It could not be otherwise and the the media continued its attention to the Paris attacks. Unfortunately the liberal press, in the main, continued to miss the point and continued to try and separate the attacks from Islam. Though there are glimmers of light. This article in Left Foot Forward raises the importance of tackling this issue. As it reports..

“But something somewhere is seriously wrong when prejudice against a community is one’s primary concern on the day a nation suffers the biggest acts of violence in decades.”

and we are unlikely to be able to tackle this problem unless we discuss it. Dissenting voices in the Muslim community need to be encouraged and removing the link removes the impetus for change.

Why, after all, would we Muslims work on solving a problem that isn’t ours to being with?

it is also increasingly clear that facing this problem with Islam could also help deal with the problem of Islamophobia.

It’s a no-brainer that once Islamist extremism is curtailed, anti-Muslim bigotry will be gradually snuffed out in synchrony.

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  1. It is, in fact, very much a Muslim problem. Most Islamist terror attacks are directed at other Muslims in Muslim majority countries. A little over a year ago, I attended a human rights conference in London organized by Maryam Namazie. Are you familiar with her work? She’s an ex-Muslim but quite a few of the other people there were practicing Muslims. The were definitely a minority in the group, but they were there.

    Kenan Malik has written quite a bit about how the variety of voices within minority communities is ignored.

    Islamist violence is a world wide problem. Western countries experience the least of it as this political movement seeks to take over the Muslim world. What did I read the other day? I can’t find it right now, but it was something about how many Muslim majority countries were highly worried about Islamist terrorism.

    In the West we hold up certain groups as representing minorities and they have an outsized voice. I try to follow people like Namazie since I think she sets a good example for seeing the differences among opposing Islamism, criticizing Islam and bigotry against Muslims. (For the record, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with criticizing religions, including Islam, but it’s different than opposing Islamism. Many practicing Muslims oppose Islamism.)

    I take it you’re in the UK. There’s been a little bit of a stir with a talk Namazie gave recently. Perhaps you’ve seen it.

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