Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guardian: Can Muslims trust the Tories?

What an utterly stupid question.

Yet it is one which obviously preoccupies Sarfraz Manzoor of The Guardian, as he ponders whether or not the Conservative Party has changed ‘since Enoch Powell gave his notorious speech in Birmingham’.

Why is this one speech by one Tory at one particular time deemed to encapsulate the beliefs and attitudes of all Tories for all time? It is not the Conservative Party which is incapable of change, but prejudiced journalists like Mr Manzoor who seek to tarnish entire groups of people because of the attitudes or actions of a few. If one were to ask ‘Can Tories trust Muslims?’, doubtless Mr Manzoor would be among the first to cry ‘racism’ or ‘Islamophobia’.

The Powell speech did not distort all discussion about race and immigration; it was the media response to it, and that remains the case. Even now, the moment anyone seeks to raise the subject it is usually the pathologically ‘centre-left’ media which silences those who dare to raise their heads above the parapet with cries of ‘extremism’, ‘racism’, or accusations of being (God forbid) ‘right wing’ which has itself become synonymous with extremism.

But Mr Manzoor is concerned to know if Enoch Powell is somehow vindicated because of the rise of ‘political Islamism’. It is such a tautology which persuades Cranmer towards the view that The Guardian has no depth and that Mr Manzoor is out of his. He clearly had little time for the Conference discussion on the distinction between Islam and Islamism. He summarises: ‘There was no inconsistency between the values of Islam and an open society: the quarrel was with those who had hijacked the religion for political purposes. And yet even though the panel were (sic) proclaiming the necessity of drawing a clear distinction between mainstream Islam and the ideology of Islamism, the audience had been handed a photocopied front page of yesterday's Sunday Express whose front page screamed: "Cameron: I'll curb Muslim fanatics".

And the dissemination of such an article really proves that Tories really do harbour racist views, does it not?

There are so many arguments one may adduce to negate Mr Manzoor’s facile reasoning that Cranmer can hardly be bothered. When it comes to the question of whether Muslims can trust the Tories, the simple response is that they will - if they are Tories. And, surprising as this may be to The Guardian, many thousands of them are. But then one might consider Mr Cameron’s ‘A-list’, designed specifically to permit candidates like Rehman Chisti to be selected for winnable or safe seats. Or the elevation of Sayeeda Warsi to the Lords to become ‘Britain's most senior Muslim politician’, which, according to Labour MP Sadiq Khan, was ‘because of her religion.

And Mr Cameron proposes to ban such groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, to confront the quasi-legitimacy bestowed upon organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain, and to encourage ‘the teaching of a more moderate interpretation of Islam in mosques’. There is also the possibility of the compulsory teaching of history in schools and the establishment of an ‘Institute of British Islam’.

If Mr Manzoor or any other British Muslims have any problems with these proposals – which are manifestly for the immense benefit of all British Muslims – then they should not only look to another political party, but to another country.

But Mr Manzoor is not persuaded ‘the nasty party’ can rise to the challenge of distinguishing the extremists from the law-abiding and peaceful. He is not persuaded that Conservatives can ‘show that their rightful concerns about Islamism are not a proxy restatement of broader prejudices’ and he questions whether Conservatives ‘are at ease with a diverse and heterogeneous society’.

Well, Mr Manzoor, how many Muslims are ‘at ease with a diverse and heterogeneous society’?

And what makes you think Muslims can trust Labour?

The Conservative Party represents the entire British population irrespective of race, colour or religion. The Conservative Party does wish to ensure that the Muslim community is fully involved in our national life at all levels. And what have the past 10 years done to encourage Islamic beliefs in enterprise, in the sense of community, the belief in the family and in the value of hard work?

How many Muslim businesses have been helped by a decade of Labour? How is it that so many Muslims are trapped in areas of great deprivation? How is it that the rate of unemployment among Muslims has risen to 15 per cent? How is it that there is a general underachievement of Muslim children in school, the health of Muslims in below average and there is a lack of interaction in many areas?

Ah, this must be the fault of the Conservative Party.

Or perhaps, just perhaps, Mr Manzoor is permitting his political ideology to colour his theological perception and cloud his sociological judgement.


Anonymous Alcuin said...

Such articles are, unfortunately, daily fare in the Guardian. Manzoor does not trouble himself with distinctions between Islam and Islamism because there is no such distinction in the minds of Muslims - it is an artifice derived by Western apologists for Islam to give the "Moderates" a get out. To air this topic would be to open the can of worms that is the intolerance of mainstream Islam and its texts. People, even Muslims, might then come to question how such a doctrine could possibly derive from "the just and merciful Allah".

