“Home Secretary Theresa May said non-violent extremism could not go ‘uncontested’ as it led to the erosion of women’s rights, the spread of intolerance and bigotry and the separation of some communities ‘from the mainstream.’ She said that applied to neo-Nazi extremism just as much as Islamist doctrine.”
There is a global threat from Islamic jihadists, and a very severe jihad threat within Britain itself. To equate this with a minuscule threat from a handful of neo-Nazi nutjobs (who should, of course, be combated in any case, however much she exaggerates the threat they pose) shows how deeply May and the entire Cameron government are beholden to Islamic supremacists who will pillory the government as “racist,” “bigoted” and “Islamophobic” if it speaks too forthrightly and honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat.
Of course, May is not just speaking about real neo-Nazis. She also almost certainly is lumping in all opponents of jihad terror that she and her government consider to be “right-wing” with neo-Nazis, and in that she has behind her a series of libels from groups such as Fiyaz Mughal’s Faith Matters, the hard-Left Hope Not Hate and the Communist anti-Semite Maryam Namazie’s One Law For All to abet and appear to buttress this mischaracterization. May and her government have ruled all honest discussion about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism out of the bounds of acceptable discourse, and put in the place of that honest discussion the prevailing fantasies about how Islam is a Religion of Peace and groups such as the Islamic State are not Islamic.
She is, in other words, smearing an honest and realistic response to the jihad threat as “neo-Nazi” and enforcing falsehoods about “Islamist extremism” that will hamstring, and ultimately doom to failure, her government’s attempts to combat it.
Future generations of free Britons, if there are any, will condemn her and her boss Cameron as naive fantasists whose draconian measures against counter-jihadists and blind eye to jihad activity within Britain (except in the most egregious cases) doomed Britain to years of bloodshed and chaos.
Even so, Islamic supremacists are still not satisfied: they want even more appeasement and surrender. “But Muslim leaders warned the strategy ‘continues down a flawed path’ and risks ‘alienating’ Muslims in the UK.”
“Counter-extremism: May targets ‘all those who spread hate,'” BBC, October 19, 2015 (thanks to Lookmann):
The home secretary has vowed to “systematically confront and challenge extremist ideology” as she detailed new curbs on those who “spread hate”.
Radical preachers will be banned from posting material online and anyone with convictions for extremist activity will be barred from working with children.
Deradicalisation classes will be made mandatory for others deemed a threat.
But Muslim leaders warned the strategy “continues down a flawed path” and risks “alienating” Muslims in the UK.
Also among the measures within the counter-extremism strategy are:
A full review of public institutions such as schools, further and higher education colleges, local authorities, the NHS and the civil service to ensure they are protected from “entryism” – or infiltration – by extremists
An official investigation into the application of Sharia law in the UK
Extremism disruption orders to stop individuals engaging in extremist behaviour
Closure orders for law enforcement and local authorities to close down premises used to support extremism
Tougher powers for broadcasting regulator Ofcom so action can be taken against radio and television channels showing extremist content
Demands that internet service providers do more to remove extremist material and identify those responsible for it
Anyone with a conviction or civil order for extremist activity will also be automatically barred from working with children and vulnerable people
Prime Minister David Cameron said the plan would work because it was “comprehensive” .
“It’s no good leaving this simply to the police or the intelligence services. It’s no good simply talking about violent extremism. We need to confront all extremism,” he said.
He said its effectiveness would be measured by whether people were being turned away from extremism, stopped from travelling to fight for IS, and by having “more cohesive and integrated communities”.
Home Secretary Theresa May said non-violent extremism could not go “uncontested” as it led to the erosion of women’s rights, the spread of intolerance and bigotry and the separation of some communities “from the mainstream”.
She said that applied to neo-Nazi extremism just as much as Islamist doctrine.
The Muslim Council of Britain has released a highly-critical statement in response to the plans.
Secretary general Dr Shuja Shafi said the strategy would “reinforce perceptions that all aspects of Muslim life must undergo a ‘compliance’ test to prove our loyalty to this country”.
“These measures could be seen more as a means to address the anxieties a minority of people may have against Muslims and their religious life, rather than the scourge of terrorism itself,” he said.
Dr Shafi also said he detected “McCarthyist undertones” in the plans to create blacklists and exclude and ban people those deemed to be extremists.
Mr Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said the announcement was a “missed opportunity to really engage the Muslim community”.
But Fiyaz Mughal, director of the interfaith Faith Matters organisation, said…