I had two interesting phone calls recently.
The first was from an irate muslim who asked “do you know what Islam means? It means peace!”
I explained that it means submission, but he wouldn’t have it.
He then said that “whatever muslims did in their own country” (killing non-muslims and so on) “was their business”.
When I replied “OK so muslims can do what they like in their own country, but I can’t demonstrate against it in mine?” he replied “Yes” meaning I had no right to demonstrate “because it would incite hatred”.
Maybe this is why there is a complete media blackout on Islamist murders of non-muslims in the Phillipines, Malaysia, Indonesia and in other parts of the world. Reporting such hate-filled crimes would incite hatred.
He asked for an example of where sharia was infiltrating English life and I gave the infamous example of where non-muslim schoolchildren were fed halal turkey at Christmas. He argued that nothing was wrong with that. When I asked whether it would be wrong to feed muslim children haram (non-halal) meat he whined “of course that would be wrong”.
To a Western mind his attitude would be considered flagrant hypocrisy, but I doubt whether he sees it so?
It was pointless arguing about islamism with someone who doesn’t even know what the word ‘Islam’ means.
The second phone call was an even more mind-boggling interchange.
I phoned a foremost women’s rights group and asked if they would be sending representatives along to the London demo on 26th October.
After calling me a racist (does the accusation mean anything anymore, it has been cheapened so much?) the women at the other end of the line explained that most if not all islamist activity was due to the Iraq war.
When I asked “so let me get this right, women are treated badly in some Islamic countries because of the Iraq war?” she answered “yes”.
The conversation left me in no doubt that a once worthy women’s rights organisation has become just another spin-off of the anti-war coalition.
Don’t get me wrong. I am against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but for a completely different reason to not only that given by the anti-war coalition, but also to just about any other reason people have offered for being against either war.