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I used to think that the U.K. would resist Islam “on the beaches, and in the skies,” that is fight the Islamic invasion of the country (by virtual invitation) by a hostile, inimical religious-political ideology and its adherents, valuing all the Enlightenment heights it had achieved – in freedom of speech, “democracy,” reason and a rational philosophy – and wished to retain everything that advanced man’s condition and freedom from tyranny.
But I no longer think that. Britain has become as bad and totalitarian as Angela Merkle’s authoritarian Germany. Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute has itemized Britain’s submission to Islam in the half year leading up to the beginning of June 2018.
The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 4.2 million in 2018 to become around 6.3% of the overall population of 64 million, according to data extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.
The rapid growth of Britain’s Muslim population can be attributed to immigration, high birth rates and conversions to Islam.
Islam and Islam-related issues, omnipresent in Britain during 2018, can be categorized into several broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists; 2) The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain; 3) The sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs; 4) Muslim integration into British society; and 5) The failures of British multiculturalism.
It goes without saying, that everywhere it’s been tried, multiculturalism has failed – Sweden, France, and Germany being the outstanding instances. It can succeed in sinking roots and flourish only if national governments allow it to and water it with mandatory “toleration.”
January 3. Each lone child migrant in Britain costs taxpayers nearly £70,000 a year — £67,634 — according to the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. Expenses include £50,716 for residential placement and linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare and £3,826 for social workers. For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 for English language lessons, £70 for dentists and £20 for doctor registration. Home Office statistics show that there are currently at least 4,500 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum in Britain — and costing taxpayers more than £300 million a year. Town halls are legally responsible for all costs associated with each child under their care until they are 25.
January 4. Police investigating the sale of illegal cigarettes, drug dealing and human trafficking in Nottingham were warned to stay away from a “Kurdish street,” said to be under the control of Middle Eastern gangsters. Police Constable Lee Wilson told Nottingham Magistrates’ Court:
“Illicit tobacco was being used to fund criminality, primarily drug supply and human trafficking. Senior members of Kurdish organized crime have been using it to fund criminality in the Radford Road area. A Kurdish businessman offered us £5,000 (€5,500; $6,400) a month to cease the tobacco investigation. With others involved in the operation, we had a search dog and were told, ‘police are not welcome on the street.’ It was described as a ‘Kurdish street.'”
January 12. Northumbria Police launched a probe into offensive comments on social media about Operation Shelter, a police investigation into the sexual exploitation of girls and women in Newcastle’s West End by a Muslim sex gang. The police received a complaint after a number of comments were left on the force’s Facebook page. The comments referred to the race and religion of the perpetrators in the case. After an investigation was launched, the police tracked down six people who were behind the posts, deemed to be offensive and potentially criminal. Northumbria Police warned users of its Facebook page that offensive comments will not be tolerated.
January 13. The British Army released a new advertisement, called “Keeping My Faith,” which showed a Muslim soldier praying. The ad was the latest in the Army’s “This is Belonging” campaign, telling recruits they are allowed to be emotional and reassuring gay people that if they sign up, they will be accepted. The ads have been criticized by some commentators including Colonel Richard Kemp, who said the new campaign showed an Army “being forced down a route of political correctness.” Retired Major General Tim Cross said recruits needed to know that “we are not going to be soft and we are not going to be nice to people.”
January 16. Government inspectors found serious deficiencies at the Olive Tree Primary School, an Islamic day school in Luton, which instructs nearly 80 pupils between five and 11 years of age. Ofsted inspectors found “inappropriate books” that “did not promote British values,” The report also raised concerns about health and safety standards in the school:
“Pupils bring their own food to school because there is no facility for the school to provide food for pupils; Pupils wash their cutlery in the toilet basins (sinks), where only tepid water is available; Pupils do not have the necessary resources to be hygienic when using the toilets; Boys do not have toilet tissue, soap or hand-drying facilities available in the toilets; They have to ask an adult in class for toilet tissue; Girls have discarded food out of their toilet windows, and the debris is rotting in the security bars; Toilet tissue has been thrown on to the ceiling in the girls’ toilets and has been left there.”
Sanitation is less importance in Britain overall now than is “tolerance” for primitive measures of hygiene, for which others must be non-judgemental.
January 24. Lancashire County Council backed down after the threat of a legal challenge over a decision that schools should stop serving halal meat from unstunned animals. In October 2017, the council voted to end supplying schools with halal meat from animals that had not been stunned before slaughter — with the exemption of poultry. The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) threatened to sue the council on the grounds that it had failed adequately to seek input from the Muslim community before reaching the decision. The council subsequently reversed its decision and said it would continue the current contracts to supply meat from unstunned animals to 27 schools across the county.
