A Scottish National Party politician, Craig Melville, has been charged for allegedly sending anti-Islamic text messages to a female Muslim activist within the party.
Reportedly the texts included:
“Horrible murdering Islamic c*nts.”
“It’s not personal I just ******* hate your religion and I’ll do all in my life do defeat your filth.”
It sounds pretty clear to me he is attacking the recipient's religion, not the woman herself.
Scots are well-known for coupling anger and humour. So my main criticism of his text messages is that he forgot the humour part. Next time, add a wee joke in there. My fellow Scot Gavin McInnes has it down to a fine art...
This isn't an isolated incident of course. It comes after Scottish police arrested another man for making anti-immigrant comments, and they'd warned Twitter users to "THINK" before tweeting (or else.)
It's all part of what I refer to in an earlier post as a "pander policy."
The truth is, our politicians are not afraid of Scots becoming violent towards the Muslim community; they are afraid of the Muslim community becoming violent towards Scots.
The only recent prominent hate crime was against a Muslim shopkeeper who was too assimilated into Scottish culture for his own good, as far as one of his fellow Muslims was concerned.
Religions change when they are exposed to social pressures -- pressures that include anger (like the anger in those text messages) and even more importantly, under the pressure of ridicule.
How is Islam ever supposed to change when it gets unprecedented levels of state protection against both?