No Truth Please, We’re British: Killing the messenger after the London attacks

No Truth Please, We’re British: Killing the messenger after the London attacks, by Brice Bawer.

As Theresa May said (in what already seems destined to become an immortal statement), “Islamist terror” has nothing do with Islam.

Islam is a religion of hate. But when that hate manifests itself in jihadist terror, the proper leftist move is to turn away from the reality of that hate — which last Wednesday sent several innocent people to a hospital or a morgue — to the purported “hate” of decent, law-abiding individuals who have had quite enough of murderous jihadist hate.

Instead of acknowledging that a large minority (if not an outright majority) of British Muslims support sharia law in the U.K. (and that more than a few privately applaud terrorism), you’re supposed to invoke the fantasy of a Britain in which all citizens, infidel and Muslim, share the same values and live together in harmony — except, of course, for the horrid Islamophobes, who, simply by mentioning the Islamic roots of Islamic terror, are exploiting terrorism, dishonoring its victims, and subverting social harmony. …

Maintaining that Islam’s critics “hate the very idea of cosmopolitan communities” (no, they hate barbarism), [Sunny] Hundal called on Londoners to learn from the spirit of the Battle of Britain: “Keep Calm and Carry on.” But there’s a big difference between now and then. During World War II, Brits named their enemy. Everyone openly recognized Nazism as a monstrous ideology. And the media didn’t respond to German bombings in the East End by slandering Churchill as a “Naziphobe.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil