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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sense of unease

Is around us. Can you feel it?

Three dynamics interacted in a noxious fashion: the growth of a macho, misogynist culture among young men that often found expression in extremely violent crime; a pervasive atmosphere of anti-social behaviour in the streets; and the simultaneous growth of Islamist extremism and jihadi culture. 

But there is a deeper reason as well. As the great scholar of Islam, Bernard Lewis, has written: "The community of Islam was church and state in one, with the two indistinguishably interwoven."

This is my story, our story and the story of a failed policy.

I'm doing a straw poll, informal comments on this.  Have you experienced something similar in your community? Since when did you notice a change? In the types of shops?  Has there been an increase in the numbers of a particular group?   Are there mosques in the area?  Has there been an increase in these?  Where have the imams been trained?  Have they drawn unwelcomed negative media articles?  

If yes..  This adds up to:  radical / extreme interpretation of Islam.

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