- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On January 23, 2013
- 5 Comments
- East London, Muslim patrols
Two men have been arrested in connection with YouTube videos in which members of a group calling themselves “Muslim Patrol” [or rather Islamist patrols] confront members of the public, harass women and shout homophobic abuse at a young man.
That’s all well and good but here’s my question.
This type of harassment and abuse (at best) is meted out day in and day out against “Muslims” who are “improperly dressed”, who are gay, who are ex-Muslim, who are dissenters, who question or criticise Sharia law….
But there are never any arrests of officials from far-Right Islamic organisations and Sharia judges and courts…
In fact outsourcing social control to religious organisations is encouraged by the British government .
This time, it all went horribly wrong only because they targeted non-Muslims.
As the spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain says in opposing the “Muslim Patrols” – all their threats and intimidations – applies only to Muslims.
Then, as we have heard countless times, Islamist bigotry, discrimination and violence must be “respected” no matter how many are abused, threatened, intimidated, or who refuse and resist.
Talk about different standards and rights for different people…