The real Roger Scruton scandal
Scruton's other 'unacceptable comments' include saying that Hungarians in recent years have been 'alarmed' by 'the sudden invasion of huge tribes of Muslims from the Middle East'. This is indeed very worrying language. It is the one part of the interview that feels ugly. So why not challenge it? Why simply cite it as evidence for why Scruton is unfit for public life? For a public role that has precisely nothing to do with immigration or Islam?
Scruton also said that Islamophobia is a word 'invented by the
Muslim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue'. What's wrong
with that? I would dispute that the Muslim Brotherhood invented the word. There
are so many competing claims as to who invented it. And in the UK context, it
was the Runnymede Trust that popularized it. But it strikes many of us as
utterly uncontroversial to suggest that accusations of Islamophobia are used to
close down discussion about Islam, Islamist extremism, social and cultural
tensions, and so on. Because Scruton thinks Islamophobia is a phrase used to
chill public debate, he deserves to be sacked? That's crazy.
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