Rod Liddle

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

If it’s Islam, you can count on the BBC and the Guardian not to mention it

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?
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More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets of Moscow swinging a decapitated toddler’s head while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ is just the kind of image the company wished to dispel. You begin to doubt its vetting procedures for potential nannies, and also whether or not it has a valid Investors In People certificate.

The less than conscientious nanny was from Samarkand in Uzbekistan (which last had a half-decent government in about 1990). ‘I want your death,’ she screamed at the Muscovites, waving the poor child’s head about. The madwoman is now in prison and already, I daresay, the BBC and the Guardian are formulating a means by which her actions can be conveniently detached from the faith of which she is a particularly vigorous adherent. Nothing to do with Islam. Just madness. As if these two states of mind were mutually exclusive.

We are back with the liberals, the people who think that something is a circle when it isn’t a circle. The BBC managed to deliver a series of three reports — the top story of the day — on the conviction of the Muslim child sex abusers and rapists from Rotherham, without at any point mentioning the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’. They were just yer every-day ordinary British folk, then.

I mentioned this fact in a short Sunday Times article and a small handful of liberals objected. What relevance is their religion? Well, on one count, it was the fact that they were Muslims which prevented, for politically correct reasons, the social services and the police doing anything about it for a decade or longer. But even then I might swallow the libtard argument were it not for the fact that this was not a one-off. Very far from it. The same vile abuse has happened up and down the country and the one thing the perpetrators had in common was their religion. If there had been 15 separate incidents of, say, Christadelphian or Methodist gangs raping and sexually abusing children then I suspect that the BBC might have found this strange thing that they all had in common worthy of comment and possibly even investigation.

Some of the liberals went on to assert that the commonality was cultural rather than religious — but it wasn’t, not in the other places away from Rotherham. The commonality was Islam and the attacks were occasioned as a consequence partly of its somewhat tendentious view of women and what one should be allowed to do with them, and its similarly dismissive view of humans who are not Muslim (all the victims were non-Muslim). Nor were the horrific sexual assaults on the continental mainland — the mass attacks at Cologne railway station on New Year’s Eve being the most infamous, but there have been many others — perpetrated by Pakistanis or Bangladeshis, but by North Africans and Arabs. But then the BBC didn’t care to report the identity of those people, either, showing a remarkable lack of curiosity.

There are plenty of Muslims brave enough to admit that there may be something within the faith which facilitates this sort of behaviour, just as there are Muslims who are brave enough to admit that the religion occasionally shows the teensiest little bit of anti-Semitic sentiment. But not the white liberals. They’re still staring at a squiggly line, desperate to believe it’s a circle.

Meanwhile, just to prove that Islam does not have the monopoly on vile acts of extremism, the police have been called in to sort out a very dangerous presence in our midst, a 15-year-old Hampshire boy called Joe Taylor. Teenagers get up lots of bad stuff, of course — but even so, what Joe did frankly beggars belief. He was caught by staff at his school in Hedge End looking up on the internet a website so repulsive that the teacher concerned must have gagged before he reported the matter to the headmistress.

Yes, it was the website of the United Kingdom Independence Party. Within hours the old bill were hammering on his front door, desperate to quiz both Joe and his dad, Mick, about extremism. Mick admitted he had voted Ukip in the past, but in an act of leniency or laxity — you decide — the police decided against pressing charges for this brazen crime. Mr Taylor later told the press: ‘We are turning into a police state and I am worried that everyone is being snooped on now. Ukip is being flagged as an extremist website, like Islamic State. But have they ever beheaded anyone?’

I don’t know Mick, but one of them once suggested that women knew where the mustard pot was kept, which is almost as bad as decapitating someone. In a sense, it is like decapitating an entire gender: that is what they are good for, women — locating the mustard pot. Just that and cleaning behind the fridge. Nothing else.

Aah, in a perfect world you might imagine that a teacher, having observed a pupil checking out the manifesto of a mainstream political party in his spare time, would have commended him for the interest he was taking in the wider world.

But not today’s lot — in the state sector at least. Our state schools are stuffed to the gills with embittered and furious libtards frantically trying to tell each other that the squiggly thing before them, drawn by an imbecile on graph paper, is a circle. They are perfectly capable of equating a political party which has views with which they would ineptly contend with the head-chopping maniacs of the Islamic State. Or, for that matter, with any one of a number of extremist Islamic groups which may draw the line at head-chopping but nonetheless believe that we should abide under a caliphate and that kafirs are no better than cattle.