Tolerant, caring and loving. Wouldn’t you want to live in a society that promotes these values?
The reaction on social media to Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) was some of blame and some of support. What is apparent is that he doesn’t promote harmony and togetherness, he promotes hatred.
“How am I a racist?” I have heard him ask time and time again. If you blame ALL Muslims for extremist actions, you are discriminating. I wouldn’t blame all white people for the attack that happened near Finsbury Mosque. I would say that their beliefs, whether they are born out of a warped distorted of a religion, is the same as an ideology that promotes segregation and hate.
I utterly condemn violence on innocent victims in Manchester and Westminster bridge. I utterly condemn violence carried out again the Muslim community in Finsbury Park. I want to live in a tolerant, caring society. Those who hold extremist views don’t.
Robinson’s views are abhorrent. They do nothing to stop the views of Islamists carrying around appalling acts. In all the years he has been campaigning, what has he actually done to constructively tackle these extremists? Shouting and ranting in places after something has happened is ignored by 99% of the country. People know he is mis-guided, ill-informed and does these for his own agenda and not for the common good.
I will stand with the Muslim community. I stand with these people. People who have been persecuted and blamed for far too long.