Saturday, 19 November 2011

The world is a dangerous place to live in

 not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

It's sad to think that the post following Ziggy Shipman's story is looking at the violent threats from right-wing groups, in our very own England. It sickens me to think of them so close to my home, and horrified me when I looked a little more into them following their recent press coverage in regard to their threats against Unions.

The English Defence League is a far-right movement create in response to the absolutely tiny minority of extremists who burnt poppies during a homecoming parade in Luton. The title is a quote from Einstein, taken from their website. Ironically, a victim of adversity is used to open a page promoting hate. Whilst I absolutely in no way condone their actions (I have the utmost respect for the forces, their work and their sacrifice) what I dislike is how they have used this as a springboard to attack Islam in its entirety. Of course, they claim that they don't repeatedly in their mission statement, but continue reading it and there are some real 'gems' such as: religiously-inspired intolerance and barbarity that are thriving amongst certain sections of the Muslim population in Britain: including, but not limited to, the denigration and oppression of women, the molestation of young children, the committing of so-called honour killings, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and continued support for those responsible for terrorist atrocities. and  The time for tolerating intolerance has come to an end: it is time for the whole world to unite against a truly Global Jihad. Oh, and we mustn't overlook demand reform of their religion, in order to make it more relevant to the needs of the modern world and more respectful of other groups in society. 


Really though? I'm confidant most of the first point are things unfortunately found in all communities, irregardless of their religion. It's called the dark side of humanity and not only is it found in the absolute minority of the Islamic community, but also sadly in all religions. I wish it didn't, we all wish it didn't, but it does, and therefore absolutely can not be blamed on one group. Plus, when has there ever been support for 'Global Jihad'? I admit, I don't know enough about Islam, but I was taught that Jihad is an internal struggle of faith? Only in extreme circumstances and when severely provoked has it anything to do with violence, and even then the vast majority of Muslims disagree with such an idea. Plus, most religions are old. Islam is no different, surely if they're going to do this properly the ELD should be demanding the reform of Catholisicim, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism? It's ridiculous and irrational, fueled only by hate, not by 'protecting' anything.


And now they're splinter groups threatening the Unions? Well, it makes sense really. I mean, they've already exhausted the attack on a now deeply integrated aspect of our society, so they may as well move onto another. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has commented :"Trade unionists have fought long and hard for a fairer society, one with respect at its core. Ultra-right-wing groups care about nothing other than stoking hatred, which is why they have no place in our communities.".


And you know what? I totally agree with McCluskey, if these brutes really cared about ridding the world of injustice, they would be following in the footsteps of Amnesty International and join me in sending e-mails and signing petitions. They would promote tolerance on both sides and they would look at the mistakes made in the past by similar prejudices and drastically review their racism

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