This comes as no surprise.
I don’t like the article though. Hardly surprising as it comes from that comic The Express (which claims ludicrously to be “The World’s Greatest Newspaper” - it’s OK for lighting fires - I’ll give it that).
Why do I not like it? because this isn’t about Islamic nut-jobs banning our culture. It is about them banning culture full-stop. Music is not a Western only conceit. Neither is fantastic literature or sport. Have you read the 1001 Nights or seen an Indian or Pakistani cricket crowd recently?
That is the point. Islamism is not a culture opposed to ours. It is opposed to all culture. To everything fine or noble (or just fun) in any culture. It is so deadeningly nihilistic that it can afford no distraction from it’s central goals of power and control, murder and chaos. Because Islamism is so horrendously dull that no distraction can be tolerated for the fear that someone’s interest in chess (hardly a Western innovation anyway) or cricket or music or secular literature will result in them developing interests beyond mindlessly droning away the recitation of the Qu’ran in a language that has been dead for over a thousand years.
I mean where knows where a bit of free inquiry might end?
That’s Islamist culture. It’s a void. It’s a non-space. It is the most evil, nihilistic ideology conceived by the minds of men. I mean even the fucking Nazis had the Horst Wessel Lied and the Soviets had the “Song of the Tractor”. Hardly Gilbert and Sullivan I’ll grant you but something at least.