties of right and left and anything else that takes their fancy.
As someone put it on the radio today “the nearest we have in the UK is Private Eye, but it is far less critical than its French counterpart” (and is run in the main by ex public schoolboys who have little or no experience of mainstream society e.g. Ian Hislop).
It is not that long ago that a Danish satirical magazine published cartoons of the prophet muhammed which immediately drew a response from muslims to kill the publishers, Danish embassies were attacked throughout the world and there was an international Islamic call to boycott all Danish goods and services.
Here in the UK we are well familiar with this kind of behaviour by muslims in the wake of the fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie to kill him because of the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses.”
It seems that whenever muslims move to another country, and particularly Western European nations, the expectation is that the home country will adapt and change to meet the “requirements” of islam and this unfortunately, has been bought by many on the “left” in the UK in the name of “multiculturalism”…………we have since reaped the consequences of this, 7/7, Lee Rigby, Trojan Horse Schools, Rotherham Child abuse, Derby Child abuse,………………..
We have a long history in the UK (and the west) of welcoming immigrants and asylum seekers over several hundred years. Many have come and adapted to the British way of life whilst retaining their historical identity but it seems that there is a strain of Islam that cannot (or will not) recognise that it is up to them to adapt to the ways and cultural norms of the host country, not the other way around.
It will be interesting to see how the BBC handles this story as they usually tip toe around any issue relating to islam and no doubt we will have Nicky (Abdul) Campbell on the radio tomorrow stating that this is not representative of Islam and he will “fawn” over any muslim that rings in.