David Cameron: Anti-Islam Propaganda, The EDL And Muslim Terrorists
“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism. Let’s properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?”
“These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values”
The Reactions and News Coverage:
The Ramadhan Foundation said that, by singling out Muslims, Mr Cameron had fed “hysteria and paranoia”.
Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said: “British Muslims abhor terrorism and extremism and we have worked hard to eradicate this evil from our country. But to suggest that we do not sign up to the values of tolerance, respect and freedom is deeply offensive and incorrect.” – BBC
Inayat Bunglawala, chair of an anti-extremist group called Muslims4Uk, said: “Mr Cameron’s remarks are ill-judged and deeply patronising. The overwhelming majority of UK Muslims are proud to be British and are appalled by the antics of a tiny group of extremists and so will hardly be pleased with his lecture on integration. – Guardian
The Prime Minister will stress that right-wing extremists and Christian fundamentalist preachers of hate must also be condemned, they said. He will also insist that a clear distinction must be made between the religion of Islam and the political ideology of Islamist extremism. It is wrong to link strong religious faith with radicalism “as if all devout Muslims must be extremist”, Mr Cameron will say.
“This is wrong. Someone can be a devout Muslim and not be an extremist. We need to be clear: Islamist extremism and Islam are not the same thing.” – Sky News
It’s an attempt to put clear blue water between the Coalition and the Labour Party on an issue other than how best to tackle the deficit. – Toby Young
DAVID Cameron has been accused of producing propaganda for the far-right by claiming Britain has been too “tolerant” of extreme Muslim beliefs. He will tell a security summit in Munich that Islamist militants have flourished here, with some Muslim groups “showered with public money despite doing little to combat extremism”. It comes as the far-right English Defence League is due to march again in Luton. Sadiq Khan, a prominent Muslim Labour MP, accused the PM of “writing propaganda for the EDL”. – James Lyons, Daily Mirror
Mr Cameron’s speech to the Munich Security Conference comes as the inquest continues into the 7/7 outrages. – The Sun
The Enemy Within
A WAVE of homegrown suicide bombers is ready to attack the UK, says MI6. Our security services fear a new generation of British jihadists, according to WikiLeaks files. MI6 believe trained suicide operatives, like the July 7 bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan, exist under the radar and will “not go away any time soon”. The revelation came as PM David Cameron, 44, was due to give a rallying cry for Britain to confront Islamic extremism. – Gary Nicks, Daily Star
THE PM will today scream what every sensible Brit suspects – but no political leader has so far even dared to whisper. By saying that not everything must be tolerated in a proudly liberal and democratic society like ours, David Cameron is grasping the politically-correct nettle firmly with both hands. To do that is brave – and makes today’s speech the best of his nine-month premiership so far. There are immense risks in speaking out – and not least in bringing up the tinderbox issue of how races are treated differently. Then again, Mr Cameron has never liked an easy life. – Tom Newton-Dunn, The Sun
The truth is that Britain has had too little multiculturalism. And serious multiculturalism requires policies such as the “racial identity nurturing” to be found in schools with large black populations. This shows black kids other options than rap music, boxing, drug-dealing or other crime. It also shows them black physicists, doctors and businessmen as role models who motivate pupils to do much better at school. Lifting ethnic minorities out of poverty is the way forward, not finger-wagging.
Such kids form relationships that spill over into the wider community. One school in Moss Side in Manchester has 37 nationalities. Black children there do Irish dancing, and white kids play in a Jamaican steel band. There are similar projects in the Asian communities in Oldham and Leicester. – Paul Vallely, Independent
He blames Islamist doctrine – the political ideology advocated by the Muslim Brotherhood under the cloak, or rather the veil, of religion – as the bad thought from which bad actions naturally spring. It fills the dangerous vacuum created by multi-culturalism. Paranoia about Western governments, anti-Semitism, the oppression of women – all these things fire up young men with hatred of a society they are taught to see as decadent. Soon they are only the click of a mouse away from people who will teach them how to blow themselves up on a crowded train. – Charles Moore, Telegraph