What’s the point of creating a commission to counter extremism when the government itself won’t deal with it? What’s the point of Prevent if attitudes which help form a continuum of beliefs feeding into extremism and terrorism are being inculcated in state-run schools?
The reason for this abdication of responsibility is cowardice. The government is too frightened to deal with those who either promote or wink at non-violent Islamic extremism. Why is it so frightened? Because its deepest fear is that such groups or individuals may have a critical mass of support.
We are repeatedly told that the vast majority of Britain’s Muslims are moderate. We must hope so; but from the way the community has treated Sara Khan and the head and former chairman of governors at St Stephen’s school, it would appear that Muslims who fight extremism are a most beleaguered minority.
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