Racism doesn't have a grey area, and extremism is no different.
In the article by Independent, Jonatjan Russell describe that we have to start challenging Islamic extremism.
He mentioned the problem that Cameron’s cabinet have is a public disagreement about the best way to tackle extremism, in much the same way that Blair’s cabinet did after London bombings on 7 July 2005.
This is not about saying that all extremists are terrorists or about dividing the world into goodies and baddies. Rather, it is about identifying that all Islamist terrorists subscribe to an extremist ideology and a narrative that is a political distortion of an otherwise peaceful religion.
Russell said: “We must accept that non-violent extremism merits challenging, in the same way that we know opposing homophobia, misogyny or anti-Semitism is the right thing to do. Racism does not have a grey area, and saying so does not push more people to being racist. Extremism is no different. The irony of not challenging non-violent extremism is that the homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism that this country has made great strides in combating over the last two decades remains rife in Islamist circles.”
As Martin Parsons said recently, we should not care at all whether people wear bikinis or burqas and eat halal or ham. However, we should absolutely intervene when Islamists attempt to limit the freedoms that Britain affords everyone, denying the right of individuals to make their own choices, and even more so when vulnerable people are victims to pseudo-religious fascism.
For more details please check Independent