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How Does The Metropolitan Police Classify An ‘Islamophobic’ Hate Crime?

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In the wake of any mass Islamist terror attack on mostly non-Muslims, it doesn’t take long before the ‘anti-Muslim backlash’ narrative takes centre stage, namely that good regular Muslims are under siege, or being ‘lynched’ en masse at the hands of non-Muslims.

Now, there is no doubt that Muslims do face anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.K. and one instance of it is one too many. It’s also true that these instances increase after Islamist terror atrocities. I simply wonder whether they are as significant as the media coverage would have you believe, and what the criteria is for classifying something as ‘Islamophobic’.

The BBC reported  that ‘Anti-Islam hate crimes triple in London after Paris attacks’ earlier this week. I’ve been forever suspicious of accepting statistics of this kind at face value since the organisation Tell Mama were found to be inflating their figures by equating what amounted to online insults to ‘violent attacks’. Some of which didn’t even originate from Britain.

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Paris Terror Ringleader Smoked & Drank Alcohol. So?

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Christmas has come early for the regressive left. Reports have landed to suggest Paris terror Ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was partial to the odd tipple and spliff – because an eyewitness said she was ‘99% sure’ she saw him ‘smoking and drinking’. This proves he was not a Muslim apparently, or at the least, not a sincere one. This is followed by reports that one of the suicide bombers owned a bar, despite alcohol being forbidden in Islam. Depending on your interpretation of course.

This kind of thing is not new. 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and his crew were said to have visited a strip club before they embarked on their suicide mission. The same amateur theologians jumped on this detail to spin their apologist yarn too. As though all that ‘Allahu Akbarring’ was just a bit of a laugh.

Of course, everyone cherry picks their religion. That is actually a good thing. This is why Christians by and large no longer burn witches or admonish those who eat shellfish. Yet would the mainstream dare to claim people refraining from these acts are not truly Christians? Of course not.

It’s also wickedly amusing that those looking to defend Islam point to booze and drugs, rather than the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents as their strongest ‘get out of Islam free card’.

It seems no matter how many times Islamists tell us exactly why they are doing what they are doing, followed by a demonstration of their sincerity, it won’t be enough to shake these people out of their bubble. If you want to make the issue of extremism not only easy, but rewarding on yourself: Just point your finger at anything and everything other than the core, motivating ideology. You’ll render yourself utterly redundant on the topic, but you won’t lose any friends. And the cheap seats will lap it up.

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here.

‘The Lad Bible’ Refer To France Terror Ringleader as ‘Godless’

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Well, of course we shouldn’t rely on ‘The Lad Bible’ for sensible commentary on world events. They are a click-baiting social media enterprise with a penchant for taking other people’s content without permission or attribution. Worse still, they threaten bloggers with legal action for pointing out as much.

However, they do have a substantial following. At the time of writing this, they have 1.5 million followers on Twitter and just under 11 million ‘likes’ on Facebook. They just tweeted out this1:

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Given I possess more than a few brain cells, I’ve never been a fan of ‘Lad culture’, and I have even less patience for ignorance of this kind.

Sure, this is trivial in the grand scheme of things, but it also serves as a reminder. Despite how much progress has been made in humanistic circles, nonbelievers as a minority are still considered somewhat ‘evil’ in mainstream circles. Take a moment if you will to consider that the individual behind this post grasped for a suitable pejorative to describe a terrorist murderer and settled on ‘Godless’.

The insult aside, those responsible for these atrocities were some of the most godly people on the planet. I’m not sure what else they would need to do to in order to convince a sensible person of their sincerity.

Perhaps I’ve misread The Lad Bible, and they were simply conveying what nonbelievers have known for some time: everyone is Godless.

Stephen Knight is host of The #GSPodcast. You can listen to The Godless Spellchecker Podcast here, and support it by becoming a patron here.

  1. It seems they have now deleted it. A retraction with acknowledgment would have been more appropriate, but again – ‘The Lad Bible’

Taking The Myth – 18 Nov Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics with guest callers. We talk about the horrific Islamist terror attacks in Paris and the appalling regressive response to it. Also, who is ‘Galen Hallcyon’? And why is he refusing to answer questions about his public claim to have conversed with Chapel Hill Murderer Craig Hicks? We’ll also be telling you what you definitely shouldn’t search in Google and share on Twitter. A Scotsman Abroad also blames something on religion.

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