BRIT POLS SAY NO TO OFFENDING MUSLIMS
Posted by Andrew Roman on December 11, 2009
This is a serious question.
What are they thinking over there?
Has political correctness so impregnated itself into that nation’s value set that they have lost control of their sensibilities? Have they lost their ever-lovin’ minds?
To hear it from their elected officials, all across England, there are anxious Muslims teetering on the fence that separates good from evil, unsure of which path to take, draped in uncertainty, waiting to see what kind of language British politicians will use when referring to them. As they see it, there must be Muslims who grapple with trying to decide between raising their families in peace and blowing themselves up at pizza parlors based on how they’re referenced by English pols. Britainistan’s ministers are probably one or two uses of the word “jihadist” away from triggering a chain reaction of otherwise docile Muslims into a life of terrorist activity.
There might as well be a sign posted on the front doors of Parliament that reads, “Please Don’t Offend the Muslims” … which, by extension, translates into “Please Don’t Aggravate the Muslims and Make More Terrorists.”
In Great Britain, it is now prohibited for words and phrases deemed offensive to Muslims to be uttered in the halls of government. New politically correct phraseology will be implemented so that peace reigns.
Graeme Wilson, Deputy Political Editor with The Sun, writes:
MINISTERS have been BANNED from using words like Islamist and fundamentalist – in case they offend Muslims. An eight-page Whitehall guide lists words they should not use when talking about terrorism in public and gives politically correct alternatives.
They are told not to refer to Muslim extremism as it links Islam to violence. Instead, they are urged to talk about terrorism or violent extremism.
But they are not to mention who is responsible for the overwhelming vast majority of terrorist attacks across the globe, or which ideology is behind them?
The absurdity here is breathtaking.
Of course the phrase “Muslim extremism” links Islam to terrorism. That’s because those who participate in these terrorist attacks do so in the name of Islam!
Fundamentalist and Jihadi are also banned because they make an “explicit link” between Muslims and terror.
There is an explicit link between Muslims and terror.
Ministers should say criminals, murderers or thugs instead. Radicalisation must be called brainwashing and talking about moderate or radical Muslims is to be avoided as it “splits the community”.
Islamophobia is also out as it is received as “a slur that singles out Muslims”.
I don’t think I’ve read anything more ridiculous in all the time I’ve kept this blog.
If, for instance, I say I’m deeply offended because politicians are loathe to call Muslim extremists precisely what they are – that is, Muslim extremists – no one will care, because there is no threat that I will retaliate with an act of terrorism. It is precisely why Christians and Christianity can be attacked regularly by artists, pundits and other moral weaklings, because the threat of reprisal from even the most ardent believer in the name of Christianity is nil.
No one – repeat no one – believes all Muslims are terrorists or terrorist sympathisizers. How many times does it have to be repeated? However, there are some Muslims who are terrorists – and the overwhelming vast majority of terrorism that takes place on earth is perpetrated by Muslims who admit to doing so in the name of their religion.
Why is this hard?
What if, during World War II, America sold war bonds to support the war effort against “Those Thugs West of Poland” or the “Criminals Over There“? What if the word “Nazi” had been banned so as not to antagonize all Germans?
The guidance was branded “daft” last night by a special adviser to ex-Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. Paul Richards said: “Unless you can describe what you’re up against, you’re never going to defeat it. Ministers need to be leading the debate on Islamic extremism and they can’t do that if they have one hand tied behind their back.”
Political correctness kills.
Ever hear of Ft. Hood?