Good morning good my countrymen! (And everyone else of course!)
It’s such a a lovely day: the sun is out and it’s a beautiful sight outside. It’s a bit cold, but it feels just like an energizing day today! I have really learn to appreciate mondays, they are a perfect start of the week and vital to your motivation the rest of the week.
I’m not entirely sure what I’m having for breakfast, so probably it’s going to be a brunch or something. But I have had a mug of tea and that’s perfect at the moment. Whilst I’m enjoying my earl grey tea, I’m reading the papers and searching for something interesting to think about. It sounds a bit forced, but when I find something interesting I want to know more of it. It makes me want to investigate or research the matter and that makes me happy in a way.I’ve taken an interest in the matter of islamophobia. It has grown over the last year and the majority of the muslims have nothing to do with it. Still the media makes the gap bigger and bigger. Muslims in Europe are feeling less welcome and due the recent attacks in Paris, this will be become a bigger problem.
Is islamophobia the same as the fear of the islam and muslims? That’s my question. The growing hate is no islamophobia, it’s the consequence of it.
In Boris Johnson’s ‘Have I got views for you’, I came across something very interesting. Not because it’s the truth or false, but it made me really think about the role of the media.
“What makes modern Islam so politically troublesome is that some Muslims can be induced to take offence not just at an insult to Islam, but at any injustice suffered by one of their co-rekgionists, and it is this deep personal sense of outrage – scarcely explicable to our post-enlightenment souls – that helps the whacko imams to warp the alienated young men into becoming suicide bombers; and that is why we are now so desperately using new law to trammel what non-muslims can say about Islam, and what Muslims can say about their own religion.”
“…The real problem is the fear of Islam; not Islamophobia, but fear of discussing the good and bas in that religion without giving offense. It should be part of the general long-term program of winning back disaffected British Muslims (or any other country) that they no longer feel that it is Islam which exclusively defines them, and therefore that any insult to Islam is an insult to their whole being.
That is why we need to begin the re-Britannification; and part of being British is recognizing that this is a free country, in which people can have frank views about religion. Militant Islam has been shielded from proper discussion by cowardice, political correctness and a racist assumption that we should privilege the beliefs of a minority. It’s time the discussion was opened up not just to reason, but to reason’s greatest ally, humor. Instead of banning the discussion of te 72 virgins of paradise, the alleged meed of the suicide bomber, would it not be much more efficient to make fun of this ludicrous claim?
When is Little Britain going to do a sketch, starring Matt Lucas as one of the virgins? Islam will only be truly acculturated to our way of life when you could expect a Bradford audience to roll in the aisles at Monty Python’s Life of Mohammed; and when an unintentionally offensive newspaper article about Islam is requited not with death threats but with the exasperated but essentially kindly letters one might expect from Christians.
We have a long way to go, but the first step is to stop treating this subject as so terrifying that it cannot be satirised. Some things may be sacred, but they are no less sacred for being made the object of good-natured humor; and if that is frivolity, it is frivolity with a deeply serious intent.”
It is a somewhat controversial chapter in his book, but his own views obviously. I think he has some good points though, but the thing I love about it is the thing about humour. It is absolutely vital in my opinion.
I hope you will think about the situation too, where ever you are. Accepting everything is not always that good of a plan.
‘Ave a good one! – ML