Virtue Signaling at its Sickest


If something happens - however trivial - that can be presented as an example of infidel-on-Muslim transgression, all rules are off. Or, rather, all the rules are turned entirely upside down. And to prove they're not Islamophobes, millions of Brits gang up on a helpless teen.

Take the case of Bailey McLaren, a 16-year-old working-class boy from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. In November, footage of him jumping Jamal, a 15-year-old Syrian-born classmate, in the schoolyard, apparently in October, went viral. Although nobody was seriously harmed in the fracas, the British media rushed to report at length on it. Because Bailey held Jamal down while pouring a bottle of water on his face, he was described as having committed an act of "waterboarding." Because Jamal was Syrian, Bailey's action was characterized as "racist."