"That means disposing of the first taboo, and accepting that the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem," said the same man in 2005.
On his Twitter account, London Mayor Boris Johnson called the murder of a British soldier by two Muslims, "a sickening, deluded and unforgivable act of violence."
Boris Johnson has said the blame for the brutal murder of a soldier in Woolwich lies with the ‘warped mind-set’ of his killers. ‘One obvious point, it is completely wrong to blame this killing on Islam.’
It would appear that Johnson is the deluded one here. The point that Mayor Johnson deems so obvious that it need not even be backed up with obvious proofs or verifications is that two Muslim terrorists quoting the Koran and carrying out an attack in line with Islamic beliefs had nothing to do with Islam.
Certainly it's so obvious that it had nothing to do with Islam. Also the bombings of London by the Luftwaffe had nothing to do with Nazism. It's so obvious, it's barely worth commenting on.
Boris Johnson is correct that the ‘warped mind-set’ of his killers is to blame. But that ‘warped mind-set’ has a name. It's called Islam.
Mayor Boris Johnson used to know that. Here's what he wrote after the 7/7 bombings.
That means disposing of the first taboo, and accepting that the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem.
To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke. Judged purely on its scripture — to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques — it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers. As the killer of Theo Van Gogh told his victim’s mother this week in a Dutch courtroom, he could not care for her, could not sympathise, because she was not a Muslim.
The trouble with this disgusting arrogance and condescension is that it is widely supported in Koranic texts, and we look in vain for the enlightened Islamic teachers and preachers who will begin the process of reform. What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s mediaeval ass?
Apparently it won't be Mayor Johnson. That much is obvious.