Justin Welby’s Neocon Proclamations and the Civilizational Clash with Islam

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The former oil executive and Etonian Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently stated that there was a need to move away from the notion that ISIS has “nothing to with Islam”:

“If we treat religiously-motivated violence solely as a security issue, or a political issue, then it will be incredibly difficult – probably impossible – to overcome it… A theological voice needs to be part of the response, and we should not be bashful in offering that… This requires a move away from the argument that has become increasingly popular, which is to say that Isis is ‘nothing to do with Islam’, or that Christian militia in the Central African Republic are nothing to do with Christianity, or Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians in South India is nothing to do with Hinduism.. Until religious leaders stand up and take responsibility for the actions of those who do things in the name of their religion, we will see no resolution.

The argument seems ostensibly balanced. After all, the theological element is mentioned as a factor (albeit a defining one) and Welby highlights the Christian militia in CAR, as well as the Hindu nationalist persecution, though, limiting it to Christian persecution whilst ignoring the rape and killing of Kashmiri Muslims by an army overseen by the fascist PM of India, Narendra Modi. However, the reporting, language and timing of his statements, upon closer inspection, reveal a smokescreen for a continued agenda to target Islam.

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Neocons, the Christian Alliance and Exploitation of Religion

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The urge to deform Islam into something representing theological play dough has surfaced through many high profile voices.  Of course, there is the usual cavalry represented by thoughtless think-tanks, and their string pullers that are the neocons.  However, the rise of ISIS has provided sufficient pretext to bully and intimidate Muslims collectively into accepting the need to deform orthodox Islam after thoroughly maligning the faith through the association of crime.

David Cameron himself has, after the ceremonial alarm bells of “extremism”, officially posited “reforming voices” as the face of Islam, undermining the “secularism” of the state in the process and directly interfering with the private sphere of religion.

As this goes on, neocons are also busy re-architecting the national identity of Britain in opposition to this “other” faith.  Cameron and co have been loudly dog-whistling Christians. Entering into 2016, we saw Nicky Morgan saying that schools must teach that Britain is “Christian country”.

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