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February 6, 2011 3 comments

Yegods, this is a special kind of stupid:

But surely she must see, I counter, that the majority of British Muslims are moderates? Sitting in her publisher’s office in an elegant grey-flannel trouser suit and pearl earrings, she fixes me with her lucid brown eyes. “If the majority are moderates, why did the Muslim community never take to the streets to abhor the 7/7 bombers? Why is it that the only time we see Muslims protesting en masse is when Islam is allegedly insulted, like with the Danish cartoons, or the Pope’s comments?”

“I’ll tell you why: because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate – a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”

Forget the “Islam is the new fascism” thing, if one can (I’d like to save that for a more involved post, whilst I’m not hitting my head off a wall, here).

Ayaan Hirsi Ali suggests it was deviant of Muslims not to take to the streets in mass protest against the bombings, possibly waving signs around and suchlike. This is a strange attitude to take. For one thing, like most national tragedies, Britain after the tragedies was in mourning, for which the kind of political theatre a mass rally would undoubtedly be is incongruous at best, and tasteless at worst. There were a number of vigils held, in which British Muslims took an active part (as you would expect, since some British Muslims were actually killed in the attack; collateral damage is unimportant to the fanatic), one of which was co-organised by the Muslim Association of Britain, which we are always hearing has been co-opted by the treacherous Islamofascist hordes. Must have just been some really deep cover.

As for the assumption that “there are no moderate Muslims”, i.e., there are no Muslims that do not support the terrorist tactics of Al-Qaeda, why don’t we actually ask the Muslims what they think? About a year after the bombings, Populus polled British Muslims on various subjects, including their responses to 7/7. Only 6% thought that “the 7/7 bombers were acting according to the true principles of Islam”, 13% thought that “The 7/7 bombers should be considered martyrs” and 16% thought that “The 7/7 attacks were wrong but the cause of the bombers was right.” This suggests a fairly sizeable fringe, but no-one could possibly read those polls and think “Boy, most British Muslims simply loved those bombings, and are slavering for more! This truly proves that Islam itself is the problem, and all Muslims want to see us dead or slaves in the new, glorious Caliphate!”

As usual, there’s some of the usual demographic panic, where Hirsi Ali suggests that Muslims will become the majority in Britain in the next 50 years. Seeing as Muslims currently make up a paltry 3% of the British population, even making the very questionable assumptions that Muslims wouldn’t integrate further into British society and only marry amongst themselves, Muslim women would have to be squeezing out babies on Fordist principles for this to make any kind of sense. I suspect Hirsi Ali is bullshitting us.

One can probably tell I find Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s commitment to rationalism slightly underwhelming; more totemic than actual, using philosophers as human shields and massed ranks of infantry than through any sustained intellectual challenge. Just another front in the ongoing, and utterly fucking interminable culture wars. But then, that’s why she’s at the AEI, and I’m here at my blog. Warfare is fun, easy, and cheap, especially for the armchair generals and keyboard warriors.

Update: Is it just me, or is it really fucking creepy how the author keeps going over Hirsi Ali’s looks in every other paragraph of that piece?

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