Have you ever experienced this?
You’re sitting in a bar, enjoying a drink and some engaging chat, with all concerned explaining how they can put the world to rights. Opinions begin to fly.
A comment is made about Muslims and Islam; an honest view, and not in a positive sense either. There’s a quiet, palpable sense of tension in the air…
– And someone looks around to make sure there are no witnesses. I call this, “The Flinch.”
I would put money on the table in front of you right now to bet that you’ve experienced this, wondering after, “Why did I feel uncomfortable? I live in a democracy when free speech is a basic right, so why should I feel this way?”
We’re all fully aware of the climate of terror engendered by Islamic radicals on a global scale; certainly in its tangible forms. But there’s a far more insidious and intangible influence which, intertwined with their vile rhetoric, is more dangerous; reaching beyond the conflict zones and straight into our collective psyche.
We’ve provided the pathway for it, and it’s called political correctness.
I personally have no time for such a notion; it being in my mind, a distinct imposition of views by an out-of-touch, meddling section of society on the public. But it exists, and is now so deeply rooted that it will never be restrained. Here, we are subjected to a constant imposition of views and mores by Islamic radicals, who show no compunction in ignoring Western values; being wholly intent on religious conversion by any means, be it fair or foul. Quite rightly, most people find such behaviour abhorrent, but feel that to openly express an opinion condemning such actions only creates trouble for themselves.
Why should we have to be this way? We don’t have to-I don’t live that way, and you don’t have to either. After all, we do have enough reminders as to why ordinary, decent law-abiding people should stand their ground and raise their voices in protest, don’t we?
Events such as:
- Hard-line Muslims protesting against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons swarmed over a statue of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery earlier this month. The show of disrespect to one of Britain’s greatest heroes in the war against Nazi suppression of freedom came as more than 1,000 Muslims demonstrated in London against ‘offensive’ caricatures of the prophet and free speech in general.
- Islamic extremists have attempted in the past to initiate poster campaigns across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up. Communities were bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’ The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen across certain boroughs in London and order that in the ‘zone’ there should be ‘no gambling’, ‘no music or concerts’, ‘no drugs or smoking’ and ‘no alcohol’. The apparent intent is to specifically target Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the UK in order to sow the seeds for an Islamic Emirate in the future.
- The horrifying spectacle of the Rotherham child grooming scandal, where in the course of its investigation, victims were threatened or ignored, whistleblowers driven out of their jobs, and police unwilling to act for fear of being branded ‘racist’ amidst a culture of bullying and misplaced political correctness. When eventually concluded, the public enquiry highlighted failings of public duty on a truly epic scale, in a town where at least 1,400 children were sexually abused between 1997 and 2013; mainly by Muslim men, protected by a pernicious modern doctrine of political correctness, which holds that law-breakers from ethnic minorities must be treated with kid gloves.
We’re all part of a collective failure here, forced to constantly look the other way for fear of being branded a racist, and upsetting community cohesion in a wider culture gripped by terrifying group-think. Blanket protection is given to ethnic minorities with said groups being placed beyond criticism and driven by a terror of the perceived minority in question.
Such a scenario is shameful, and the peace-loving majority of people must become vociferous in promoting global civility and responsible debate. Express your opinion, and don’t suppress it to follow the other sheep in the flock.
And never flinch from saying the truth.