Only, since the analysis shows that there was a spike in such tweets after Islamic terror attacks, including those in Baghdad, Germany, Nice, and Normandy, and since there have been several of these post-Brexit, it’s almost certainly nothing to do with Brexit after all. It might have much more to do with, well, Islam.
The BBC reported that “The vast majority of tweets that could be located to Europe came from the United Kingdom, with other concentrations in the Netherlands, France, and Germany.” But since Demos only analysed tweets in English, that might just be the reason why there are more of them from Britain than from elsewhere in Europe; and note that the other countries on the list are ones where many people are fluent in English. Duh. Nonetheless, the preponderance of UK based ‘Islamophobia’ was highlighted in news reports. Naturellement. Because in reporting on how biased Brits are against Muslims, it’s fair enough to be biased against the Brits, if it makes your point more strongly.
The BBC's lead story on the Sydney terror attack buried references to Islam so effectively you could easily have missed the klller's Islamist motivations. Elsewhere, the real concern was that we don't succumb to "Islamophobia". Death of the West anyone?
If Mr Shah's murderer had been a non-Muslim, there would be a concerted effort by the entirety of the media and political class to find out what inspirations and associations the murderer had. Specifically, they would want to know if there was anybody -- especially any figure of authority -- who had ever called for the murder of Muslim shopkeepers. Yet when a British Muslim kills another British Muslim for alleged "apostasy" and local religious authorities are found to have praised or mourned the killers of people accused of "apostasy," the same people cannot bother to stir themselves.
-Imagine if the Irish Church existed in a milieu where criticism and scrutiny of it, and it’s believers, were considered out of bounds for non-enthusiasts. If we decided that Catholic “community leaders” were uniquely responsible for analysis or comment. It rings a bell doesn’t it. Remember?
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