If Paul Nuttall is struggling to find the right words to enunciate the real effects of Islamation on our way of life he could not do better than quote Michael Nazir – Ali the former Bishop of Rochester whose article in Saturday`s Daily Telegraph detailed a very explicit warning of the dangers not just of direct terrorist threats, but went on to describe events that many on UKIP Daily members have been urging him to take on board as one of UKIP`s prime purposes
True Social Cohesion Lies in Reformed Islam
Only by tackling the influence of religious radicals can we hope to defeat hatred and division
“….peaceful Muslims who have no intention to terrorise anyone
Such valid concerns should not, however lead us to neglect the profoundly religious nature of radicalisation which has led to this and other acts of terror all over the world. The Salafi-Wahhabi narrative which underlies extremism and its terrorist consequences is rooted in a selective but devoted reading of the early history and practices of the Islamic world and in a conviction that these provide a detailed agenda for `law, governance and social ordering today` (note those words they are an AGENDA)
It cannot be said that such radicalisation is taking place in the West and elsewhere only through the internet. Media technology has certainly played its part; those who are urging much more vigilance in this area are right to do so and their voices should be heard. It is also necessary however, to identify and to prevent those agents and accomplices who are promoting extremist ideology in our universities, schools and prisons as well as in the mosques and madrassas.
It is this mentality thhat has led to members of a house church in Iran being sentenced to flogging for drinking communion wine and to a poor peasant woman in Pakistan being sentenced to death for blasphemy when she was doing no more than confessing her Christian faith. The Christian Govenor of Jakarta has also been accused of blasphemy for quoting from the Koran.
Followers of the Baha`i and Ahmadiyya faiths have become non-persons in their own countries, converts to other faiths and atheists are attacked or imprisoned, women are harassed for `immodest` dress or even for moving about freely.
The whole process of radicalisation has also to be seen against this background – a generalised `noise` in and from the Islamic world. Radicals may not have come to power in more than a handful of nationd, but their baleful influence has been felt far and wide. The introduction of SHARIA, understood in its narrowesr sense, has led to the denial of freedom of thought, expression and belief through draconian laws on blasphemy and apostacy. The rights of women to education, employment and family life have been increasingly curtailed.
The history of armed jihad is glorified and the teaching of hatred of other religions and cultures has been introduced even into school textbooks, affecting almost two generations of young people. (it has certainly been UNDERVALUED)
There have of course, other significant factors in the resurgence of fundementalism, such as lack of opportunity, high unemployment and corruption. But we cannot ignore the emergence of a mentality as a result of the constant pressure exerted by the unreconstructed fundementalists. Such mentality is not limited to the Islamic world. Britain may be an island geographically, but it is certainly not one in terms of ideas ideologies and cultural and religious movements.
Quite apart from the new media, there are students, missionaries, religious teachers and leaders moving in and out of Britain all the time. The cumulative effect is to reproduce mentalities here which originated elsewhere. Studies ans surveys have shown younger people are more vulnerable to radical ideology than their elders. This is most worrying for integration and for the future of a socially cohesive society.
It is natural that in the immediate aftermath of the attack, experts should concentrate on the security aspects of the situation. This is not however, by any means only a security issue, it is also a religious and cultural one. What else then can be done.
One urgent necessity is for Muslim politicians, community and religious leaders to articulate a clear counter narrative not only to jihadism, but also to more widespread and strident calls for greater “Islamisation” of communities and societies. It is not for a non-muslim to say how they should do this but it seems quite possible for them to read their wider tradition and the work of eminent Muslim reformers in a way very different from the dominant narrative.
Along with some courageous scholars and leaders in the Muslim world, they should declare immediately their respect for freedom of religion, that there is no punishment for apostasy or blasphemy; that women are free and equal in law and that the doctrine of jihad must be understood in purely defensive terms and with protection, from their tradition which are not dissimilar to those found in criteria for a just war. Such a declaration will `detoxify` an atmosphere which has for too long been allowed to be dominated by extremist chatter.
Leadership of this kind and the government can then co-operate to make sure that such a vision of Islam heard and received in communities up and down the land. The effect on social cohesion and community harmony would be one that no programme of security, however sophisticated could deliver”
I am not saying the ex Bishop`s words tell the whole awful story, but it is a start he has at least mentioned the dread word “SHARIA” and there is precious little on enforcement and actually rooting out the purveyors in the Mosques,schools etc and chucking them out of the country and if that is impossible, jailing them.
But certainly Nuttall should use this article written by the “management” as his unchallengeable authority for opening the subject – he can add all the other unmentioned bits and pieces identified in UKIP daily to make a very strong case.