Monday, October 14, 2013

I Am Suffering From Islamofatigue. By Brendan O’Neill.

I am suffering from Islamofatigue. By Brendan O’Neill. The Telegraph, October 14, 2013.


Behind these wild exaggerations of both the hatred for Muslims and the threat posed by Islamists, there lurk political agendas. Islam has effectively been turned into a proxy for the expression of ideas that might otherwise prove difficult to articulate. Among Leftish Islamophiles, ratcheting up panic about rampant Islamophobia has become a PC way of expressing fear of the masses, particularly the tabloid-reading white working classes. Claims that Muslims are constantly at risk from ignorant haters is just a more acceptable way of expressing prejudices about the volatility of the uneducated mob. And among the Right-leaning panickers about Islamism, bashing extremism is a cop-out from having a serious debate about the state of enlightened, reasoned thinking in Britain. How much easier it is to wail “The Islamists are undermining our values of free speech and tolerance!” than to examine the various homegrown trends, from environmentalism to multiculturalism, that are really mauling the enlightened, universalist outlook.