So I’m getting angry again and I feel like I should try and say something, in a way which is clear and calls a spade a spade. 

Dearest friends and readers, for those who are unaware the city of London expericed what is being referred to as “terrorist attack” by Scotland Yard. 

At the time of writing this article it is unknown as to whether the attack is motivated by a Muslim in light of extremist attacks that have taken place in continental Europe over recent months. This has not, however, stopped the right-wing media, nationalist organisations and hate groups from reporting that the attack was carried out by a Muslim with extremist beliefs and calling for the persecution of Muslims. 

In a world which is becoming increasingly distrustful of Muslims of all varieties, now is the time that we call for tolerance, acceptance and peace. Jesus would have done exactly the same and we as a people of God need to remember Jesus’ “new commandment” found in John’s gospel. 

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13:34-35, NRSVA)

It is my own personal opinion that this is the greatest of all commandments and should extend to those that we ought to love as well. 

Guess what? 

That includes our brothers and sisters of all religious backgrounds and traditions, including Muslims. 

The hatred in some of the posts I’ve seen over the last few hours has sickened me to the very bottom of my stomach. The vast majority of these posts have come from supposedly Christian friends who think it is perfectly acceptable to marginalise Muslims and brand them all with the “extremist” descriptor. How anybody is of the opinion that these two ideas go hand in hand is beyond me. 

I think that the biggest threat to the United Kingdom is extreme nationalism and bigotry which is presented as nationalism. If you’re going to be racist, please do it publically and present your view in a way so that others have a chance to respond instead of being so wrapped up in a world where you don’t have to think for yourself and decide that the image presented of the few is indeed the identity of the many. 

Having lived in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country where Islam is the state religion, I have met a great number of liberal and conservative Muslims who are as worried about being attacked as we are in the West. The Muslims that I know and hold dear to me have started to face oppression, abuse and persecution purely because of their faith. 

In the West we pride ourselves on being a pluralistic society, a society which celebrates the differences that make us unique, until of course it starts to infringe on what believe to be our civil liberties, because after all it is our country

If I could have one wish, it would be that we have the respect to treat our Muslim brothers and sisters with the care, compassion and grace that we know God shows to everyone of his people, regardless of whether they’re Christian or not.  

In conclusion, no, Islamic Extremism is not the biggest threat to national security; bigotry, hatred and intolerance are. 

Every Blessing

J

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