May 23, 2013

The Woolwich Murder: Are Muslim communities really addressing the underlying issues?

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:34 pm by aleksan

I have family and friends, young people, serving in the Army and they are honest caring hard working people doing ther best for all of us in the UK for little money. I am asking all communities, religious or whatever, to take responsibility and face up to what is happening to their young people. There have been spokespeople from the Muslim communities that agree that they have not done enough to encourage their own to act through legitimate and democratic channels rather than take the Law into their own hands.  Right wing  “Little Englander” responses should at the same time be moderated and become less vindictive and simplistic, blaming Muslims for all ills.

Many Muslims have real and well based concerns about the British Government’s political stance, and in particular the fate and injustice often experienced by their brothers and sisters in overseas war zones. However I do not believe that the Muslim community has done enough to prevent “radicalisation” as it is euphemistically called. For too long there has been an ostrich like approach to what has been happening, sometimes denial and sometimes even an implicit collusion. These attitudes lead to distrust of Muslims, fear of what they might turn to and a polarisation of communities.

The same thing used to be the case in Irish Catholic and Protestant communities a few years ago, but after a long time and a lot of community work on both sides, this is now changing. I don’t believe that religion is the main problem – it is poor education, lack of jobs, economic downturn and raw tribal self preservation and prejudice. As a liberal I consider it important to be open and honest about these issues, not pussy foot around them, and to improve the level of education in all communities in our glorious multi-culturally rich society.

On a positive note it has been good to see so many young people getting “Help for Heroes ” T shirts. This is a great non violent protest and shows loyalty to and appreciation of our Armed Forces in these uncertain times.

1 Comment »

  1. Silke said,

    Hear hear. I recently got into a “lively discussion” with a collegue about Israel and Palestine. We both stated our opinions, they differed greatly. Rather than fight about it, we agreed to disagree — and went cordially about our business. No hard feelings at all.
    Another lady I know (devout Christian) made the decision to withhold a (childrens) book about a Muslim girl and a Muslim holiday from her son, based on “They are killing westerners I don’t want my son to read that.”
    I told her point blank that ignorance (on both sides) only fosters the militants who prey on the uninformed. If her son learned about, and understood, what is important to a Muslim — then he can respect it and avoid conflict. This goes both ways. I believe it is important for Muslim children to be exposed to other beliefs too, in order to understand and respect the choices people make.
    How else are we ever going to move forward, if we don’t allow our children to learn and understand?
    Aside from all that…she was touting “tolerance doesn’t work”
    I damn near bit my tongue off so I wouldn’t say something that would come back to haunt me. 🙂


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