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Bugger the extremists

A young member of York mosque displays his message.

A year or so ago, after Fusilier Lee Rigby was butchered on a London street, the English Defence League (or bunch of fascist bastards as they are more commonly known) marched on a mosque in York. The muslims met them with tea and biscuits, and they began to chat, and then they had a game of football, and the riot police went home.

I thought of that last night after the news of the killings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. I thought of all the millions of muslims who are, in effect, our brothers and sisters in this world, who are bracing themselves to pay the price for the atrocities that extremists commit in their name.

Ordinary muslims all over the world are suffering terribly at the hands of extremists at the moment; 200,000 are thought to have died in the civil war in Syria. Thousands more have had to leave their homes. Isis is marching across the Middle East. Young men and women in the west, seduced by the sham ideology of ‘freedom fighting’, are leaving their homes to join the chaos. Some are ending up as suicide bombers, and western governments fear some will come home as terrorists. Maybe that is where yesterday’s killers came from.

We, as the general public, can do nothing, really, to stop these random acts of murder. But we can do everything to show our solidarity as human beings. At the end of some Christian church services, the people in the congregation shake hands with each other. Let’s start going out of our way to shake hands, in reality and metaphorically, with people who don’t share our faith. Let us show that we can stand together. Bugger extremists with guns, let’s show the power of people with pens.

Cup of tea, anyone?


york mosque

Top picture  by Ann Czernik, at http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/may/27/york-mosque-protest-tea-biscuits .

Second picture via creative commons, courtesy of http://dpdpksmedan.org/category/download/page/9/

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13 thoughts on “Bugger the extremists

  1. Facebooked in America.

    Posted by naptimethoughts | January 13, 2015, 7:53 pm
  2. Sorry for the spelling. I meant Excellent!

    Posted by Let's CUT the Crap! | January 8, 2015, 3:29 pm
  3. E.x.e.l.l.e.n.t.

    Posted by Let's CUT the Crap! | January 8, 2015, 3:28 pm
  4. Exactly. The ordinary down to earth working Moslems are suffering in their own countries because of some fundamentalists. They are just people like we are, interested in getting on with their lives in peace. I have no problem at all with those who choose to believe in a god but I do object when someone comes along and claims their god wants more of them when they actually mean they want it.
    From the church in the US that sanctions hitting children as young as 6 if they stand like a gay, to the minister who advised a member of the congregation to have his daughter raped ‘straight’ from her ways to the Church that attends the funerals of gay servicemen who die and disrupts the service with their message of hate.
    All sicken me Now a minister in NZ hits the news saying prayers that a gay parishioner should die. How can these people pervert what is supposed to be a holy book to generate hatred. Fundamentalism has hit both sides and it’s ordinary people who suffer.
    We must band together and remember no matter what the colour of our skin we are one. We all come from the same place.We should both benefit from the same hug at the same time.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    Posted by davidprosser | January 8, 2015, 3:07 pm
    • I suppose that extremists forget that they are small and we are many. Lenin said that a man with a gun can control 100 people who are unarmed. And that is true, until the unarmed people stand up and refuse to take any more. Trouble is, we mostly just want to keep our heads down and get on with our lives. Big hug to you, too

      Posted by elainecanham | January 8, 2015, 3:19 pm
  5. Amen to that. And according to a Muslim friend of mine, we all have something in common, Jews, Christians and Muslims. She called us people of the Book.


    Posted by Loretta Livingstone | January 8, 2015, 2:57 pm
    • Yes. Trouble is, the Koran is not terrifically complimentary about Jews and Christians. The thing we must hold on to, is that we must be free to question different faiths, to ridicule them, even, as Charlie Hebdo did. But we must not ridicule individual people who hold these beliefs.

      Posted by elainecanham | January 8, 2015, 3:23 pm
  6. Agreed. Glad you commented on this.

    Posted by lbwoodgate | January 8, 2015, 1:41 pm

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