January 24. The British government rejected a petition calling for a Free Speech Act to codify the citizens’ right to freedom of speech without government intervention. The petition stated:
“For several years now the government has been infringing peoples’ most basic rights to speak freely on matters, by deeming their speech ‘offensive’ or ‘hateful’ and declaring that such speech, even online, warrants being fined or jailed. This is an outrage.
“We demand the legal right to Free Speech, in an Act which will bring an end to the ludicrous notion that ‘hate speech’ and ‘offensive speech’ deserves people be imprisoned or charged. In short, an Act to codify the citizens’ right to freedom of speech without government intervention.
“Ideas must be fought with other ideas, not with force. Naturally this precludes that the current laws criminalizing ‘hate speech’ be rescinded.
The government responded:
“The Government is committed to upholding free speech, and legislation is already in place to protect these fundamental rights. However, this freedom cannot be an excuse to cause harm or spread hatred….
“A hate crime is any criminal offense, for example assault or malicious communications, which is perceived [emphasis added] to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.”
I do not subscribe to the nebulous anti-concept of a “hate crime.” It is an appalling acceptance of the idea that a government has an intrusive right or legal power to govern what one feels about a “perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender identity,” and to punish one for the emotion. Words or feelings have no metaphysical potency to physical harm or inflict injury.
If one acts on one’s feeling and initiates force against someone or something or some group that one “hates,” then that may justify the government taking action, but that, too, depends on the circumstances and nature of the action. Leaving a slice of bacon on a mosque door handle may be regarded as a “hate crime,” as an expression of one’s contempt for Muslims and Islam, and hardly merits any punitive measures by the government. “Islamophobia” has been classified as a species of “hate speech,” when its etymological parsing simply indicates a “fear” of Islam, its ideology, and all its practices. Islamophobia is also equated with racism or fascism.
In January 2011, Martin Peretz of The New Republic wrote about Islamophobia:
At the end of the 1970s, Iranian fundamentalists invented the term “Islamophobia” formed in analogy to “xenophobia”. The aim of this word was to declare Islam inviolate. Whoever crosses this border is deemed a racist. This term, which is worthy of totalitarian propaganda, is deliberately unspecific about whether it refers to a religion, a belief system or its faithful adherents around the world.
March 11. The Sunday Mirror reported that up to 1,000 children could have been sexually abused in Telford, where Muslim sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11. An 18-month investigation revealed abuse on unprecedented levels: Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe; council staff, according to previously unseen files, viewed abused and trafficked children as “prostitutes” instead of victims; authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of racism; police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened; one victim said police tried to stop her from finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to the media.
March 12. A judge ruled that a Muslim man married a woman with a severe head injury in a bid to improve his immigration status. Mr. Justice Baker analyzed the case at a hearing in the London-based Court of Protection, which considers issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions. Baker decided that the Islamic marriage, solemnized by an imam at the Northampton Islamic Center, was “arranged entirely” by the man and the woman’s father. He said a ceremony had taken place at a time when the woman was vulnerable to influence and ruled that under English law, the marriage is not valid. “The man’s primary motive for marrying the woman was to achieve an improved immigration status,” Baker wrote.
March 13. Justice Secretary David Gauke said he was preparing British prisons to cope with an influx of British jihadis returning from Iraq and Syria. He said their arrival would create a “very significant” problem and suggested that the most dangerous extremists would be held in two new specialist segregation units. Police have estimated that about 100 of the 850 jihadis who travelled to the war zone may be alive and have the right to return to Britain.
Muslims are free to game the welfare and immigration system. Theresa May won’t mind. She’s not the one funding the costs at £’s per year per immigrant
In the meantime, the British police remain officially perplexed about the motives of Muslims who stab people shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The Gateway Pundit today reports:
Three people including a police officer were stabbed a knife attack at Victoria Station Monday night in Manchester.
The attacker was screaming something about Allah. But police are not sure if the attack was terror-related. Hmm. Here is the man screaming “Allahu Akbar!” as he was arrested.
The absurdity is endemic throughout Britain and Continental Europe when authorities and judges are hesitant or refuse to identify a truth, lest they be accused of politically incorrect thoughtcrime. Jihad Watch has more information on the stabbing attack, which the authorities have eventually ruled as a “mental health” issue. Reality has become “out of bounds.” The policy can’t help but affect or corrupt men’s sanity. Two plus two equals anything but four.
Part Two of Kern’s column will appear soon.