Tommy Robinson Leaves the EDL
Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League (a counter-jihad and anti-Islamist movement in England), has just resigned in order to join hands with the Muslim organization Quilliam, a group which says that its primary aim is to 'fight against extremism in the Muslim community'. (Another twelve senior EDL members have also left.)
Tommy Robinson has justified his decision by saying that he doesn't 'want to lead a war against all Muslims'. It was also partly explained by his fight against open National Socialists (Nazis) within the movement; though not always strictly within the EDL itself. For example, Tommy Robinson's main problem, according to the British National Party (BNP), is to see things in terms of Islam and the behavior of Muslims (as Muslims) rather than in terms of race. On the BNP website it said:
"As genuine nationalists we have deep ideological differences with the EDL leaders who openly support the ethno-cultural genocide of the indigenous English through mass colonisation and multi-racialism."
Tommy Robinson is entering the lion's den even if some of those lions may be friendly. Quilliam could, at least in theory, run rings around Robinson. Not because he is stupid; but simply because they are Muslims who have become experts in defending Islam. In other words, they may persuade Mr. Robinson that Islam itself has absolutely nothing at all to do with Islamism and Islamic terrorism; let alone with Muslim sexual grooming and increasing sharia law in the UK. Yet this is almost equivalent to saying that Hitler's National Socialism had nothing at all to do with the Second World War and the Holocaust.
That scholarship, or pseudo-scholarship and taqiyya (depending on how you look at things), may well pay dividends for Quilliam. In Nicky Campbell's BBC interview with Tommy Robinson yesterday, Campbell talked about Quilliam's 'Islamic scholars' in hushed and admiring tones, as if he were talking about a great mystery or some holy persons. Everyone feels intimidated by scholars. (Actually, we are probably more intimidated by the words 'Islamic scholar'.) But no one should be. These people were Muslims before they were Islamic scholars and they were still Muslims through and after such scholarship. The scholarship itself was never even a tiny challenge to their faith. It fact, such scholarship reinforced and strengthened their faith -- that's what it's for. Yet there are literally tens of thousands -- one on every street corner in some places -- of 'Islamic scholars' throughout the world who are often little more than Islamic automatons whose only skill is that they can memorize Islamic texts and the Islamic party line (as it were). Being intimidated by the average Islamic scholar is almost like being intimidated by someone who can memorize the names and numbers of a phone-book. This is something that Tommy Robinson should bear in mind when he has discussions with Quilliam.
The Muslim & Leftist Enemies of the Quilliam Organisation
Quilliam may well be taqiyya supreme. Alternatively, it may be manned by Muslims who are banging their heads against an Islamic brick wall or who are trying to put moderate square shapes into immoderate round holes (just as the 'feminist Muslim', Irshad Manji, is). Nonetheless, people must at least face the possibility that some Muslims are sincere about their moderation. If they don't, then they may well come across as bigots.
Despite saying that, moderate Muslims -- even if they exist in numbers -- are not winning out in the Muslim world or even here in the UK. On top of that, many officially moderate Muslims -- such as the BBC's Mo Ansar and Inayat Bunglawala (to name only two) -- are not actually moderate at all.
And there is also another problem: the Quilliam Foundation is hated by both extreme Muslims and by those who claim to be moderate -- including, again, Mo Ansar and Inayat Buglawala.
Quilliam is also under attack from the usual Leftist suspects, such as the Stalinist fanatic Seamus Milne, professional Islamophiles Jonathan Githens-Mazer and Robert Lambert, as well as the Islamo-Trotskyist Yvonne Ridley.
So Trotskyists, Communists, and progressives are just as against Quilliam as some in the counter-jihad movement are. Why? Because, as white middle-class Leftists, they prefer their Muslims to be Islamists. After all, in their perverse worldview, Islamists are basically Trotskyists/ Communists/progressives with brown skin. And like them, they are out to destroy the West and capitalism. Thus this support of Islamist totalitarianism, from totalitarian Leftists, is no surprise at all. In follows, at least to these middle-class and white Leftists, that all non-Islamist Muslims are essentially 'Uncle Toms'; just as these white Leftists also once believed that all black people who didn't like rap or support the Black Panthers were Uncle Toms.
Consequently, even if Quilliam is a moderate organization, it will probably not win out in the end. Most Muslims hate it and only non-Muslims -- such as Tommy Robinson! -- seem to have any time for what it says and does. And that's precisely why most Muslims hate it. This means that Quilliam's battle against Islamic extremism may have been lost even before it began.