Apparently the San Bernardino killer had had arguments with a Jewish colleague over religion, not an uncommon situation throughout the world. He and his wife then decided to wreak havoc and slaughter 14 innocent people because he perceived that he had been insulted.
As a secularist myself I have had very strong (and heated) debates with those that follow various belief systems, this is the kind of thing that happens in a free thinking democracy but which is a complete anathema to the followers of islam. I may fundamentally disagree with someones belief system but that doesn’t prompt me to go home, arm myself to the teeth and then go out and murder fourteen innocent people simply because they do not think as I do.
It seems that ANY criticism / opposition to Islam tends to end up in death……Charlie Hebdo, London 7/7, Madrid station bombings, Bali bombings of bars, Bangladeshi secular blogger murdered, 59 pupils shot and burned by Boko Haram in Nigeria, 81 choristers and children killed by suicide bomber at Protestant Church in Pakistan………the list could go on and on.
Yet we are consistently peddled the line that islam (I refuse to dignify this religion by using a capital letter) is a religion of peace. As the saying goes “not all muslims are terrorists, but 99% of terrorists are muslims”
I note also that many of the “leftie” apologisers for ISIS go on about foreign policy and the numbers of innocent civilians killed in various middle eastern conflicts involving the west. What they usually leave out is that approximately 95% of muslims killed in these conflicts have been killed by other muslims which highlights the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia factions of islam (think protestant and catholic for a comparison but much worse). This has been around for centuries and shows no sign of the conflict abating.
For a society to function effectively in any sort of way, there has to be mutual respect between those who fundamentally disagree on issues of belief. It seems that we in the UK are very good at bending over backwards to respect the beliefs of others (and we have a proud history of this) yet there are those who come to the UK (and some even born here) who do not see any need to conform to the cultural norms and values of this is country and indeed expect us to change to meet their demands.
There is a simple answer, if they do not like our country, its culture and values then a quick trip to Heathrow to catch a flight to a country that is more in keeping with their religious and cultural practices should be the order of the day.
I was doing some research there other day and came across this article from the Daily Telegraph in 2005 in the wake of the 7/7 atrocities, of which I publish an extract:-
” The group portrait of British Muslims painted by YouGov’s survey for The Daily Telegraph is at once reassuring and disturbing, in some ways even alarming. The vast majority of British Muslims condemn the London bombings but a substantial minority are clearly alienated from modern British society and some are prepared to justify terrorist acts.
The divisions within the Muslim community go deep. Muslims are divided over the morality of the London bombings, over the extent of their loyalty to this country and over how Muslims should respond to recent events. Most Muslims are evidently moderate and law-abiding but by no means all are.
YouGov sought to gauge the character of the Muslim community’s response to the events of July 7. As the figures in the chart show, 88 per cent of British Muslims clearly have no intention of trying to justify the bus and Tube murders.
However, six per cent insist that the bombings were, on the contrary, fully justified. Six per cent may seem a small proportion but in absolute numbers it amounts to about 100,000 individuals who, if not prepared to carry out terrorist acts, are ready to support those who do
Moreover, the proportion of YouGov’s respondents who, while not condoning the London attacks, have some sympathy with the feelings and motives of those who carried them out is considerably larger – 24 per cent.
We are now in 2015 and it would seem that a significant number within the muslim community still have little or no affinity with the UK or its values, hence the people going to join ISIS from the UK.
Until islam drags itself into the 21st century and embraces a multicultural / faith world, respects people of all creed and belief, then the conflict with, and mistrust of islam will continue.
This was publicised in various newspapers and media outlets yesterday:-
Ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie spoke at London’s Goldsmiths College on the topic “Apostasy, blasphemy and free expression in the age of ISIS,” and her talk was repeatedly disrupted by Muslim students. Namazie has worked tirelessly for human rights and against their abrogation by some Muslims, concentrating especially on Islamic oppression of women. It’s thus ironic that her talk at Goldsmith’s was opposed by the college Feminist Society, which aligned itself with ISOC, Goldsmith’s Islamic Society.
It seems that muslims and misguided feminists at the university consider any criticism if islam as “hate speech”………this is what we are up against………………………..