'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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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."
@sajidjavid is on point in @Telegraph. This is “fundamentally a battle of ideas”.We cannot be “ambivalent about tolerance, freedom of speech, & integration. Liberal democratic values can & should unite us all, whatever our colour or creed”. They define Western civilisation.” https://t.co/GoCM0CoVs0— Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst (@DrNShastriHurst) November 29, 2020
I would have said it was a need to curb the flow of immigrants, but that is cutting straight to the chase as the ideology is coming with them.— Mark MacDonald-Crawley Esq. (@MarkmacDC) November 29, 2020
Yet they arrive every day, spout their bile freely, and don't get arrested ever. Get in the bin! We see you now!— Colin sherlock (@nocylad) November 29, 2020
We must stop using ‘freedom of speech’ as a means to attack Islam & other faiths. Leaders like @EmmanuelMacron fuel hatred against the Islamic community across the world. He should apologise to the Muslim world for disrespecting Islam & our Prophet!— Junaid Arongzaib (@JunaidArongzaib) November 30, 2020
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