by Emma Barnett
"I raise it because I am more interested in genuine solutions. People bleating “we must defend Britain’s values” is all well and good, but British Muslims have learned nothing from this programme. Nothing at all, with one exception: that they are totally “other” from the rest of the nation.
You can’t shame people into change. Nowhere in history has this short-sighted approach worked.
If you want, as I do, to change the minds of the four per cent of polled Muslims who have sympathy with suicide bombers, or the large number who don’t think Muslims should do more to tackle the causes of extremism, you don’t do it this way.
It is achieved by the government working effectively with the leaders of communities facing such challenges.
In this case, the often criticised Muslim Council of Britain, is the Government’s partner – as are those leading the schools, mosques and charities working with British Muslims.
As a taxpayer, I want to see politicians getting “muscular” within communities where terrorism is tolerated. Really I do.
But TV programmes like this, pumped full of divisive rhetoric, devoid of solutions or context, will only cause more hatred and isolation. They certainly won’t “start a conversation”."
This article nails exactly what is wrong with anti-Muslim rhetoric- it doesen't achieve anything. Constantly talking about how bad and dangerous Islam is will not persuade any Muslims not to join the ranks of Jihadists.