Friends, Humans, Earth-dwellers,
The German-origin protest group PEGIDA (which stands for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the west”) are doing their first protest today in the UK and it takes place in Newcastle Upon-Tyne. I think the key thing to take into account here is that it says “Islamisation” and not “Muslim invasion”.
There are groups (Unite Against Fascism and Unite Newcastle) planning to march in a demonstration against the demonstration marching against Islam extremism. Why? Do they encourage such things as the Paris attacks? I doubt it, but they appear to be protesting against the wrong thing. They are, in effect, marching in favour of extremism in Islam; in a sort of “we want Islam warts n’ all” kind of attitude. Those protesting against PEGIDA more than likely have done no research into what they stand for, but just go on hear-say, such as “they are a racist group.” Which they evidently are not in any sense. If you too have little idea as to what they intend for this rally, then I direct you to a post on their Facebook page about the rally today: https://www.facebook.com/pegida.uk/posts/1570465236528862
Yet even people who are supposed to know about what is going on in their city are going on what they are told by others rather than doing some actual research into what the group itself has to say. My prime example here is the Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah, who has said:
“PEGIDA is targeting Muslims in our community and we have to stand up and say it is wrong, Islamaphobia is wrong, anti-semitism is wrong, all racism is wrong…”
So many points to refute…
- PEGIDA is not “targeting” Muslims in the community in the malicious way she implies. They have even invited muslims to join them in their protests against extremism. So, that shows how little she knows about the purpose of the protest, and how little research she is willing to do in her surrender to the extreme wing of Islam’s will.
- If that was PEGIDA’s goal then she may have a point about it being wrong, but it isn’t, and she doesn’t.
- I have already discussed how “Islamaphobia” is not a thing. Islam is an ideology, Islamaphobia is a term used to conflate criticism of an idea, with racism. It is the equivalent of saying “Marxismophobia” then being called racist for not agreeing with the tenets of Marxism. It is utter nonsense.
- To then deliver the next few words should insult everyone’s sense of decency and intelligence: “anti-semitism is wrong”, as if a) we wouldn’t have known had she not said, and b) that PEGIDA are anti-semitic. The latter is explicitly implied and is downright dishonest and looks to paint PEGIDA in a bad light on purpose. Disingenuous.
- “All racism is wrong”. Now, this is similar to the point above. She implies that PEGIDA are a racist group, which they are not. Again, disgusting comments from an MP who really should know better if she is representing the people’s voice of Newcastle. OF COURSE racism is wrong, but including it in this sentence is unnecessary, and it seems more like an axe to grind than a point relating to this rally.
If she does believe that muslims are a race, then I wonder if she could explain how you can choose not to be a muslim and therefore change your race…
If it is becoming racist to judge an ideology on the actions coming as a result from following it and “unchangeable” written tenets, then we are trivialising actual racism. Actual hatred of people based on race is far, far more of an issue and a far more important one to stamp out than (again) the criticism of an idea that happens to be held in a vast majority, by middle-eastern people.
PEGIDA do not wish to cause harm (as they say in the post linked above), they wish to stand up for what they believe in, and that is the democracy of the european (and “western” if you wish) value system which is – like it or not – being attacked and eroded away by Islamic maniacs wishing to impose their theocratic dictatorship upon everyone else, as shown by all the terrorist attacks, call-to-arms speeches against “the west”, constant threat of bombings etc. etc. Every single day there is something in the news about Islam related threats or harm caused. If I lived even close to Newcastle I would be joining them because I’d wager most of the non-muslims defending Islam haven’t read the Qur’an nor the Hadith and just go along with what appears to be the more friendly option – allowing Islam to do as it pleases in the name of peaceful co-operation.