Monday, November 20, 2006

Livingstone on Islamophobia

Once again Ken Livingstone has spoken about the "demonisation" of Muslims and compared it to that of Jews. He said:

Over recent weeks we have seen a demonisation of Muslims only comparable to the demonisation of Jews from the end of the 19th century.
Of course, Mr Livingstone doesn't understand the very big difference between the two. Jews were demonised for being Jews. They had done nothing wrong, in fact they had made major impacts on the economies and cultures of their hosts. They had brought benefits with them. All the accusations against Jews were baseless lies designed specifically to demonise.

However, Muslims are not facing that. Muslims around the world, including Britain, are killing innocent civilians in the name of their religion; and many more and planning to do so. Muslims are not being demonised by anyone other than their own co-religionists who choose to kill and maim in the name of their god.

When people discuss Muslims it is because the climate is such that people are unsure as to what any given Muslim is thinking. And this can all be solved by Muslims taking to the streets to protest against terrorism. Just as they very loudly and clearly said "not in our name" to the war in Iraq, let them do the same to terrorism, and before you know it everything will calm down.