‘Mega-mosque’ opposition turns up the heat
Members of ‘Newham Concern’ insist that they are ‘committed to stopping the mega-mosque by legitimate and democratic means’, and to that end they state:
This website will be both respectful and reasoned, reflecting our commitment to diversity and to the democratic society we live in. We deplore both the grandstanding politics of mega-mosque supporter Mayor Ken Livingstone at one extreme, and the hate-mongering of the political far-right at the other.
They are going to have to do far better than this if their campaign is to succeed. Accusations of ‘racism’ and ‘Islamophobia’ will come pouring from the sky, and there appears to be very little to pre-empt the onslaught. And ‘respect’ is a little like loyalty: it is a bilateral contract demanding a symmetrical engagement. If it is lacking on one side, the other is not bound to be confined by its inherent niceties. Of course, one can and must be polite, but one no more has to respect than one has to submit: indeed, the former is increasingly being interpreted as the latter with alarming frequency. And as for ‘reason’, well, as His Holiness has discovered, any attempt to reason with the irrational is fraught with dangers that may imperil the peace and safety of the Realm.