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An Honest Approach

With the vast array of Terrorism laws that we have introduced, one question that has been a burning issue is; do these laws target Muslims? According to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, yes - they do! However, I would go a step further and say that it targets Islam as well as its adherents! You may ask how? Well, excluding the laws that legislate against the killing of innocent people (which to be honest already exists) the majority of new laws are targeting things like, Extremism, Radicalisation and Ideology ('evil ideology according to Blair). When the Communities and Local Government (CLG) was asked to give a definition of Extremism, Radicalisation and Ideology - the response was a bunch of er's and um's; this was true of the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Home Office and the Security Services! Is it me, or does this seem strange to you too?
So what are Extremism, Radicalisation and Ideology that must be challenged? We have the 'darlings' of…

The Challenge!

Is it Terrorism we're fight?Let us start by addressing the issue of what Terrorism is! The UN has no agreed upon definition of terrorism, so we can say that there is no one single definition agreed upon. According top UN documentation - there is no less than 100 different definitions!

UK definition of terrorism:

Section 1, Terrorism Act 2000: 1 Terrorism: interpretation

(1) In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where-
(a) the action falls within subsection (2),
(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and
(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

(2) Action falls within this subsection if it—
(a) involves serious violence against a person,
(b) involves serious damage to property,
(c) endangers a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action,
(d) creates a serious risk t…