The jizya is flowing. But what will the recipients give the UK for all the money? An end to Islamic supremacist sentiments in Britain? Highly doubtful, since they won’t even admit that Islamic supremacism exists at all.
Meanwhile, if the other religious groups in Britain want to get Â£70m from the government, it’s an easy thing: get some of their members to blow some things up, claim that you can’t work against this sort of thing without large sums of money from the government, and the cash will start flowing.
“Muslim groups get Â£70m to tackle extremism,” by Joanna Sugden in the TimesOnline (thanks to WriterMom):
Muslim groups will receive Â£70 million in Government funds to help tackle extremism in “ungoverned spaces” such as internet chat rooms and snooker halls.
Hazel Blears, Communities Secretary, said that the money will be targeted at Muslim communities and rejected suggestions that the funding discriminated against other faith groups.
Speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio this morning, Ms Blears defended the Government’s decision to give the cash to Muslim rather than Christian or Jewish groups. “There is support for faiths across Government, but let’s be honest about this – what we are about is saying that we have a problem of radicalisation and extremism in a small minority of areas and communities.” Ms Blears said that it was the job of Government to support minority groups and enable them to be more resilient.
A small minority, yes, but still at least Â£70m big.
In a speech today the minister will make her first foray into tackling radicalisation and extremism in the community. She will announce plans to “beat the terrorists at their own game” by extending the fight against terrorism to gyms, cafes and the internet where increasingly-sophisticated techniques are used to recruit youngsters.
Ms Blears said: “This is a generational issue. We have got to get to young people – five to 15-year-olds, as well as the teenagers who are currently being targeted – and strengthen their resilience, so that they can say to the extremists “I am comfortable with being a Muslim in Britain today and I want no part of it”.”
No, it’s an ideological issue, and until Blears and Co. recognize that, all the money they throw at the problem will accomplish nothing.