That's right, Baroness Warsi has been off spouting nonsense once again! Having called Britain a police state in the past, and only last week slating the right-wing of the Tory party for daring to question the electoral policy of throwing the election so the Lib Dems can win, Baroness Warsi has now come out and has basically said that it is bigoted to refer to "moderate and "extremist" Muslims! Here are the various extracts from her speech to Leicester University,
"Indeed, it seems to me that Islamophobia has now crossed the threshold of middle class respectability.
For far too many people, Islamophobia is seen as a legitimate – even commendable – thing. You could even say that Islamophobia has now passed the dinner-table-test.
The drip feeding of fear fuels a rising tide of prejudice. So when people get on the tube and see a bearded Muslim, they think “terrorist” …when they hear “Halal” they think “that sounds like contaminated food”…and when they walk past a woman wearing a veil, they think automatically “that woman’s oppressed”. And what’s particularly worrying is that this can lead down the slippery slope to violence.
We need to think harder about the language we use. And we should be careful about language around religious “moderates”. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. It’s not a big leap of imagination to predict where the talk of “moderate” Muslims leads: In the factory, where they’ve just hired a Muslim worker, the boss says to his employees: “not to worry, he’s only fairly Muslim”. In the school, the kids say “the family next door are Muslim but they’re not too bad”. And in the road, as a woman walks past wearing a Burkha, the passers-by think: “that woman’s either oppressed or making a political statement”."
Remind me again - Why is this woman a high ranking member of the Conservative Party? This is not the speech of a sound minded right-winger, this is the sort of nonsense we would hear from the uber socialist diversity officers encouraging us to spend billions of pounds of taxpayers money on "diversity initiatives" and whatnot!
It is difficult to know what is most galling about Baroness Warsi's comments. Is it the blatant putting down of her own country as bigoted, when it is in fact one of the most tolerant countries in the world? Is it the condescending assumptions of what the masses "really think" about Islam (When they hear "Halal", they think "contaminated food")? Or is it the cynical attempt to shut down free speech on the implied threat of "racism" and "Islamophobia"? Yes, I think it is that last one!
Under this vague banner of "Islamophobia", people in America and especially Britain have been hushed into not discussing one of the most important issues of our time - the spread of Islam and its violent tendencies. As a consequence of this tip-toeing around, we now often speak of "moderate" Muslims - those who are peaceful and do not advocate violence, and "extreme" Muslims who do. This is a fair distinction as it forms the middle ground between tarring all Muslims as evil, and ignoring the problem altogether by burying one's head in the politically correct sand.
However, Baroness Waris would say that we are not even allowed to do this anymore - for even this too is offensive. She is concerned that this sort of speaking has "passed the dinner-table-test." Well, yes it has Baroness, it has passed the dinner-table-test because it is true. There are indeed a majority of Muslims who are peaceful and on Britain's side, and then there are a significant minority of nutters who are violent and pose one of the biggest threats to British and American safety since the war! So whether we make a distinction between "moderates" and "extremists" "soft" and "hard" Islam, or whatever we call it, there is a distinction to be made.
The problem is with people like Baroness Warsi is that that reality of a situation does not fit in with their blinkered view of the world, where all that matters is "diversity" and "tolerance" and not the fact that there may be some legitimate questions and concerns that need answering. Ultimately it is this false "diversity" and "tolerance" that leads to the most ardent campaigns for censorship and blatant intolerance of those who disagree with the views of the politically correct classes.
It is not racist or bigoted to have concerns about Islam, nor is it bigoted or racist to distinguish between those who are violent and those who are not. If Baroness Warsi does not like the conversations people are having, perhaps she should ask why they are having them, as opposed to just smearing everyone she doesn't like as a bigot.
The Conservative Party needs to sack this woman as soon as is physically possible - she is not a conservative, but a power hungry authoritarian leftist, and she will do great harm to the party if her inane ramblings are allowed to continue.