Here is an illustration of Emanuele Ottolenghi’s prediction that in Europe, “freedom will be curtailed to protect intolerant cultures and communities. Citizens will grow increasingly alienated from this state of affairs. They will vent their frustration by supporting extremist political groups, or by taking justice into their own hands and unleashing violence against the minorities they resent.”
It’s a vicious circle: the media and government elites in Europe have tagged any discussion of the presence of jihadist sentiments in European mosques as racist. This silences many decent people who might otherwise have spoken out, and leaves the field to … actual racists such as the BNP. That in turn reinforces the caricature of the elites, and further chills rational debate.
From This Is South Wales, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
Racists have launched a vicious hate campaign in Swansea to protest against the opening of a new mosque. Thousands of leaflets have been pushed through letter boxes in the Sandfields area of the city to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment, it is claimed.
The area has been targeted by doorstep campaigners from the British National Party because of plans to open a new mosque in St Helen’s Road.
Activists from the party found out about the plan to convert the old St Andrews United Reformed Church from a leading Islamic website.
The building is currently derelict after it was gutted by arsonists two years ago. Conversion into a mosque would save it from being pulled down….
Unite spokesman Jane Richmond said today: “This is simply an attempt to persecute Muslims.
“We have seen precisely the same tactic before. There of course not a grain of truth in it.
“The conversion of a derelict church to a Mosque not only saves a building but keeps it for the use it was intended, that is as a place of worship.
“We will not let this attempt to scapegoat Muslims go unchallenged.
“We call on all those who wish to ensure that the BNP and others like them fail in their attempt to bring racism to Swansea to join us in this campaign.”