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British Sikhs Rally With Alt Right to Malign and Vilify Muslims

29 Jul

[Published 29 July, 2017]

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[Image via Twitter from a now deleted Facebook post of interview given by Bhai Mohan Singh on LBC with Katie Hopkins]

For somewhat disgruntled and clearly resentful reasons, a number of British Sikh organisations appeared to have aligned themselves with members of the alt shite and libertarian movement in order to attack Muslims.

One of these organisations is the Sikh Awareness Society (SAS), which lists Prabjot Singh as its website registrant. Bhai Mohan Singh (above) is also involved in the work and activities of SAS.

SAS states on its website, that:

“In Britain today Sikh youth are still actively targeted on the basis of their religion and history. This historically linked hate-crime causes much emotional distress to the families involved with the majority of these cases ending up in abuse.”

Perhaps herein lies part of the root cause of the Sikh community’s alignment with Far Right commentators and hate preachers in an ongoing bitter attack on British Muslims.

It seems that SAS are rightfully unhappy with the fact that British police wrongly classify racist attacks on Sikhs as antiMuslim hate crimes and/ or classify them under general “Race and Religious” hate crimes.

It is perfectly right that SAS and other Sikh organisations should have such grievances and challenge the police to properly record hate crimes according to the classification of different ethnic and religious groups.

As early as March 2016, another Sikh organisation, which lists Lord (Indarjit) Singh of Wimbledon CBE as its director and published a letter on its website regarding the false reporting and recording of hate crimes against Sikhs.

SAS, however, has gone one step too far and sought to align itself and garnered support from the likes of Katie Hopkins, Anne-Marie Waters, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and Dr Ryan Waters of the UK Independence Party.

Waters, Hopkins, and Lennon, have all repeatedly called for the genocide and expulsion of all Muslims from Europe, claiming that Europe is being overrun and facing imminent Islamification and that the White race is being wiped out.

Bhai Mohan Singh, also of SAS, recently gave an interview for LBC with the former radio presenter, Hopkins, before she was forced to resign due to her continued and unapologetic racist and antiMuslim outbursts after a public campaign.

Hopkins, described as a PR machine for extremists, has recently been photographed having a selfie taken with a holocaust denier and travelled to Sicily to support the anti-Immigrant campaign, Defend Europe.

Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, is more than happy to drag up and reignite ancient and colonial division between Sikhs and Muslims, which SAS seems more than happy go along with and draw out to no constructive or positive benefit or outcome.

Returning to the Sikh communities grievances with police monitoring of hate crimes and having corresponded with Jasvir Singh of the Sikh Federation, UK, the available data for hate crimes against Sikhs would suggest that some 3,500 hate crimes were misreported and recorded for 2015/ 6.

But do such valid grievances of Muslim grooming gangs and the marginalisation of Sikh concerns regarding the police ever warrant the Sikh communities White supremacist associations?

Many members of the Sikh community say no!

The comments have been anonymised in a now apparently deleted Facebook post, but here are some of the sentiments voiced by Sikhs in relation to SAS’s antiMuslim stance and links to the Far Right:

“Katie Hopkins a known and openly racist broadcaster?”

“Fucking pricks. You don’t represent my community.”

“Why are you aligning us with Katie Hopkins? She is hijacking this for her own cause”

Hardeep Singh, of the Sikh Messenger, has tweeted and posted numerous comments and articles against Muslims, including mocking the right of Muslim women to choose and have the right to wear head and face coverings in public.

In response to Singh’s mocking of the right to wear face and head coverings, the Sikh Federation appeared to condemn his comments and in fact draw parallels with similar concerns affecting Sikhs in Europe.

Author: Jason Schumann

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Tommy Robinson, Alt-Right antiMuslim Propaganda, and the Portland Terror Attack

1 Jun

[Published 31 May 2017]

In recent days, Jeremy Christian has been charged with the murder of two individuals and the serious wounding of a third, who came to the aid of two young Muslim women on a train in Portland, Oregon, who were being subjected to “aggressive Islamophobic verbal abuse” by Christian. 

The three victims have been called heroes and Christian has rightly been labelled a terrorist by witnesses and the public in general.

Within eight hours of a campaign to raise money for the families of the three victims, Muslim communities had raised over 100,000 dollars, a figure that now stands in excess half a million.

At his arraignment, Christian, who is now known to be White supremacist, justified his attack on the two women and the strangers who came to their aid, by shouting in the courtroom that he was acting out his first amendment rights.

In defiance of the court and public outrage of his callous act of murder, Christian was heard calling out: “free speech or die”, “death to the enemies of America”, proclaiming what he did was an act of patriotism.

