Playing by the rules handed down by the politically correct ruling elite, is a mugs game.
I’ve run into similar types from Britain heaping verbal abuse upon the EDL, they offer scant little in the way evidence to back up their claims that the English Defense League are racists and thugs. Most point to earlier participants (who have been subsequently booted from their ranks) as proof of their propensity for violence.
What this really boils down to is, the rejection of ”lowering” of oneself to support, let alone to mingle, with activists struggling to save their communities from Islamization, who are not apt to choose the correct fork at a proper dinner setting.
NOTE: I appreciate Melanie’s fight against Islamization and her pro-Israel support, but the cutting off at the knees of other members in the same fight, is based on falsehoods and therefore, wrong.
Morally Obtuse Melanie Phillips, Redux: “A Turban for a Durban?,” Re-Visited
Blogs by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have brought to my attention Melanie Phillips’ “commentary” on the UK Home Office rulings banning both of the courageous US writers and activists from attending a planned Woolwich commemoration ceremony by the English Defense League (EDL) for drummer, Lee Rigby brutally slain in an act of jihad butchery.
Ms. Phillips rejects “the approach taken by either Geller or Spencer,” to what she terms, “the problem of Islamic extremism” because they dare to associate with a group, the EDL, and mysterious “others,” Phillips further insists, “which at best do not deal with the thuggish elements in their ranks and at worst are truly racist or xenophobic.”
Never mind that Phillips provides not one iota of proof for her allegations against the EDL (she simply regurgitates agitprop calumnies), let alone the unnamed “others.” What I found striking—indeed, as my Yogi, Yogi Berra, might put it, “déjà vu all over again”—is that the morally obtuse Ms. Phillips has apparently learned and remembered nothing from her dangerously uninformed, preferential support of so-called “Muslim reformer” Ed Husain, in reality, a traditionalist Islamic Jew-hating bigot, over the intellectually honest and intrepid Somali Muslim freethinker Ayaan Hiris Ali, circa November, 2007.
Sadly apropos, almost 6-years later, here is what I wrote about Ms. Phillips’ distressingly ignorant “conclusions” following a November, 2007 debate she witnessed between Mr. Husain and Ms. Ali:
Friday, November 23, 2007 “A Turban for a Durban?”
Melanie Phillips attended what she termed a “riveting” debate between the much ballyhooed former Hizbut Tahrir enthusiast Ed Husain and the Somali secularist and former Dutch Parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Two years ago I discussed at some length Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lucid argumentation and moral and physical courage. She remains the same noble, eloquent, and committed person.