Over at Comment Is Free the hottest topic is Jackie Ashley's Londonistan post, with 500-plus comments.
On the one side, people who are worried about a perceived growth in Islamist power in the UK, and think we are on the path to terrible dangers.
On the other side, people who are worried about a perceived growth in anti-Islamic sentiment in the UK, and think we are on the path to terrible dangers. To these posters, the Muslims are the new Jews, and 'Islamophobia' is the new anti-semitism.
I'm not sure if this latter argument holds much water. Did extremist German Jews in the 1920s and 30s set off terrorist bombs in the Berlin subway, and demonstrate in the capital calling for a repeat performance ? Did they announce that German civilisation would soon be replaced by an Orthodox state, with the whole of the Reich one giant eruv ? Maybe they did and the worldwide Zionist conspiracy kept it out of the history books.
I added my four-penn'orth to the debate, and linked to my old post about the cleansing of the red-light districts in Lumb Lane, Bradford and Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Both cases were hailed as 'community action' at its best. Only an angry correspondent to the T&A pointed out that the cleansing was achieved by "violence and a form of gender/racial cleansing instigated primarily by Asian youth against working white women."
In reality what happened was that the streets became unsafe for ANY young white woman to walk - or even drive, in some instances. A friend of mine was attacked and her car stoned - she subsequently moved from the area she'd lived in for six years.
When posting before I'd missed the angry correspondent from Balsall Heath, pointing out that the same thing had happened there.
"I live in the Balsall Heath of Birmingham and find it strange that the report on community action in the area to remove prostitution fails to mention the Muslims beating up women they suspected of being prostitutes which included students. My friend who was visiting me had a rock thrown at her car because they thought she was a kerb crawler."
You can understand the confusion though - after all, don't ALL non-Muslim women dress like tarts ?
A degree of normality
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