Front page, and centre? Gender. The issue? Not gender.
People who fall outside of traditional gender norms and roles have always been profoundly vulnerable to the worst sides and faces of all societies. I think, in the West, among the dangers faced, there is something that is doing much insidious harm and is on track to do much more of it, down the line, and that is the current state and trend of the gender movement itself.
Slurs and unpleasant comments of a sexual nature are verbal harassment and assault with the potential to cause significant distress and upset and psychological harm, but they are not sexual assault. Words are not violence.
There are major and minor differences between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in scripture, in history, in practice, and in prophet, that do warrant difference in conversation, in attitude, and in response.
I could not immediately pinpoint why it so easily and often moved my hand to my phone to play it at any given and wandering moment. But I think I get it now, and I think it applies and acts timeless beyond the personal.
The child is but a lamb, and the parent but a child, obedient to God and faith and scripture.
Yet the point of Minds – as I see it, at least – is not to sit as passive haven to be found only by those already looking.
If to be down and out in Paris and London were to mean nothing more than your child having to look on at relative extravagance from a position already of comfort, then society will be transformed.
You cannot condemn Islamophobia.
There appear to be three reasons that those-who-otherwise-would do not openly, regularly, publicly, perhaps not even privately, criticise any or all of Islam, or suffer those who do.
Even now the tears of the least affected are given a weight that the laments of the ones who just do not count were never truly afforded.
Young girls are not the possessions of parents or communities to be dressed up in 7th century neurosis.
There now exist identitarians and labelphiles, caught up in what you are and not what you think, where you’re from and not where you’re headed.
Islamophobia is a meme, and for all the benign and zeitgeist-capturing memes around, this one is insidious, clothed in superficial virtue, and intensely virulent.
In this immediate post-Brexit environment, you are reassuring the wrong people.