Warning: this post contains black/military humour
I know we live in an era when to offend is to all but commit a crime, but I’m going to risk offending a few folk anyway (stuff it, I’m too old to care).
If the ongoing incident on London Bridge turns out to be a terrorist incident then I would say (a) don’t worry, be happy: the (Labour) Mayor of London (whose boss, the Leader of the Labour Party hangs out with terrorists, by the way) said that getting killed and maimed is just part and parcel of life in a British city nowadays, and I would also say (b) Islam is the religion of peace; so, whatever is going on on London Bridge, it can’t be anything at all, whatsoever, not in a 1,000 years be anything at all, ever, to do with Islam as such. So that’s OK.
It’s just some nutter who has no Islamic influence on his life at all, absolutely none at all to speak of, that is. The guy’s just killing a few people in keeping with the Mayor’s policy on dealing with Islamic fundamentalism as it affects British people living in cities and stuff; it’s like a part-and-parcel thing. But it’s got nothing to do with Islam being embedded in our society, or open borders, or #refugeeswelcomehere, or anything like that, OK? Got that?
That said, if it turns out that there is no incident on London Bridge, or it turns out to be some White Van Man – like a joiner or somebody – who’s had a few too many bevvies after work before losing control of his Transit then I rescind all the above and cry, ‘Heil The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and that nice Mr Corbyn!’, and I also cry enthusiastically, ‘Allahu Akbar!’
In case you’re wondering, I’ve not had a drink this evening because I’ve been the Dad Taxi. But I am getting a bit pissed off with our politicians telling us that Islam is the religion of peace and you or I can be arrested for declaring our hatred of its pernicious influence on our way of life. Indeed, sod it, we appear to be being slaughtered on our own streets in the name of Islam. I mean this isn’t Kabul, or Tripoli, or Baghdad or Raqqa or wherever; it’s London FFS. There, sorry if I’ve offended you. I’m off to bed now and will catch up on all the #hopenothate #notallmuslims #inthistogether #islammeanspeace #lightacandle #hugyourteddy etc etc crap in the morning – all being ably and enthusiastically purveyed by the BBC. Nighty night …
I tried to use black, military humour as best I could here. We need to open up a full, frank and forensic analysis of the pros and cons of Islam in our society. Not ‘radical Islam’, or, ‘Hard Islam’, or ‘Soft Islam’ (the politicos are trying that one with Brexit), or ‘Islamic fundamentalism’, or ‘Islamic Jihad’, but Islam. We need to take the religion of Islam off its pedestal, take off our kid gloves, lambast and ridicule Islam, draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, bring the Enlightenment to bear on Islam, scrub bandying about the preposterous term ‘hate crime’ and move to eliminate (rather than protect and promote) the Medieval, politico-religious creed that is a cancer in our society – before it eliminates us. Forget ‘moderate Islam’ and ‘radical Islam’ – we need to talk about Islam. Full stop. Every day we don’t discuss Islam, we move a day closer to the Caliphate. It’s not difficult …
Like I said in the wake of the Manchester Arena slaughter, we need a change of attitude.
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