What’s the difference between progressives and liberals/conservatives/libertarians? The difference between the left and the rationally observant?
Often, just time. In Trevor Phillips case, about 20 years.
I’ve read a number of articles about his apparent damascene conversion, and there is nothing he is saying which has not been said a thousand times before, just not by him.
Well, at least, someone with impressively impeccable progressive credentials is now speaking the obvious, and apparently backed with equally impressive research data.
Frankly, I can’t see this being a game changer, there are too many influential people with too much invested in the fanciful narrative of Islam being both supremely tolerant of others, and a Religion of Peace. It is just too hard to halt this particular juggernaut, certainly not on a dime. However, normal people are not stupid, and change is emerging – albeit slowly:
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
We are now well past ‘some of the time’, and people are aware of the extent of the snivelling dishonesty, deceit and craven multicultural submission of those who claim to be our leaders.
As to Islamaphobia, which term Phillips apparently popularised? How to counter that charge? Simple, be honest; attack as abusive anyone who uses the term. Treat the accusation with the contempt it deserves, point out the truth to them, to wit:
In a free society I have the right to analyse, criticise, satirise, mock, lampoon and ridicule any belief and opinion to any extent I see fit, without let or hindrance. ‘Islamophobia’ is a fatuous and intellectually junk term whose combined purposes are to smear the target, deceive listeners and protect Islam from this critical analysis, placing it above all other belief systems in this society – a position to which it has no entitlement.
The sole legitimate role the state has in the matter is to ensure both my freedom to do this, and my security following.
Don’t bother explaining how a dislike of Islam isn’t a phobia, an irrational fear. Just go straight in, and point out, by virtue of their using the term, the reality of their demonstrating contempt for and seeking to breach your human rights – I find progressives often just can’t cope with that, it makes them go all defensive. If people cannot defeat your position through rational argument, they have no argument to put.
Speaking of lampooning: