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'We must not allow woke activists to stop us confronting Islamist extremism,' says former UK home secretary

Added 11-30-20 06:37:02am EST - “A prominent British MP has warned against sanitising the deadly "ideological virus" of Islamism, claiming the woke minority are threatening efforts to root out Islamic terrorism.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'We must not allow woke activists to stop us confronting Islamist extremism,' says former UK home secretary”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Writing exclusively for the Telegraph, former home secretary Sajid Javid slammed those who cry "Islamophobia" when Western governments seek to deal with the challenges of Islamist extremism.

Javid, who is himself a Muslim, claimed that Western liberal democracies are under threat from a "grotesque form of separatism" that needs to be confronted. He added that President Emmanuel Macron is right – a reference to the French leader's crackdown on Islamist extremism.   

The MP said that there are people who seek to distract us from the radical nature of their beliefs and sanitise the "ideological virus" of Islamism. He noted that there were efforts to rebrand extremism as "faith-based violence" or irhabi – the Arabic word for terrorist.

Javid also took issue with well-meaning people and woke activists who stand in the way of tackling Islamist extremism and "victim-blame the West and cry Islamophobia."

Confronting the threat requires people to separate Islam from its "grotesque mutation," Javid said. He contended that "there are well-meaning officials who worry that Islamism, a term with credible and established meaning, could be seen as implicating the entire religion of Islam and all its diverse and peaceful adherents."

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