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Social cohesion - excluding Muslims
Several UK newspapers last month published thinking of a scenario where Muslim majority own house in order’. And what sort of suffering
alarmist stories based upon a new report entitled countries were under attack by hostile forces. did Amis have in mind? In his own words, ‘Not
Islam on Campus by the Centre for Social After all, Islam is not a pacifist religion and allows letting them travel. Deportation - further down
Cohesion and a YouGov poll also commissioned the use of violence to defend oneself and one’s the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Strip-searching
by the CfSC. The website of the CfSC explains family, property and homeland. people who look like they’re from the Middle East
its purpose as trying to generate: “new thinking The director of the Centre for Social Cohesion or from Pakistan ... Discriminatory stuff, until it
that can help bring Britain’s ethnic and religious is an excitable chap called Douglas Murray. hurts the whole community and they start getting
communities closer together while strengthening He wrote a book a couple of years back called tough with their children.’.
British traditions of openness, tolerance and Neoconservatism: Why We Need It. More Come on Mr Murray, surely you can match
democracy.” pertinent to this, he has publicly expressed views that?
The headlines included “A third of Muslim about Muslims that give us a better idea of what “And of course it should go without saying that
students back killings (Sunday Times), One third he understands by “social cohesion”. Muslims in Europe who for any reason take part
of British Muslim students say it’s acceptable to In a February 2006 speech entitled What Are in, plot, assist or condone violence against the
kill for Islam” (London Evening Standard) and We To Do About Islam? delivered at the Pim west (not just the country they happen to have
“Killing for religion is justified, say third of Muslim Fortuyn Memorial Conference in The Hague, found sanctuary in, but any country in the west or
students” (Sunday Telegraph). Murray asked: western troops) must be forcibly deported back
You can see how these headlines are designed “Why is it that time and again the liberal west is to their place of origin.”
to bring people ‘closer together’ can’t you? crumpling before the violence, intimidation and But of course. And what about those Muslims
Now I have blogged previously on Cif about thuggery of Islam?” who are born in Europe and have European
my misgivings concerning the “findings” of Ah, those liberals, eh? So what did Murray citizenship but are convicted of terror-related
several agenda-driven outfits falsely posing as propose to do then? acts, should we treat them like other criminals or
thinktanks and this particular case has proved “I promised to propose some of the solutions to can we be a little bit more stern?
to be no different. A look at the YouGov poll this problem ...” “Where a person was born in the west, they
revealed that a far more ambiguous question Oh good, so let’s hear your number one option. should be deported to the country of origin of
was actually posed to the Muslim students who “All immigration into Europe from Muslim their parent or grandparent.”
took part in the survey. The question was: countries must stop.” Mr Murray, you appear to have planned for
Is it ever justifiable to kill in the name of Now we’re getting somewhere! Are all black everything! A solution for every eventuality.
religion? people to be excluded too, or would advocating Almost a final solution one might say! How about
The responses were as follows: that position more obviously contravene our those Muslims who are overseas though. Can’t
Yes in order to preserve and promote that racial discrimination laws? Yes, I think it might, we do something about them too?
religion (4%) so perhaps it is best to stick to Muslims. Anything “Abroad we must continue our work at taking
Yes but only if that religion is under attack (28%) else you have in mind? the war to the terrorists. We are winning that war,
No it is never justifiable (53%) “Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be and we should extend that war.”
Not sure (15%) made harder across the board: Europe must Yes, social cohesion, you say. You know I think
Are the results really that surprising given that look like a less attractive proposition.” I understand just exactly what you mean.
“Yes, but only if that religion is under attack” A prophet! You appear to have anticipated
can bear so many different meanings? Now Martin Amis’s outburst in which during a ‘thought-
it is very likely that the vast majority of those experiment’ he advocated that the Muslim Inayat Bunglawala
who answered ‘yes’ to the above question were community be made to suffer ‘until it gets its is a well-known Muslim activist
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