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Right. I am using this Aesop fable regarding the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He is useless.
In his defense, he isn’t the only useless politician around, so you can’t really pick on him just for being useless. Well, not unless you acknowledge a lot of them are useless anyway.
If you just pick on him, you would be singling him out. Normally, singling out a politician for being useless is fine. We all do it from time to time, but, if you single Sadiq Khan out for being useless, he will say you are being ‘Islamophobic’.
He says that word a lot.
Mayor Khan is a Muslim. That shouldn’t be an issue but it is because he so often makes it an issue.
He keeps waffling on about ‘Islamophobia’ and, generally, attributes it to ‘the far right’.
Now, on the face of it, you might think, ‘well, the far right would be Islamophobic wouldn’t they?’ and, of course, you would be right.
It may be that there are members of the far right who are not Islamophobic, but I very much doubt it.
The problem, with Mayor Khan’s version of what is Islamophobic, is that any criticism of Islam is Islamophobic.
Any criticism at all.
Somebody says that they would rather not have a mosque built near their house then they are ‘Islamophobic’.
Somebody says that they are concerned about the lack of integration into British society by many Muslims and they are ‘Islamophobic’.
Somebody says that they don’t like animals being slaughtered by having their throats cut and bleeding out wide awake and in fear, they are ‘Islamophobic’. (Note : I believe British law insists the animals are stunned into unconsciousness before slaughter, but so many secret tapes of Halal slaughter houses not stunning animals are available, it is clear the law is frequently being ignored).
Mayor Khan has even used the word ‘Islamophobic’ to ward of criticisms of his time as London mayor.
I rang LBC (Leading Britains Conversation) radio the other day when he was on a show taking questions. The questions were consistently mundane. Even when he was asked about the atrocious rise in knife crime and murder on his watch, he just blamed his predecessor, Boris Johnson.
Khan has been mayor since 2016. In three years murder rates – (I have no idea why we have suddenly started saying ‘homicide’ like the USA but, unfathomably, we have) – have risen to very alarming levels indeed.
Anyway, I rang in. LBC asked me what I wanted to ask Mayor Khan.
I replied that I didn’t want to take him to task regarding Islamophobia as I accept it exists. However, I would like to ask him why he is tarring non far right people with the same brush.
The Muslim gang grooming of vulnerable young white girls for sex in Rochdale, Rotherham and a number of other places. The bombings of 7/7, the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena, the more recent attacks on Westminster Bridge.
I wanted to ask him to acknowledge that, it is quite conceivable, many – even the majority – of people he is dismissing as Islamophobic, are actually simply reacting to the inescapable fact that there are people, claiming to be Muslim and, therefore, followers of Islam, who are blowing up bits of the country and murdering people in the streets.
Would he not acknowledge that, while we should all strive to live together in peace and harmony, Islamic terrorists causing occasional mayhem is hardly helpful in reducing Islamophobia.
I have yet to hear him acknowledge the connection that will clearly exist between Islamic terrorist atrocities, and a dislike of Islam that is always likely to be a by product.
I was genuinely interested to hear his view on this – given that he has so far failed to express any view on this.
Surprise surprise. I was not put through as a caller to the show. The questions allowed through became more and more inane.
I suppose my question was deemed Islamophobic. I suppose asking Sadiq Khan to acknowledge that people purporting to be Muslim murdering people would, in his eyes, be Islamophobic. I suppose I am Islamophobic to hate the Islamic terrorists who murdered innocent people in Manchester and Westminster Bridge.
I wonder what he would have to say, if I had been allowed to ask him, about the young moronic Muslims who, until quite recently, marched through London – the city that he is mayor of – holding banners demanding Sharia Law for the UK.
I think that idiocy has been stopped now. I hope so, but what are his views on it?
What about the Muslim families protesting outside a school in Birmingham – I seem to recall some Christian fundamentalists have got in on the act elsewhere too – regarding the teaching of equality for all in junior schools.
They aren’t teaching them about gay sex or anything, just that everyone is equal.
This, apparently, is offensive to the Muslim parents. It isn’t, they say, in accordance with the teaching of the Koran.
Well, excuse me! Bugger the teachings of the Koran. If somebody is gay or straight, bi-sexual, trans-gender or non-binary – (and, yes, I’m a bit ‘all at sea’ myself with the non-binary thing) – then they deserve to be treated as equals with everybody else.
Now I’m sorry, you Muslim families in Birmingham. You wouldn’t be very happy if junior school children were not made aware that it is wrong to discriminate against Muslims would you? So what makes you think it is right to protest against your children being taught not to discriminate against anybody?
Sadiq Khan only allows questions that enable him to put himself in a good light or, even better, show that everyone is far right and Islamophobic. He avoids addressing serious issues were Islam itself is causing a problem.
Mayor Khan cries ‘Islamophobic!’ at the drop of a hat – or, the drop of a veil? – sorry I’ll get me coat 😉
He has cried ‘Islamophobic!’ so often that it no longer resonates with many people and that is the shame of it.
There is ‘Islamophobia’ in the UK, but it will go unchallenged by an increasing number simply because the likes of Mayor Khan keep labeling everyone who dares to be critical of Islam as ‘Islamophobic.
To paraphrase the late, great Marty Feldman in the Mel Brooks classic, ‘Young Frankenstein’ –
“Werewolf? There wolf”, but in the case of Mayor Khan, “Where Islamophobia? Everywhere Islamophobia”.
Increasingly, nobody is listening anymore Sadiq. The sheep have all scattered because they are fed up of listening to you repeat the same mantra, over and over. Just like Aesop’s fable.