Islam's own scholars do not refer to Islam as a religion - it is in Arabic a deen - a system. Most in the West would recognise it as such by features absent from all other religions, such as a complete, discriminatory, largely arbitrary and totalitarian legal system and doctrines of war, such as taqiyya, takfir and jihad. And a member of a culture that includes taqiyya speaks of trust?

You speak of Manzoor's "political ideology". Well Islam is 90% politics, so his intellectual dishonesty is scarcely surprising. Analysing Islam's texts, we find that 94% of the denizens of Islam's Hell are there not for murder, rape or theft, but for opposition to Mohammad - a political crime, i.e. no crime that most of us would recognise. The truth is that most Muslims know in their bones that Allah is cruel, but dare not face the consequences of such an admission for reasons of fear, peer pressure and culture. Should the protection of the British legal system be withdrawn from them - as their leaders propose - they would really feel its cruelty.

30 September 2008 at 09:49  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Is he one of the Shropshire Manzoors? I think I knew his father when he was a churchwarden.

30 September 2008 at 10:07  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Perhaps one might ask whether anyone can 'trust' the Muslims.

If so, to do what?

But one can certainly trust The Guardian to continue with its lunacy.

30 September 2008 at 10:41  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Unsworth echoes my thoughts after reading Your Grace's post - can anybody trust the Muslims? Unfortunately that leads me down a path which I don't want to go.

Another interesting one for the next election is can Catholics trust the Labour party?

30 September 2008 at 11:27  
Anonymous the recusant said...

A little light relief from Dilbert

30 September 2008 at 11:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More to the point can muslims allah,
there is no guarantee of ever reaching paradise, and allah is a cruel, heartless master!

30 September 2008 at 13:31  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

Next week he will be comparing the sayings of Mohammed with those of Enoch, then after a petrol bomb through his window will ask...
Can the Tories trust the muslims :-D

30 September 2008 at 15:26  
Anonymous long-term inhabitant said...

Anon said "there is no guarantee of ever reaching paradise"

Oh yes there is, you've just got to die while killing kuffars in the name of Allah:


30 September 2008 at 15:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long term inhabitant,
Sorry for my omission.
Of course killing Kuffars is perfectly acceptable, and guarantees exceptance by Allah into his kingdom!.

30 September 2008 at 17:26  
Blogger McKenzie said...

The thing about Jesus that I like the most is the way He tells it like it is, and I am certain that when He returns, things are going to get messy. You know what I mean? Like for instance when they play the racist card all the time, oh man that one will be a killer for sure, calling God racist, jeesh that one knocks me out every time.
"Muuhomad who?" Dial 666 for the emergency services!

30 September 2008 at 18:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the cold hard truth is that it will be a wheat and chaff situation at the end of the day. "Long live the wheat!"

30 September 2008 at 18:13  
Anonymous Sebastian Weetabix said...

This dichotomy between Islam & Islamism is utterly false. Either you accept the Koran and practice what it preaches, or you do not. The former is a Muslim, the latter is not. The Koran explicitly enjoins the believer to kill the unbeliever & to practice taqiya & hudna when necessary. Islam is antithetical to our way of life & our Judaeo-Christian heritage and its enthusiastic adherents are a clear & present danger to us all. It is time people woke up - on present demographic trends Muslims are going to outnumber us in years to come. History shows when Muslims are the majority, non-Muslims suffer.

If mainstream political parties (and churches for that matter) are not prepared to defend our culture, people will start to gravitate towards the BNP and the like.

30 September 2008 at 18:55  
Anonymous long-term inhabitant said...

Anonymous said...
"long term inhabitant,
Sorry for my omission.
Of course killing Kuffars is perfectly acceptable, and guarantees exceptance by Allah into his kingdom!"

As far as I am aware Allah never claimed to have a kingdom, but what he did offer to his followers was a well-staffed brothel: http://islamcomicbook.com/lyrics3.htm

30 September 2008 at 23:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long term inhabitant,
Flowing with rivers of wine ,I believe,
If allah dosn`t have a kingdom, where are all the departed muslims going then?.

1 October 2008 at 07:21  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

Your Grace,

I have been bold enough to link to this article in my blog: I had wanted to publish it yesterday, but I fear my machine remains somewhat recusant.


I have also posted a graven image of yourself so readers can go to your latest sermon.

I remain

your obedient servant

Frugal Dougal
Happy yellow dog of the fens (by appointment)

1 October 2008 at 15:41  

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