‘Why don’t you wake up Great Britain and smell the coffee’

July 2, 2017

FRANK DEBATE:  Mohan Singh of the Sikh Awareness Society: “This term political correctness – PC – for me it means political cowardism. We’re too frightened now – too scared to call a spade a spade. We need to call it what it is. So we in the UK are losing this battle because of political correctness. If we can’t identify the enemy and in fact refuse to do so, haven’t we already lost? We can’t afford to do that.” Picture courtesy of You Tube.

 

 

 

AN inspirational speech from a member of the Sikh community has emerged on-line giving clear guidance as how to defeat religious extremism.

Mohan Singh, a leading member of the Sikh Awareness Society, made a speech on 26 June to several thousand marchers in Manchester who were protesting against violent extremism, where several weeks before saw the carnage of young concert goers at the Ariana Grande concert.

“We are standing here shoulder to shoulder, one nation, one people against terrorism. We are also standing in solidarity with those who have lost their lives and those recovering from their horrific injuries after the attacks.

“I condemn all forms of terrorism and I make no distinction between Westminster Bridge, Manchester, London Bridge, Borough Market, and the recent one in Finsbury Park.  I condemn them all.

“It is time for the UK wake up and understand the enemy. It is time to cut out the BS and call it what it is. Tackling this (terrorism) won’t be easy but ignoring the problem isn’t going to solve it either. As a matter of urgency we need to have a grown-up and frank debate about what we are going to do as a nation together.

“For me the biggest stumbling block is political correctness. It is the biggest blockage to the root cause of the problem is political correctness. This term political correctness – PC – for me it means political cowardism. We’re too frightened now – too scared to call a spade a spade. We need to call it what it is.

“So we in the UK are losing this battle because of political correctness. If we can’t identify the enemy and in fact refuse to do so, haven’t we already lost? We can’t afford to do that.

“Our unity must cross our religious divides and our diverse identities. The best thing any Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jew, can do to combat this religious extremism to call it what it is and when it happens.

“Religion is both a cause and a solution to this problem. We won’t solve it if we don’t call it what it is. It is religious extremism and in this case, in the last three months, it is radical Islamic terrorism.

Mr Singh used the analogy of an iceberg to describe the problem of Islamist terror and the attacks in the UK in 2017 were just the “tip of it” and he called on the authorities and the wider public to go under the water to find the scale of the iceberg size and root out those individuals whose sole intention is to cause carnage and chaos.

“We need to form a blacklist of foreign and homegrown imams and other political leaders who spew hate and call for the destruction of our multicultural, multi-faith society so religious speeches that threaten morality and public order, they should be banned. These speeches, whether they are made on-line or in public spaces should be banned ASAP. This is what we should be demanding of our political elite.

“Government talks about radicalization and the promotion of hate or hate preaching but they have done nothing to stop it. You see the hate preachers walking in every city spewing hate and nobody touches them. Enough is enough.

“Things need to start changing today, not tomorrow or the day after, but now. Britain has been too tolerant on extremism and it isn’t going to happen anymore. Words are cheap. Action speaks louder than words. Political correctness is going to be the death of us and has been the death of far too many people. Leadership is not to be found not in just Whitehall but also in the common man. There is a saying that when evil prevails, good men don’t do anything.

“We can blame the politicians but today if they don’t do anything we have to do it ourselves.”

Mr Singh concluded his speech with a saying in his native Punjabi tongue.

“This means oh foolish people why are you asleep, why don’t you wake up and smell the coffee? Those who remain awake and aware are saved and those who sleepwalk through life, that’s when we get looted so wake up! Be prepared, be awake and stay safe.”

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