Nothing but contempt for Kilroy-Silk
From the front pages of the Sunday Express Kilroy-Silk whines that he's
"angry with the BBC for suspending him".
He's angry? Millions of ordinary people are enraged about his disgusting
In his column in the Sunday Express, and under the headline "We
Owe Arabs Nothing", he claimed that they contributed nothing to
the world apart from oil, and referred to Arabs as "suicide bombers,
limb amputators and women repressors".
If you replaced the word Arab with the word Jew or black these views
would have never been printed.
The fact is Arab culture is one of the cornerstones of civilisation.
Arab societies helped pioneer the development of medicine, mathematics
and music. Even the symbol of English nationalism, St George-a man admired
by Kilroy-Silk-was, in fact, an Arab!
Over 90 percent of the population of the Arab states are Muslim, and
that is Kilroy-Silk's real target.
Would it be correct, let alone acceptable, to label all Americans as
"gun-toting, electric chair worshipping, murdering imperialists"?
No, of course not.
Just like all faiths, Islam contains a broad spectrum of views. As the
Stop the War Coalition showed, the vast majority of Muslims want to
be part of an integrated and tolerant society.
Kilroy-Silk's venom is not just confined to Arabs. In another column
he ranted, "Are you fed up of some bleating blacks and Asians blaming
their own failures on how their forefathers were exploited by the British
Empire? Why don't they stop whining and get a life?" And in another
he described Ireland as "a country peopled by peasants, priests
Asylum seekers, liberals and those with HIV have all been victims of
his rotten, bigoted views. But the fact is Kilroy-Silk keeps coming
back to the question of Islam and Muslims.
These diatribes are part of a much wider assault on Muslims in British
society. Islamophobia is on the increase. Since 11 September there has
been a 300 percent increase in racist attacks on Muslims in Britain.
The police arrest and harass Muslims in Britain with impunity.
In France, and there is even a case in the UK, young Muslim women are
being excluded from school for wearing the hijab (headscarf). I have
yet to hear of any kid being sent home from school for wearing a crucifix
or Jewish skullcap.
Even sections of the so called liberal press are infected with this
disease. For example Will Hutton, in last week's Observer, argued the
secular world must object to Islamic sexism.
Why just Islamic sexism? What about the sexism of the Catholic Church
or the homophobia and sexism of the Christian fundamentalist groups
in the US? Islamophobia should be as unacceptable as racism.
Kilroy-Silk and his supporters have one last card up their sleeve-they
claim they have the right to freedom of speech.
Of course Kilroy-Silk can write or say what he likes-but I don't see
why my TV licence money should pay for it. Furthermore, when by expressing
your views you spread hate, bigotry and lies, the rest of us have the
right to say that it is offensive and not acceptable.
And remember that this man's newfound love of freedom of speech doesn't
stretch too far. This is the same man who spent much of the 1980s urging
the Labour Party to expel socialists.
Kilroy-Silk is trying to go on the offensive, calling on Middle England
to come to his defence.
Well, I think we should call on all of Britain - Christian, Muslim and
atheist, black, Asian and white-to send Kilroy - Silk back where he
belongs: the gutter.
from Socialist Worker