In an article published some weeks, it was reported that one of the constituents of the detrimentally normalising impact of movies likes 50 Shades of Grey on society is the effect on the young. Addiction psychotherapist Steve Pope revealed that a 12 year old client confessed to acting out scenes from the destructive movie with a girl in his local park. In a rare and frank statement on the topic of the effects of pornography, Pope said,
“It is probably one of the fastest growing areas of addiction and threats to our society known to Western culture.”
Of course, this naturally brings the discussion to how to prevent, or at least temper, the ill effects of such repugnance. “Parents must be educated” suggests the psychotherapist, and the matter should be “taken into school”.
The Trojan Hoax fiasco had a number of parties involved to pull it off. Some were merely pawns in the “Great Game”, whilst others were the ones moving the chess pieces. The sledgehammer which the neocon, anti-Islam Michael Gove smashed onto the Muslim minority of Birmingham was casted some years ago by the infamous and much discredited Quilliam Foundation. In a leaked 2010 memo addressed to Charles Farr of the OSCT, and signed off by Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam outlined its plan in “dealing” with the terror threat. The contents despite it being made public, has been remarkable in its implementation and achieving the resultant targeted discrimination the Muslim minority now faces.
In the context of the education of the sphere,
“With the appointment of Michael Gove MP, who has previously spoken out on topics related to the Prevent agenda and has shown a good understanding of the issues relating to it, to the position of Secretary of State for Education, it looks as though Prevent at DfE will continue to develop and focus on the vital counter-ideological work necessary to prevent terrorism.”
Of course, in November 2009, this “good understanding” presumably referred to an embarrassing series of blunders, when Gove helped David Cameron set up a question to the Prime Minister on “Islamic extremism”, making false claims regarding funding and inspection of Islamic schools.
Much has been happening over the past couple of months regarding the Trojan Hoax fiasco and the attack on the Muslim community of Birmingham, which has now spread to other schools in London and the north of UK.
In the last piece on the topic, I highlighted that the collateral impact of the policies forced in by the likes of anti-Muslim neocon Michael Gove had started (after Gove’s sacking in July) to be felt by Jewish and Christian schools. Questions asked of young Muslim pupils, around homosexuality, for instance, had previously gone without any concerns being raised by the wider public. Now however, such questioning by Ofsted is being regarded as “anti-Semitic” (Cristina Odone of the Legatum Institute think tank on BBC’s Question Time (05/02/2015) explicitly declared Ofsted’s questioning around homosexuality and modest dress requirement as anti-Semitic).
The truth is however, that the measures are nowhere near as discriminatory and militant as they are against schools in Muslim areas or indeed Muslim teachers. We have already witnessed how an Islamic faith school, Al-Hijrah School has been removed of its Muslim governing body and senior leadership teams to be replaced by white, non-Muslims who allegedly threaten children of decapitation without fear of sanction.
Contrary to Ian Kershaw’s (methodologically flawed) report, in the report leaking the DfE investigation into the Birmingham schools, Clarke states,
“The tactics that have been used are too similar, the individuals concerned are too closely linked and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of coordination behind what has happened.”
Interestingly, the above statement is another way of saying “we actually do not have clear, explicit evidence of takeover plot”. Despite this, I agree with Clarke’s statement – when it is applied to his little clique. Let’s apply this deduction to what happened in the government organs.
Michael Gove founded the neoconservative think-tank Policy Exchange in 2002, notorious for fabricating receipts in order to prove “extremist” material was being sold in masaajid. The report was authored by anti-Muslim Denis MacEoin who has been on record to state that he has very “negative feelings” about Islam.
Peter Clarke as early as 2008 was a member of the Advisory Council for Policy Exchange.
In 2008, at Quilliam’s launch, Michael Gove was listed as an advisor in their efforts to counter the “Islamist-Wahhabite” threat. In 2010 Gove was still listed as an advisor before the list was removed from the site for the sake of “privacy”.
O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful. (Al-Qur’an, 49:6)
In Islam we have a clear principle when we receive news. The above verse of the Qur’an outlines this principle. The exegetes of the Qur’an have indicated that the application of this verse is in the general, therefore it is applicable in the case of anyone bringing you news. The watermark of veracity increases the more questionable the individual is.
Which bring us to a particularly notorious individual who claims to be a journalist: Andrew Gilligan. Gilligan was a true journalist once upon a time, underscoring the necessity of the free press. He exposed the “sexing up” of the dossier which led to the Iraq invasion.
In recent years however, he has attacked the Muslim minority in any way he can. The tactics employed include distorting the facts of a report, and compulsively lying (there is so much on this guy I have just linked a search for “Andrew Gilligan” on the Islamophobia Watch website, here) and making unsubstantiated claims which are proven wrong. When he was supporting Boris Johnson in his campaign to become the mayor of London, he was caught “sockpuppeting” a cyber-practice where an author of a post poses as someone else and posts comments in support of the post.
How far has he fallen off his mantle of integrity. And how focussed is his obsession in demonising the Muslim minority.
It had recently been reported that a document outlining a “Muslim takeover” of Birmingham schools had been leaked and that the Birmingham City Council was and is currently investigating it. The media capitalised on this perfect opportunity to reinforce and accord the notion of the fifth columner status to the Muslim Minority of Britain.
This is expected from the media, as has been seen in the past. However what really disgusted me were the responses from some Muslims, the armchair holier-than-thou keyboard warriors, hitting to the social media and declaring this an “embarassment” and calling those Muslims who are supposedly behind it, “nutters”. This despite the BBC report clearly stating,
“We still don’t know whether it’s genuine or a fake”
I do not need to delve into the inherent stupidity of such judgments against fellow Muslims. Allah Almighty states clearly in the Qur’an,
O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful. (49:6)
I now refer you to Tahir Alam’s press release concerning the matter.
Refutation of Allegations in ‘Trojan Horse’
PRESS RELEASE 9th March 2014
Over the past week there has been substantial coverage of an alleged Islamic plot to take over state schools in Birmingham via the Academies Programme. This ridiculous assertion is based entirely upon a leaked document nonsensically referred to as ‘Operation Trojan Horse’. This press release is to address the baseless and false assertions that have been made in this anonymous, unsigned and undated document, the authenticity of which any decent and fair-minded person would question and quite quickly conclude as a hoax.