Islam: Scapgoat Of Choice?

Bloody Muslims. Every generation has that one great enemy, doesn’t it?

For the establishment and government, it’s useful to have a concentrated hate and distrust, for papers like the Mail, Express and redtops it’s great because they make a lot of money from it and certain political parties scare monger to gain votes.

Who do you think our generation’s arch enemy is? Who if we could only get rid of then everything will be hunky dory and our children can again play out in the fields and we can finally leave our doors unlocked because thieves will be done away with. Like the good old days!

I can only think of two real groups which have been subjected to the long term dehumanization. Romanians & Roma (They’re different things, something that some social Conservatives genuinely don’t know) are the latest one, we’ve seen it all, from police “experts” swearing blind that these people will increase the crime rate to individuals being held up as a not so shining example for an entire race or nationality of people.

But the main one is of course the Muslim.

For the sheer rebellious nature of being born a Muslim (Which for the record, I think any child being born into a religion amounts to practical brainwashing) you can be expect to be hunted by the Conservative press, you can be expected to be compared to some one who you’ve never met from a place you don’t know where is because they did something stupid, you can expect funny looks and huge guesses about your faith and even though you’re English may be perfect you will still be told to “Go back to your own country” and to “learn the language” not to mention my favourite of the lot “Respect our (often spelt “are”) troops”.

You have to ask yourself why we’ve allowed society to regress like this?

600px-No-mosque.svgPossibly a part of it is the West’s last 20 years worth of interventions and stupidity in the Middle East, already making a natural enemy in the mostly Muslim Arabs. Or is it our support of Israel, who activity support the dehumanization of Palestinians and illegal occupation of the West Bank?  Or is it simply that Muslims are seen as exotic and strange, so in times of economic collapse and social unrest it’s easy to point the finger at the ones who stand out from the pre set image of what a British man looks likes?

Cast your minds back to the Blair government passing the anti terror laws, the House of Lords putting up a rare fight for civil liberties and British Muslims being examined closely by the press, like a blood hound, every nook and crannie searched for stories to stretch and blow out of context to sell more copies to people who can’t be arsed to read the actual facts, because digesting small, easy to swallow pieces of simple information is much easier.

But hey we beat the IRA and we need another villain to justify defence budgets and attacks on both civil and political rights. Although that is a good point, even today in 2013 I’m sure as hell more likely to be blown up or shot by a Protestant or Catholic militant than I am a Muslim one. If I had to wear a “I love England” shirt while having the Union Jack around my shoulders like some demented football fan, I’d much rather walk around Bradford and Tower Hamlets than Free Derry and South Armagh.

For a lot of us, media and government attempted to drill into us the fear of the Islamic extremist, because, we the West are the defenders of human rights (unless you’re from Chagos) and the only one’s who can defend the rights of women and gays. We’re constantly given an image of a snarling Muslims who is desperate to destroy the “British way of life” while burning poppies, forcing our daughters to wear burqas, making non Halal meat illegal and stoning people to death.

If you need to ask yourself what the average Muslim thinks, you’ve already missed the point.

Gareth Shanks tweets as @GarethShanks


  1. Islam is the enemy because it is an oppressive belief system that denies equal rights to non-members, denies equal rights to even to the females in its own membership, openly opposes humans choosing their own laws because Islam wants to follow its ludicrious god’s law, allows and indeed encourages its members to tell lies in furtherance of Islam and it spread itself, and still spreads itself where it can, by the sword. It allows no dissent from within and seeks to eliminate dissent from without.
    Is that enough for you?
    Growing opposition to Islam is not a sign that we have allowed society ‘to regress’. On the contrary, it is a sign that we are becoming more aware of the truth.

    • I think that’s a tad strong. There are extremist elements of Islam who wish to do us harm, yes, but the same is true of practically all ideologies / belief systems around the world. The vast majority of Muslims that I’ve met both in the UK and the Middle East have been friendly, polite and very welcoming.

      • It’s strong, but not too strong. I’ve only posted points of Islamic theory; I don’t think you can contradict me on any of those.If you can, please do so. In fact the only thing you might reasonably oppose is my dismissal of their god as ludicrous.
        I’m sure you are right about some individuals born into muslim families being friendly, polite and helpful but that doesn’t negate the points I’ve made about Islamic theory. And Islamic theory surely must raise a warning flag as to how those individuals might behave when their group has more power. I’ll accept that some might resist the temptation to resort to behaviour endorsed by Islamic theory, but I strongly doubt that most would resist.
        As for other ideologies/ belief systems that want to do us harm, not Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Libertarianism, Liberalism, Democracy.
        Communism, Fascism yes. Others? Maybe so but the major threat to Western values is Islam, isn’t it?
        P.S. I’ve just re-read what I posted earlier; I missed out the Islamic view of homosexuals. Do you know what that is?
        P.P.S. I see that my original post got two down votes. I’d be interested if people try to point out what they see as my error than just vote down.

        • “P.S. I’ve just re-read what I posted earlier; I missed out the Islamic view of homosexuals. Do you know what that is?”

          • I don’t think this picture makes the point you think it makes.
            Few of the readers who visit this site ever need to be told to ‘get over’ the fact that some muslims, or anybody else, are gay.
            This demonstration is surely aimed at those who follow Islamic theory, which is, literally, violently opposed to homosexual activity.
            I think this picture supports my point,that Islamic theory is oppressive in many ways, not the opposite.

  2. I’ll wager that Jewish people (not to mention a whole host of other religious and ethnic groups around the world) would probably disagree with your assertion that only Roma, Romanians and Muslims have been subject to “long-term dehumanisation”.

    • “Who do you think our generation’s arch enemy is?”
      “think our generation’s arch enemy is?”
      “our generation’s”

      • Why do people ‘hate Muslims’? Is it because of the forced subjugation of women? Is it because they have refuse dr o culturally integrate with western culture? Is it because of grooming gangs? Is it because of tantrum-throwing? (Danish cartoons)

        Is it because of the ‘Sharia patrols’? Is it because of the poppy burning incident? (BTW- I hardly see any Muslims wearing the Poppy on Remembrance Sunday. I see a couple if that)

        Get a grip Gareth. People aren’t going to hate Muslims for no reason. The third generation of muslims in the UK is the most hostile to western civilisation and it would not amaze me if it’s the same in Europe.


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