On learning of the incident, former leader of the far right group EDL and Pegida, alt-right mouthpiece and all-round antiMuslim thug, Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was quick to blame Muslims for the Portland terrorist attack.

He tweeted the following remark on the 27 May 2017:

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Robinson deleted the tweet several hours later; but only after realising, or being informed that the terrorist in this instance, Jeremy Christian, is a White supremacist. Presumably, the narrative had changed beyond his control to milk it in the way in which he would have wished.

In another, either failure to grasp the facts of the matter or complete misinterpretation of a news event that did not quite fit his narrative to easily exploit and to further his rhetoric of the ‘Islamification of the West’, Robinson posted a link to a newsflash of a train in High Wycombe, UK, being evacuated by police.

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As it turns out, Robinson was also wrong about this incident; and so, presumably again, wilfully or ignorantly, posted something about nothing in order to further stir up fear and resentment against Muslims by his followers and those gullible to believe in everything he posts as being fact.

This is in the same week as Robinson being convicted of contempt of court and given a suspended 3-month sentence, as well as claiming that we are at war and calling for the mass deportation and incarceration of Muslims, following the Manchester attack, carried out by Salman Abedi.

In a further effort to create divide and stir up hatred toward British Muslims, Robinson also posted an image of Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, holding a copy of the Qur’an purportedly taken immediately after the Manchester attack. In fact, the image of CC Hopkins was taken almost a year ago. Robinson was corrected, but chose to throw insults instead of retract or apologise.

All the while, the likes of the counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, who have previously sponsored Robinson and received government funding to work with and re-educate him, still hold the view that Robinson is neither a danger to Muslims nor an extremist.

Robinson also blamed the terrorist attack in Dortmund on fanatical Muslims, when, in fact, the attack was carried out by members of a far right group.

A journalist posting such inflammatory accuracies and propaganda – as Robinson clearly does quite regularly – would be challenged without question. Robinson, however, appears to lack any integrity and has neither retracted nor apologised for doing so. Neither has he condemned Jeremy Christian.

If Robinson wishes to wipe the slate clean and cast off the label of being an extremist himself; or at least an apologist for White supremacy, he needs to cease door-stepping individuals who call him out as such in order to intimidate them; stop posting false and inaccurate news to inflame; and start being pro-active by engaging in constructive debate and actions with those he views as enemies of Western, Liberal ideology.

Until then, Tommy, you will remain an extremist in many people’s eyes. That, or an apologist and a racist thug, at best.

Author: Jason Schumann

The Differences and Perceptions of a Europe under Threat: Islamisation and Islamofascism in Context

5 Oct

In a constantly changing world and a post-modern Europe, the author, David LaBoon (2011) expresses the view that there exists a cultural and religious struggle to reterritorialize the European political and cultural space in response to globalization and increasing geopolitical issues and the shifting borders of Europe (p. 50). Indeed, there is a clear perception that the primacy of Eurocentric conceptions of identity; or Eurocentrism, are held as ‘universal or natural’ and perceived to be under attack from what is defined as the ‘Muslim problem’ or ‘Muslim other.’ It is clear that these perceptions are influenced by issues such as the global movement of people (immigration); the veil in the public space; acts of Islamist terrorism; and over a decade of international tensions arising from civil wars and Western invasions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The world media’s role has also ‘politicized’ perceived threats against European conceptions of group and collective identities, and pit the Christian ideology against Islamic, increasing tensions between the two, resulting in a ‘power struggle’ that has significantly harmed the space of intercultural dialogue and inter-religious relations. Even political, civil society, Far Right and cultural organizations have fanned the flames of difference. Individuals fight it out on social media, daily. It combines to whip a storm and set the scene for proxy wars based on the politics of identity.

This fear and hatred of East against West, is a self-perpetuating cycle of vicious atrocity after atrocity and endless violence and social, cultural and political hyperbole and scare-mongering by deluded knuckle-draggers on both sides. At its least harmful, it is blatant political rhetoric and manoeuvring and prejudicial tat-for-tat nonsense, that has pit community against community; government against government; and people against people. The cycle appears endless and doomed to destruction; because no-one has offered a viable solution to resolve the issues to bring about peace and understanding between the two, or appears willing to listen to the other side and the solutions and proactively work toward them. Thus, in order for Muslims to fit in with European and Western ideals of secularism, equality, and liberalism… it is maintained that ‘Muslims’ must adapt and conform to the legitimized European notion of national unity. In contrast, Muslims claim this is proscriptive and enforced abandonment of their cultural and religious identities; resulting in the rise of the Islamist movement, increasing politicization of Muslim presence and identity and also home-grown terrorists in Europe and the West. Many Muslims are hyper-sensitive about this and see themselves as the ‘victims’ and crusaders against Western totalitarianism.

