In the BBC report on the latest Islamist plot to bring mass murder to the streets of Britain there is not a single reference to the plotters religion.
· That would be justifiable:
If their religion was not very important to the plotters.
But what the BBC knows as well as anybody is that their religion was the only thing of importance to these wannabe mass murderers. It’s just about all they talked about and it comprised 100% of their motivation to murder.
· It would be justifiable:
If their religion were not on the whole associated with more than its share of homicidal violence.
But as the BBC is well aware the overwhelming majority of terror attacks are perpetrated by the followers of Islam.
· It would be justifiable:
If the BBC were unaware that around 4,000 British citizens of this faith had attended terrorist training camps and that it was therefore vital to keep British citizens up-to-date on this internal threat.
This fact is, however, in the public domain.
· Perhaps it would be justifiable to omit their religion:
If the BBC as a matter of general policy avoided referring to the religion of violent fanatics.
But the BBC is known for its crusading zeal to expose and label Christian wrongdoing.
· Maybe it could be justified:
If the BBC was a private news organization with a well-known Islamist bias.
But the BBC is funded from a poll tax payable by all TV owning British subjects and is bound by its charter to be objective.
· It could be justified:
If the BBC employees were being forced to produce Islamist propaganda by credible death threats.
But, perhaps unsurprisingly, there have been no terror attacks on BBC journalists. And even if there were, its brave journalists take great pride in “talking truth to power”, and so would treat any threats or even murders of its people with the contempt they deserved.
· Getting weird here, but maybe it could be justified.
If their lying about the true nature of Islam were part of some intricate MI5 plan to lull our enemies into a false sense of security so setting them up for destruction, perfidious Albion and all that.
This one is not quite as nuts as it seems. The Birmingham plotters used to official indulgence of treasonous activities made little effort to disguise what they were up to. So maybe they had been lulled into a false sense of security by the British authorities obvious spinelessness.
· Some would justify omitting their religion:
If they felt the need to atone for Britain’s many crimes against the Muslim religion.
But we could compile just as extensive a list of Muslim crimes against Christians. Maybe we should just try to forget grudges based on who did what to whom before we were born?
· Some would justify not identifying Islam
If reporting terror plots as Islamic tended to increase prejudice in British society against innocent individual Muslims.
It is sad if innocent Muslims come under suspicion because of the crimes of their co-religionists. Sad but necessary. Muslims do need to be put under pressure to reform their religion. Because without reform Muslims will never be able to assimilate with tolerant, secular British society.
· Ignoring the religion of Muslim terrorists cannot be justified.
Islam itself is the vital factor behind this case and the vast majority of terrorism everywhere.