PM faces backlash over Islam speech
In a speech at a security conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, David Cameron today stirred up a hornet’s nest for saying that British Muslims were ‘quietly condoning’ the Islamic State.
According to this Telegraph report, the British Prime Minister said of domestic radicalisation:
The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology: one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong, that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil. It says religious doctrine trumps the rule of law and Caliphate trumps nation state, and it justifies violence in asserting itself and achieving its aims. The question is: how do people arrive at this world view?
I am clear that one of the reasons is that there are people who hold some of these views who don’t go as far as advocating violence, but do buy into some of these prejudices – giving the extreme Islamist narrative weight and telling fellow Muslims ‘you are part of this’.
This paves the way for young people to turn simmering prejudice into murderous intent. To go from listening to firebrand preachers online to boarding a plane to Istanbul and travelling onward to join the jihadis.
We’ve always had angry young men and women buying into supposedly revolutionary causes. This one is evil, it is contradictory, it is futile but it is particularly potent today.
I think part of the reason it’s so potent is that it has been given this credence. So if you’re a troubled boy who is angry at the world or a girl looking for an identity, for something to believe in, and there’s something that is quietly condoned online – or perhaps even in parts of your local community – then it’s less of a leap to go from a British teenager to an Isil fighter or an Isil wife than it would be for someone who hasn’t been exposed to these things.
According to this Metro report, there was a swift and furious reaction from British Muslims who said that that they aren’t and shouldn’t be held responsible for people who choose to join Islamic State in the Middle East.
Metro ran a poll which shows that 52 percent of Brits think Cameron was wrong to to blame the Muslim community.
In his address to the conference, whose delegates included the leaders of Estonia, Georgia, Poland and Macedonia, Cameron said that Britain would accept several hundred more people fleeing the civil war in Syria by “modestly expanding” a scheme that has taken in under 200 refugees so far.
Last year announced Britain will take around 500 Syrian refugees over three years. Some 187 people have been taken in since that announcement.
Government sources said that will increase “by a few hundred more” after today’s announcement.