“One of the purposes of post-compulsory education is to foster critical thinking in staff, students and society more widely...
“The best response to acts of terror against UK civilians is to maintain and defend an open, democratic society in which discriminatory behaviour of any kind is effectively challenged....”
David Papineau's central point is expressed by his own question:
How can our “outrage of the Paris killings provide extra reason to applaud anti-Islamic cartoons”?
To many people, the killings precisely expressed the nature of Islam (as expressed in some of Charlie Hebdo's cartoons). Thus the Paris killings give people every reason to applaud “anti-Islamic cartoons”.
“Why have so many people responded to the Paris horrors by insisting on the right to free speech?”
Why did so many people respond to those Nazi killings by insisting on stronger laws and actions against Nazis and stronger words against Nazism?Nothing to Do With Islam?
“I can't help feeling that the insistence on free speech implicitly expresses the thought that the murders are due to Islam per se and so the right response is to condemn the religion.”
To respond to the despicable murders and actions of the Nazis by expressing one's distaste for National Socialism (Nazism) looks prejudiced to me.If Papineau thinks that it's some kind of category mistake to compare Nazism to Islam, then he'd better tell me why that's the case. The thing is, I'm not necessarily comparing Islam to Nazism here. All I'm doing is explaining the actions of the followers of a religion/ideology in terms of their religion/ideology itself.
- the banning of the burqa in the workplace
- not having halal produce in every school in which there are Muslims
- not having prayer rooms in every workplace in which there are Muslims
- not allowing more sharia law in European “Muslim communities”
- taking any action against Muslim terrorists and sexual groomers
- allowing the EDL and Pegida to demonstrate (or not banning them)
- allowing women to wear short skirts, men to drink beer, etc. in “Muslim areas”, etc.
- the existence of Israel (as well as the support of Israel)
i) If people have a strong stance against Islam.
ii) Then they must also have a strong stance against all Muslims.
iii) Therefore it's best not to encourage - or even allow! - such people to display their strong stance against Islam because it will inevitably translate into a strong stance against all Muslims.In fact that's precisely the position that Loonwatch, Reza Aslan and Tell Mama (Fiyaz Mughal), for example, have argued.