And so the assault on the gloriously arbitrary “British values” of human rights, democracy and rule of law continues with the unveiling of the new Counter Terrorism Bill by Theresa May the extremist. As a concerned Muslim I felt it necessary to write on this for the simple fact that the Muslim perspective has been ignored through much of the debate around this thus far. Much of the mainstream media have not uttered a single word on the disproportionate and shot-gun style targeting under PREVENT. Even the dismal “Guardian View” ignored the discriminatory treatment resulting from the sledge-hammer being wielded by the neocons through the presumptively flawed PREVENT strategy.
Before looking at the proposals briefly it is worth recognising that the neocons pushing these policy are driven by a “persuasion” which believes in using “noble lies” to steer the “vulgar masses” towards a policy which serves the interests of the neocons. If this means bludgeoning “principles” of rule of law and human rights through their “prudence” unashamedly in name of these very “principles”, then so be it.
Building on a Successful Strategy?
The proposals make the draconian, Nazi-esque PREVENT policy a statutory duty to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” with this duty being imposed on schools, colleges, prisons and local councils to help with this totalitarian surveillance programme. In the words of Arendt, totalitarian societies like Nazi Germany employed,
“a system of ubiquitous spying, where everybody may be a police agent and each individual feels himself under constant surveillance.”
I have already elucidated on the problems the PREVENT strategy has been causing. The breadth of definition of “extremism” and the ambiguity in its application will mean a continued increase of miscarriages of justice. The report on PREVENT by CAGE outlines some of the absurdities which have been witnessed. Young children being referred under the Channel deradicalisation programme for merely possessing CD’s of Sufi scholars, Muslim women being referred for merely increasing in their religiosity, donning the niqab and jilbab whilst their families have been harassed by officers, female deaf patients at hospitals being referred under Channel, with their laptop and phone confiscated for simply browsing online reports about Syria. The examples are shocking as they are despotic. On top of this, ACPO figures reveal that the Muslim minority continues to be disproportionately targeted by Channel. Between April 2012 and the end of March 2014, 56 percent of those referred for deradicalisation were Muslim. The Charity Commission, a partner agency of PREVENT, is also disproportionately targeting the Muslim minority.
Whilst the debate continues to rage as to what exactly constitute British values, one thing is for sure, the call for the need to appropriate these values is white, Eton-College-sided. Muslims who espouse an alternate world view, postulate their Islamic values proudly and decry the persecution of their religious comrades in countries afar, need a heavy dose of British values in case they become terrorists.
These British values are being imposed on Muslims colonialist-style – this, despite the fact that Muslims in Britain feel more British than white Britons. However, there is still a deafening silence regarding the need to enforce these British values on the white majority of this country. After all, according to Cameron, who enforces the discriminatory, human rights-flunking PREVENT definition of “extremism”, “mutual tolerance and respect” is a British value.
Given the amount of (negative) coverage Muslims get in the media, and the disproportionate (negative) focus on Islam and Muslim by government officials, not to mention the blatant Nazi-esque propaganda, distortion and lies both of these groups churn out on a daily basis, it is little wonder “white-crime” or racially/religiously-motivated attacks by the white majority, are on the rise.
According to a study by Dr Mathew Feldmen, Muslims are treated to a unique form of hate-crime, one which demonstrates the bravery, and extreme courage of the warped, assailants:
“Hate crime tends to be a male-on-male phenomenon. But here we are seeing exactly the opposite: white men under 30 attacking women wearing traditional Muslim dress,”
Some men even urged other men to rape a Muslim woman whose details were maliciously posted online.
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With the rise of the far-right/Christianist extremists in the UK which is spreading throughout Europe, and the rhetoric of groups the EDL and Britain First becoming ever-more violent, it is important to understand the sources of such extremism and the pathway to neocon-inspired terrorism. Importing American neoconservative to Britain, neoconservative writers like Douglas Murray, Michael Gove, William Shawcross, Melanie Phillips and Andrew Gilligan, through their ideologically-driven narratives, have supported and shared their insidious and bigoted narratives with the likes of Robert Spencer and Pamella Geller.
Extremists like Spencer and Geller have gone onto inspire terrorists like Anders Breivik.
The above infogram gives a summary of the conveyor belt to right-wing/Christianist Terrorism, supported and inspired by neoconservatism. Perhaps the government can use it to create a dedicated “PREVENT” programme to counter explicitly far-right “Christianist” extremism and formulate a “Channel” deradicalisation programme for individuals who support a neocon-inspired narrative. A women’s network to target white mothers of potential radical far-right extremists can be established to spot “signs of radicalisation”, whilst school teachers can be trained to identify conservative Christian values which may not sit with “British values”. A list of neocons/far-right Christianist extremists who espouse illiberal, bigoted views can be placed on an “extremist list” and a taskforce set up to identify hate-preachers like Douglas Murray, Michael Gove, William Shawcross and Britain First’s Paul Golding. They can be subjected to a Terror and Extremist Behaviour Order, allowing civil authorities to take action against people seeking to spread their neocon/far-right/Christianist message of hate, in a similar way to existing Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.
Anti-Islam Pastor James McConnell
“An accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God, a generation forsooth which has not directed its heart and has not entrusted its spirit to God…” -Pope Urban II’s call for the crusades, France, Clermont, November 1095
There is one thing I respect Pastor James McConnell for, and that is that, like Pope Urban II, he is honest about his position on Islam and Muslims. Not a wolf in sheep’s clothing like the neocons who, in their attacks on the fundamentals of Islam, employ brown-faced, pseudo-intellectuals and “experts” to play linguistic gymnastics with Islam and concoct terms like “Islamism” in order to prevent allegations of intolerance against Islam. As though Islam is play dough as opposed to a religion of a people approaching 2 billion in number.
To recap, the Pastor stated that,
“Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell,”
“Enoch Powell was a prophet, he called it that blood would flow on the streets and it has happened”
I have been waiting for inevitable to rear its ugly head. After all, it is Michael Gove at the helm of the Education sector, an anti-Muslim, neocon who is fulfilling Henry Jackson Society bedfellow Douglas Murray’s aim of “making the lives of Muslims in Europe difficult”.
If we recall, the “Trojan Horse” plot, a name which is one of the chapters of Michael Gove’s “anti-Muslim diatribe” Celsius 7/7 and a title given to Muslims of Europe by Geert Wilders, was found to be fabricated. Nevertheless, pressure from the prejudicially compromised Department for Education and headless Ofsted meant investigations were launched into a number of schools in predominantly Muslim areas. Schools previously rated as “outstanding” were soon placed into “special measures” as Ofsted inspectors conducted themselves in a highly anti-Muslim, unprofessional and inconsistent manner.
I stated previously that this had nothing to do with an “Islamic takeover”, but rather a furore had been architected to justify an intrusion on a much grander scale – the “Lee Rigby effect”.
Birmingham City Council’s, after their investigation into the Birmingham schools concluded there were no links to extremism.
The PREVENT Push into Madrassas
This is important, because on the back of the farcical Trojan Horse plot, which was more to do with disgruntled employees getting revenge as opposed to genuine issues of concern, Michael Gove has released plans to push PREVENT into madrassas, and in essence write the religion for Muslims.
According to reports,
“The code will make sure that all teachers are CRB [Criminal Records Bureau] checked, and that no corporal punishment is dealt out,” the official said. “The schools may also be required to teach a standard syllabus, because right now they can teach whatever they want. The syllabus will be supportive of the government’s preventing-extremism strategy, so there will be no fundamentalist teaching”
There are several issues here.