David Cameron’s Extremism Speech
By Martha Van Der Pol
Maajid Nawaz, self avowedly an ex-extremist, now advises David Cameron on tackling extremism.
His key message to the PM is that a distinction MUST be drawn between Islam and Islamism. The former being a religion ‘much like any other’, and the latter being that evil -ism which is leading thousands of Muslims to join ISIS or take innocent infidel lives in some other way as ‘Lone Wolves’ around the world.
Yet – there is no such distinction between Islam and Islamism in reality – despite what our Muslim friends at Quilliam would like us to believe. Muslims who decide to blow people up do so for Islam – because they follow in the prophet Muhammad’s ‘teachings’ that:
Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
Note that the martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.
By relying on Muslim apologists for Islam, such as Maajid Nawaz, the PM is still kowtowing to Islam. This argument masks the truth that the cause of ‘extremism’ and ‘Jihad’ is simply Islam – NOT some imaginary new doctrine called ‘Islamism’. The terror threat we face, the battle we fight is against Muslims who decide to read the core texts of Islam literally – NOT with some new-fangled group of ‘Islamists’.
The distinction is completely dishonest – Muslims have been behaving just like ISIS since the days of Muhammad – where the Muslim ‘prophet’ led looting expeditions and ordered massacres of Jews. Muslims have been conquering vast swathes of land through the sword ever since. The last Muslim Caliphate before ISIS only died in 1922 – the Ottoman Empire.
The threat we face today is not a new threat – Islam has been intolerant, hateful and violent since inception. What is however new is that we are now funding this terror by buying Arab oil and allowing Muslim hate preachers and foreign Muslims with no desire to integrate to live and behave like 7th Century Arabs in the West.
The Prime Minister needs to face up to the fact – criticism of Islam is not akin to Nazi-era Jew hate – this ‘far-right’ threat he talks of in his speech is in fact Islam. There is criticism of Islam itself, which Muslims like Nawaz would like to set up as ‘bigotry’ – yet whilst some bacon may be thrown at a Mosque by some misguided ‘extreme’ critics of Islam, it is not we who criticise Islam who are advocating ‘Death to Jews and Homosexuals‘. It is Muslims who do that.
It is because Muslims are the threat that Westerners now cannot holiday in Muslim nations like Tunisia for fear of being gunned down – by Muslims. It is Muslims who chose to gun down cartoonists and Jews in Paris and Copenhagen this very year. It was Muslims who killed thousands on 9/11 and 7/7. It is quite clearly Muslims behaving like Nazis today in eradicating all ‘infidels’ in ISIS controlled areas, and it was Muslims who persecuted Jews so much after the establishment of Israel that they had to move to Israel and there are now barely any Jews living in Muslim lands.
It was Muslims who established an Empire in India and forcibly converted Hindus and Buddhists, eventually leading to the establishment of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It is Muslims deciding to act on Islamic hatred which are being arrested at the rate of one a day for threatening all of us – including Jews.
Anyone who tries to compare criticism of Islam with the far-right and Nazism therefore is completely fraudulent – critics of Islam are found amongst Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Atheists of all races. The fact that Islam makes Muslims behave badly does not make extremists of those of us who are brave enough to say so. We who criticise Islam risk death – because Muslims do not take kindly to criticism – which is why ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi-Ali needs constant protection for speaking out about her old faith.
Islam receives special protection as a religion – but its principles and values are so inherently counter to our own in the West that this status should be revisited. Its history is of conquest, brutality and war, oppression of women and non-believers, death to gays and apostates. This is why Muslim nations fare so badly today – apart from selling oil there is little productive coming from them as Islam is rigidly imposed, 50% of the population are not allowed to work and teaching centres around Islamic texts only. Boko Haram in Nigeria has as a central paradigm to destroy Western Education as being counter to Islam. Pakistan had Malala Yousafzai the young student shot in the head for the ‘sin’ of being female and going to school.
There are serious problems in the whole of Islam – which Muslims have to resolve by themselves. The idea that when they come to our nations in the West to live immediately all these intolerances and prejudices magically vanish is complete madness. Clearly, as time and again we hear how young Muslims are ‘radicalised’ in Mosques, at University and at home – we see an underworld of Islam far removed from the fluffy and modern vision apologists of Islam like Nawaz would present. Islam has not changed for 1400 years – merely the methods chosen by Muslims to establish Muslim power have changed. This is why there are several towns in the UK which are mostly Muslim – which non-Muslims flee from.
My friend who was abused for over 20 years by Muslim men and is too afraid to tell the police because her family have been threatened knows this all too well. Ex-Muslims who are routinely threatened and ostracised by their own communities know this too. It is time David Cameron made it his business to know it. And he won’t do so by listening to Muslims, as any honest appraisal of the threat to our nation’s security must look at Islam’s history of violent conquest and the violence within its core texts. This is what inspires Muslims to Jihad – not a mis-reading of Islam but a reading that is too close. They are not mistaken about their faith – they are simply too correct.
David Cameron would do far better to listen to those of us calling for stronger action against ISLAM as a whole than to Muslim apologists who may talk the good talk but ultimately are trying to let Islam off the hook. For how can Islam be peace when there are countless unambiguous exhortations to violence like this one:
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Certainly, not all Muslims join ISIS – but if all Muslims are not like ISIS it is because some are good people inherently – and either ignore the violence exhorted by Islam or are unaware of it. For if Muslims took the orders of their religion literally they WOULD all be like ISIS. So do not judge Islam by the actions of the nice, secular Muslims you know – they are only able to be so by ignoring the hundreds of calls to violence, hatred and intolerance in Islam’s core texts. The fact that the acts of Islamic terrorists are literally a daily event worldwide means we do not always join the dots – these are all Muslims who have read the SAME books as any other Muslim – they are not mad or ‘radicalised’ – they are simply good followers of Muhammad who was himself a warlord with 11 wives and who looted caravans and had sex with his slaves.
That is why ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks are so frequent and unstoppable – ANY Muslim can decide to take Islam literally – because that is what they are MEANT to do, as good Muslims.
I started the petition to demand David Cameron Examines Islam specifically because he is not addressing the core motivation for all the hatred and violence committed by Muslims. Islam instructs Muslims to hate all infidels – and since this is still a Christian nation, perhaps David Cameron ought to consider what that instruction means in terms of our national security, let alone good old community cohesion.
Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward ”
This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes.
Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah”
Martha Van der Pol