By: Sandbad Ex Muslim
Member of CEMB, Founder and Organizer of Northern Ex-Muslim meet up group
I was reading through Alistair Barbour’s 'anti-nationailst' Weblog here where I came across this leaflet http://www.bnp.org.uk/sites/default/files/ybnp_keepsafe.pdf
Apparently published to warn younger BNP members from falling victim to child groomers!
Being an ex-Muslim this really attracted my attention due to its heavy use of race and appearance (stereotypic Islamic appearance in this case) as a factor to identify child groomers.
Being from Iran and having lived a majority of my life under an Islamic theocracy which follows the same populist approach in its propaganda against the west (heavy use of stereotypic images and indirect brainwashing) and as an atheist and ex-Muslim; seeing this leaflet I found myself stuck between two extremes of which neither I can relate to.
(Examples of Iranian stereotypic images and Propaganda)
I have rejected Islam 'and religion in general' and 'as an atheist' I obviously can’t join the extreme Islamic side of the dispute since non-questioning believe in Islam and its official political perspective is the basic requirement of joining the Islamic league.
On the other hand I can’t become a white British person neither in order to join the BNP side so looking at this leaflet and being from Islamic “race” but no longer a Muslim I feel as being stuck in no man’s land with bullets flying over my head fired from one side by Islamic extremists and on the other side by BNP.
This leaflet is supposed to be a guideline to keep the youth from falling victim to child groomers but in my perspective it fails to do so for several reasons.
Firstly; its emphasis is mostly on the foreign roots of some child grooming cases that have happened in the recent past here in the UK, rather than the more obvious and universal signs of child grooming.
It is racially based to a level that if the offending paedophile “to be” will be a person from white British background this leaflet almost entirely fails to provide any hint or protection to a potential victim. So in my view by referring to a few well known cases of Muslim child grooming cases the subject of child grooming is being used as a tool to publish racially motivated propaganda by BNP.
Second; this leaflet has a very simplistic approach to a whole complicated social problem. It depicts a certain group of people as the cause of the problem and totally ignores underlying issues behind it. Just as Nazi regime blamed Jews; Iranian Islamic theocracy blames America and Israel, now BNP is indiscriminately blaming brown and bearded Muslims for being the people who are solely responsible for child grooming in order to build up support around the BNP’s racist agenda.
As if resolution of this problem is a natural consequence of getting rid of all brown and bearded Muslims.
Going back to the subject of Muslim child grooming gangs, during my schooling years in Iran I was introduced to Islam’s “Islamo-centric” point of view which commonly causes Muslims to accept they are superior to everyone else as a result of being Muslims. To me this introduction happened during what I now call a systematic government sponsored brainwashing as a part of normal schooling program in Iran – I later on rejected these ideas and the superficial feeling of superiority which came with it, but I can imagine these men committed and then justified their outrageous acts of child abuse as a result of a similar “Islamo- centric” mind-set.
I think the false feeling of superiority that they had over their victims on ideological and maybe a lesser extend racial bases made them able to commit these acts and then to justify their behaviour for their own consciences. I think as Muslims they saw themselves as legitimately having the “right” to act the way they did towards their victims and saw their victims as deserving no better treatment.
So in conclusion with their racist point of view, “them and us” point of view, the Muslim child grooming gangs depicted in BNP’s leaflet saw the white victims of theirs as worthless subjects for their sick sexual fantasies who didn’t deserve any better treatment, and so they justified themselves on racial/ideological grounds for inflicting the suffering and abuse they caused to their victims.
While in retaliation with their racist point of view, “them and us” point of view, the BNP is distracting people attention from the real extent of child grooming/human trafficking/child abuse and the real issues behind it concentrating on few incidents of child grooming committed by Muslims to present a simplistic racist propaganda against brown skinned and bearded Muslims.
So this is more like a clash of two racist/extremist ideas to me. On both sides they are unrealistic, ignorant and have simplistic approach to issues. Both sides are hollow and I don’t expect them to do anything for the good of the mankind.
And I leave the reader with a question. Perhaps the most popular case of child abuse/grooming during last and this year was the one from Jimmy Saville – if his victims had known about this leaflet – and followed it line by line – how could this protect them from a paedophile predator who was going to receive a knighthood later on in his life?
Or perhaps Saville’s case isn’t too bad from a BNP perspective because Saville was a white British person?