|Liam Byrne with his friends at the mosque|
This Guardian article was written by Birmingham Labour MP Liam Byrne. Birmingham is now around 25% Muslim, probably around 50% in the school-age demographic. It's a good example of the morally and intellectually corrupting effect that Islam has wherever it spreads. After much careful thought, he's arrived at a profound insight: It's Nothing to Do With Islam.
I have spent a year talking to my constituents about fighting extremism, interviewing counter-terror police and intelligence experts, and visiting the frontline in Iraq and Palestine. I’m now convinced we need a new model of radicalisation that reflects the fact that it is grievance, not God, that inspires many to turn to violence.But lots of people are aggrieved. Negroes are aggrieved. But negroes don't usually join international organisations dedicated to violence. Nor do other aggrieved people. What's the difference between aggrieved people who do this and aggrieved people who don't? In a word: Islam.
Anger can be a good thing. It is, after all, the source of social progress. Little was achieved by the contented in life. Lots of us get angry. But we tend to arrive at some great moral junction. One path leads to peaceful campaign for change. The other path leads to violence. Isis targets the violent people. That is why as many as two-thirds of its recruits in some countries have a criminal past. The goal of good policy must be to manoeuvre those who thirst for justice down the path to peaceful change and away from violence.In other words, people are joining Islamic state to rape, kill and enslave because of a "thirst for justice".
But how should we help Muslims feel less aggrieved? Use the education system to indoctrinate people into feeling good about Islam and brainwash British people into being pathetically grateful for all Muslims have done for them.
We will need a battery of school reforms for a population that is hugely more diverse. We should boost integration by creating universal community service; spread “character” education and change the way we teach history to remind everyone that 400,000 Muslim soldiers once fought to keep our country safe. Crucially, we need to transform child and adolescent mental health. Figures I have seen suggest 50% of children referred to the deradicalisation programme, Channel, have some sort of mental health issue.How should we cure Muslims of the feeling that they are part of an alien, deterritorialised nation - the Ummah - with interests diametrically opposed to those of rooted, territorialised nations? Make St. George's Day a bank holiday. That'll do it.
Decent integration policy is a prerequisite. We need new ways of celebrating our country together. Unity is strength. We need a more inclusive Englishness, so let’s start with a bank holiday for St George’s Day for a celebration to which everyone is invited. We should be prepared to party in pursuit of progress. And why not cap it all with a magnificent new British bill of rights with a statement that not only enshrines the European convention on human rights, but comes complete with a bold statement of British ideals, including free speech and compassion, to enshrine the “best of British” which we hold in common.But somehow I doubt that this right to "free speech" will protect anyone who wants to say that Mohammed was a paedophile and a monster. Oh, and we should give Muslims more money too.
Bryne believes positive action is also needed to encourage a more diverse leadership in Britain’s public services and reveals that in Birmingham a third of public spending bodies have no leaders from minority ethnic groups among their top 10 leaders. Freedom of Information requests by Byrne revealed that in Birmingham – Britain’s most diverse city whose population is 52% white British – nearly 80% of 561 identified leaders of organisations that spend public money are white British.
Two universities, hospitals and the fire service have no minority ethnic people in their top 10 leadership positions. “We have work to do to ensure the power structure of the city reflects the community that calls it home,” says Byrne.Source