BBC News Online 27 August 2014
By Katie Hall
A "taboo" subject, "ignoring a politically inconvenient truth", threatening "community cohesion", "fear of being thought racist".
The report which revealed the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham - mainly by men of Pakistani heritage - found many reasons why the shocking scale of child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town remained hidden.
Councillors and council staff in particular were criticised for "avoiding public discussion"; some through fear of being thought racist, and some through "wholesale denial" of the problem.
But Zahoor Farid, a Muslim youth worker in Rotherham, described the abuse in the town as "shocking".
The fact these guys were predominantly Pakistani heritage men should not be a reason for providing a cloak of invisibility”
Professor Alexis Jay's report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, said: "Several councillors interviewed believed that by opening up these issues they could be 'giving oxygen' to racist perspectives that might in turn attract extremist political groups and threaten community cohesion."
This has left the leader of a Muslim organisation in Rotherham furious.
"In the name of what community cohesion and political correctness? Not in the name of my community," said Muhbeen Hussain, founder of British Muslim Youth. (continue reading...)
As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife.
Frontpage Mag 27 August 2014
By Robert Spencer
Whatever they may disagree about, Western leaders are in complete agreement about one thing: the new self-styled caliphate, the Islamic State, has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. It’s a comforting, reassuring vision for Western non-Muslims facing a massive influx of Muslim immigrants and jittery about the prospect of Islamic terrorism, except for just one problem: it’s entirely false.
American Thinker 27 August 2014
By Carol Brown
If you ever doubted the direction France is headed, you need doubt no more. The headline reads: "One in six French people say they support ISIS”. Holy halal cow! That’s a lot of people (and I use that term loosely). So much for the narrative of the "moderate Muslim.”
the Clarion Project 27 August 2014
By Ryan Mauro
- The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with Hamas head in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh during the emir's October 2012 visit to Gaza. During the visit, the emir pledged $400 million to the Hamas terrorist organization
Breaking Israel News 27 August 2014
By Daniel Pipes