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Holder of unpopular opinions. https://t.co/2AAW2koHkQ
Sep 22, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
I've been looking for a reasonable and well argued explanation as to how JK Rowling's views on trans issues render her a hateful bigot who "denies trans people the right to exist".

This, unfortunately, is not it. One of the most common stumbling blocks to productive conversation in recent years is an uncharitable asumption of nefarious motive.

Apparently the only possible motive for Rowling's position is an instinctive hatred of trans people and a bigotted wish to deny their rights. Image
Sep 14, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
"All of these cases of western jihadist terrorism appear disconnected in any formal organisational sense. But they are linked through a set of ideas introduced to them by…the al-Qaeda ideologue and strategist Anwar al-Awlaki."
spectator.co.uk/article/je-sui… @spectator Worth noting that the Islamists of @UK_CAGE have hosted "Imam al-Awlaki" at their events on a number of occasions and still have on their website a mutually fawning interview with him 5 years after they claimed it had been taken down. Image
Sep 10, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
It appears it's now nessecary for counter-terrorism experts to explain to professional grievance-mongers why someone saying their final prayers in public might be relevant to the religiously motivated suicide bombing they commit moments later. 1/4 This is where perpetual outrage becomes dangerous. The public are now being told that important pre-incident indicators are not only irrelevant, but that viewing them as relevant is bigotted. This puts innocent lives at risk all for the pathetic excuse of not causing offence. 2/4
Sep 5, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
A compilation of @habibi_uk's excellent threads on the jihadist PR bureau @UK_CAGE and their promotion, defence, whitewashing, and support for extraordinarily dangerous terrorists.

Utterly damning yet barely scratching the surface of this insidious organisation: CAGE whitewashes the perpetrator of the Glasgow airport terror attack as “unbelievably warm, kind, gentle, loving, unextreme to the maximum” and claims that his attempted atrocity was "understandable."

Aug 20, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
This report oddly omits any mention of the ideology that drove the Abedi brothers to brutally murder 22 people.

Hope this is a glitch/innocent ommision rather than a result of the recent discussions on dropping the term 'Islamism' from counter-terrorism policing. Still, at least it doesn't subsitute the term with any of the preposterous euphemisms that were being proposed:

- “faith-claimed terrorism”
- “terrorists abusing religious motivations”
- “adherents of Osama bin Laden’s ideology"

Aug 16, 2020 16 tweets 3 min read
THREAD: Moazzam Begg is the "Outreach Director" and public face of "advocacy group" @UK_CAGE. He has traded on & lamented the fact that he is - in his own words - "a full time terror suspect."

There are however, good reasons for viewing Begg in this way.
1/15 In the mid-90's Begg had a conspicuous habit of popping up in the middle of war zones - notably Chechnya and Bosnia where he attended a jihadi training camp and readily admits to participating in the fighting.
Aug 4, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Beirut: At least 10 dead after huge explosion in Lebanese capital | World News | Sky News news.sky.com/story/lebanon-… BBC are now reporting at least 25 deaths and a staggering 2,500 injuries. Thoughts are with everyone affected.

Jul 29, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
For as long as reactions like this are inevitable and widespread, regular and unapologetic blasphemy will remain a moral necessity.
Jul 19, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Ridiculous. Of course there are contexts in which racist terms are acceptable. If we adhere to this infantile idea that some words contain magical properties capable of wounding with a mere utterance then we give them undeserved power. We also impede the fight again racism. Rendering such words off limits in any context means that they couldn't be used in a sentence that disparages racism. White screenwriter Chris Gerolmo couldn't have written Mississippi Burning. White actors couldn't portray racists in films which tackle the malevolence of racism.
Jun 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
This is one of the issues I have with this group: the propagation of agenda-driven misinformation.

Here they issue a 5 tweet thread blaming Islamophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric for inspiring the vandalism of 5 mosques in Birmingham last year by a "white nationalist fanatic". They berate the government, the media, the police, and the Prevent stategy as all being somehow culpable for these attacks.

Of course white nationalism, and bigoted rhetoric targeting Muslims and immigrants should be opposed, but BLM UK have not let facts get in the way here.
Jun 10, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Imagine the ridiculous sense of entitlement it takes to harass a female author with insults like "cunt", "bitch", "fucking hag", and "fucking pig"...whilst advertising your prefered pronouns lest you be inadvertently misgendered. ImageImage ImageImage
May 1, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Mehdi Hasan wants to know which lefties defended the Charlie Hebdo attackers.

The same Mehdi Hasan who called the terrorists "disaffected young men" and spent the bulk of his energy attacking the dead cartoonists for offending them. Image This was Hasan's shameful response to cartoonists being slaughtered for blasphemy - to downplay it, to claim the killers were provoked, to smear the artists, and to claim victimhood on behalf of Muslims.

If not exactly a defence of the attackers, then not a million miles away. ImageImage