It’s too easy to dismiss Donald Trump as a buffoon – to point and laugh at a man whose worldview is as ridiculous as his hairdo. But to do so is to make light of a very serious threat.
Trump is just the latest public figure to articulate a growing wave of Islamophobia across the western world. His shocking views justify the actions of those who commit hate crimes and worse, play into the hands of terrorists such as Daesh (Islamic State) – making Britain less safe.
Islamophobia is on the rise. The number of Islamophobic incidents recorded by the Metropolitan police increased by 70% over the past year alone. Every time there is a terrorist incident involving evil fanatics who abuse the name of Islam ordinary, law-abiding Muslims pay a heavy price. [Sadiq Khan, 1853 comments]
[TOP RATED COMMENT 516 votes] “We must do more to challenge Islamophobia. As mayor of London, I’ll make tackling hate crimes – including Islamophobia… – a top priority for the Metropolitan police and ensure they get the resources they needs to make a real difference. I’ll work with the police and community organisations to improve the way we report and record Islamophobic crimes – so we have the best possible information to act on”
Really? Why is everyone insistent on pandering to this cult/religion, the polices resources should be spent investigating Murder/Rape and working and walking the beat in order to help people feel safe. You will not get my vote.
This country is not an Islamic one, we are fed up of Islam being put on some sort of pedestal as some sort of inscrutable way of life, it inst we are all humans, if they want to go talk about made up fairy tales, fine, but maybe you should spend police resources on ensuring Islamic hate preachers, problematic mosques and groups of growing radicalised members are being monitored rather than monitoring everyone else in case someone says something that could be considered remotely offensive to Muslims.
[2ND 428] Of course. It’s our fault that people want to join ISIS and kill infidels.
[3RD 369] “Few people in Britain take Trump’s words seriously”
The great majority of what he says should not be taken seriously. Some of it should be, such as the following statement, which the Guardian’s own analysis shows as essentially accurate (if you read through its attempt to change the question):
“In Britain, more Muslims join ISIS than join the British army”.
[4TH 359] A COMMENT SAID: “Tell Mama, the organisation that monitors Islamophobia, revealed there were 115 attacks in the week after the terrorist attack on Paris – a spike of more than 300%”
A lot less than the number that died or had their lives ruptured by the Paris attacks.
‘Islamophobic Attacks’, all non-fatal and a lot likely to have been verbal or merely perceived.
Not nice, but inevitable and – forgive me – inconsequential, in the scheme of things.
[5TH 234] Trump is a fool and I would not like his finger within a hundred miles of the nuclear button.
But over the Muslim issue he is not advocating violence or breaking any of our laws.
Oh and about all these thousands of names on the petition to ban him I’d just love to know if there are many from people who sympathise with the murder of cartoonists and apostates or approved of the fatwa against Rushdie.
Now that is real criminal incitement to violence.
So are we monitoring the people who enter our country to find out their attitudes about apostasy, punishments for homosexuals etc.?
Should we admit anyone who is advocating murder. [Guardian Cif] Read more