Europeans fear the increasing presence of Muslim immigrants setting up homes in their green and once ‘white only’ communities, and unwanted changes to their traditional landscapes and architecture with the building of mosques and minarets. European communities have become increasingly intolerant of the Muslim presence and ascribe to the notion of B.A.N.A.N.A (building absolutely nothing, anywhere near anyone); because Islam is viewed as incompatible and not part of European society, values, or identity. If the building of a mosque is proposed, then it is immediately challenged through legislation or the planning process because the ‘minaret is (and shouldn’t be) higher than the church spire.’ The presence of Muslims and Islam are always challenged as being detrimental to ‘my’ sense of identity and what ‘I’ perceive to be ‘relevant, acceptable and tolerable to me.’ And so it goes… ‘I don’t like the clothes you wear, so you should dress like me if you wish be a part of this society.’ In much of Europe, this pathological and schizophrenic resentment of Muslims has encouraged governments to introduce laws that increasingly restrict the rights of Muslims, giving special protections to the rights of European communities and cultural values. For Muslims, this is an intolerable attempt to enforce conformity and marginalize their faith and identity. Coupled with US and European invasions and assaults on MENA countries, resulting in hundreds and thousands of needless Muslim deaths and clear evidence of torture and rendition; Muslims have responded with violent acts against Europe nations and governments and challenged the laws of governments they perceive to be intolerable and a threat to their civil liberties.

Neither Muslims nor Europeans are willing to accept the positive contributions of the other. Both constantly attack one another and believe they are under constant attack and that their freedoms, history and identities are being eroded by the presence of the other. Muslim terrorists have acted with extreme forms of violence and terrorist acts such as with the bombing of London in July 2005 and the crashing of two planes into the World Trade Center in September 2001. Europeans turn to violent protests and choose to burn down mosques, because they fear their presence and that of Muslims is polluting their society and slowly taking it over and that soon they will be powerless and forced to live under Sharia. Even before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the retaliatory attacks of Al-Qaeda on Western society; Muslims and Europeans consider the other an invader. So the cycle of intolerance continues and there appears little sign of abating or of coexistence.

Indeed, Muslim terrorists are fascists of today, as the Germans and Italians were in the 20th century. Radical Muslim terrorists are intent on the destruction of Western society. But they will never succeed. In tackling radical Islam, Europeans should not fear the presence of peaceful Muslims who simply wish to settle and live in the abode of the West. It is Muslim fascists who despise Europe and the West for its perceived neo-imperialist efforts to control and profit from the Middle East and defeat Islam so that Western values hold social, cultural and political dominance on the world stage. These Muslims are Islamofascists and fascism is fascism, as neo-imperialism is capitalist with some elements of fascism. However, the largest and most persistent faction of fascism in Europe is the rise of the Far Right. But all forms of fascism should and will be routed out by governments and their security services. Islamofascism has little or no presence in Europe; it is largely present in Middle Eastern and African countries, as a counter-response to Western incursion into predominantly Islamic countries and persecution of Muslims in those countries.

That Muslims are increasingly settling in Europe, is contributing to the reshaping of European social, cultural and political landscapes and our identities in many ways. It does not mean that European identities and values are being Islamized, eroded or altered inalieniably. Issues of population control are separate to issues of identity and should not be used to demonize Muslims in Europe. Society’s values and identities are not stagnant and rigid. This notion of a de facto singular sense of European identity is rather Cartesian in its concept and has already been debunked. The fact is, we all have many identities and they are always changing. These changes in society, our values, population and our identities are inevitable and increasingly due to the effects of globalization. Whether Muslim or Christian, we all have a right to protect our identities, values and beliefs. No-one has the right to suppress the other, or impose one identity on another. That Europeans perceive European identity as being Islamized is now part of a condition of known as block-thinking, in that the condition of perceived Islamization is paralyzing coexistence between East and West. If any part of Europe is being Islamized, it is largely Muslims who it effects and only affects Europeans if they become reactionary toward the presence of Muslims or wish to convert to Islam themselves. If European identities are in crisis, then it is because of religious abandonment, shifting global power dynamics and the decline of old imperialism. The core issue is not about the erroneous belief in the Islamization of Europe, but flexibly reimagining European identities in a new global context and not allowing the debate of Muslims in Europe to become polarized by inward-looking, religious and cultural agendas insistent on self-preservation. To do so, only serves to further the extremes of European and Muslim fundamentalism and mutual hostility.

Author: Jason Schumann

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