The current ISIS terror attacks abroad, in Tunisia, France and Kuwait are successfully spreading alarm and despondency, not just in beleaguered British people. Haras Rafiq, Managing Director of the Quilliam Foundation, a think tank established and funded to challenge extremism and encourage pluralism, told the Sunday Programme on R4 this week, that he is also having to change his holiday plans.
He explained that he usually takes his family on holiday to a ‘Muslim majority country,’ which doesn’t sound very pluralistic to me, but perhaps it’s from fear of seeing people indulging in the sin of mixed bathing which many Muslims hate as much as a beer and sausage festival.
He has now decided that the risk of going to such places and getting shot is too high. In a choice between seeing a bevy of bouncing bikinis or a machine gun produced from under a parasol, he has decided to go with the pink sun-scorched infidel flesh.
The BBC has however come up with a possible solution to the problem of young Muslims living in the west being radicalised. They think British life just needs more Islam. On the Sunday Programmed, Aaqil Ahmed who is BBC Commissioning Editor for religion and ‘Head of Religion and Ethics,’ no less, after moving from Channel 4 where he was ‘Head of Multicultural Programming,’ has decided to instigate an across the board set of programmes, particularly using the social media which attracts young people. He has called it, ‘My Ramadan.’
There have been attempts to make Ramadan a mainstream part of British life for some time. When I was working in the NHS I was issued with a request to be ‘sensitive to those who are fasting.’ I also received an e mail from an MP wishing me a, ‘Happy Ramadan.’
Ahmed says he is ‘worried by the lack of religious literacy in society,’ following a poll which showed that only half of people interviewed knew anything about the real meaning and practise of Ramadan. He says he wants to ‘coral as much of our out put together around particular moments.’ Moments being the new buzz word, in this case it refers to the whole month of Ramadan. He wants to tackle the ‘lack of religious literacy about what people believe in this society.’
He means they don’t know enough about us, i.e. Islam. To tackle this, the BBC has changed local weather bulletins to show the times of sun-rise and sun-set to help with the fast, and set up a panoply of events to add more inclusiveness for Muslims, because as he pointed out, there are now a lot of them living here, two point seven million at the last count.
‘We are trying to attract that young audience,’ he said.
Or what? He didn’t say it, he likes to use the term, ‘normalise’ but he wants more Islamification to curb the anger and social isolation of many young Muslims trapped as they are in their ghettos of the mind. The BBC website is full of fun and games including Emily Buchanan one of their foreign affairs correspondents in a headscarf, looking earnest. The underlying message of this fatuous little game the BBC is playing, is of course sinister; if you don’t want more trouble make us the mainstream, in fact, make us the norm. We are not going away to live in Islamic countries and we are not going to change one jot to accommodate your culture, so if you want a nice peaceful society perhaps you better convert to Islam. You know it makes sense.