Islamic extremists, multiculturalism and democracy

I’ve done a piece for The Guardian’s website today in response to the quite hopeless claim by Inayat Bunglawala that the IFE and their ilk are simply regular Muslims seeking “democratic engagement.” As I put it:

“My Muslim friends and I believe in a world that is, in Louis MacNeice’s fine words, ‘incorrigibly plural.’ We see no reason why we should have to be defined by our faith, unless we want to be. Like the poet, we feel the drunkenness of things being various. The cold Islamic supremacists of the IFE are the enemies not just of democracy, but of multiculturalism and pluralism itself. Their indulgence by the political system is one of the hidden scandals of our time.”

Read the full piece here.

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