The latest example of this unlovely species is to be found here, and what a prize specimen it is. Even the headline is snortworthy -‘Young Muslims confront key issues’. Huh ? Little evidence of confrontation is obvious in this article. Take the opening lines:
What is it like to be a young British Muslim?
How do you achieve greater integration in the climate of suspicion and fear after both 9/11 and the London bombings?
These were the questions at the heart of a pioneering conference in Leicester this week attended by over 100 Muslim sixth formers and college students, aged 16 to 19.
Incongruously, they met at the Walkers Stadium, the home of Leicester City Football Club.
Welcoming them, the chief executive of the club asked how many of them were football fans. Only a small minority indicated they were.
Hardly any had been to a match at the ground, even though they all came from fairly nearby, either Leicester itself, Coventry or Birmingham.
This was a sharp reminder of the cultural divide that can exist.
No, wait, that doesn’t happen...In fact, it’s not obvious what Mike Barker thinks does happen. This is the very essence of dhimmitude, the reflex belief that whatever the details, it’s the Infidels that are at fault for not prostrating themselves sufficiently
Of course, you could put it another way, and say that this is a perfect microcosm of the relationship between Islam and the rest of the world. They’ll use the facilities when it suits them, but when it comes to putting something back…forget it, Kufr! These people feel absolutely no sense of loyalty to anyone outside the Ummah. For further proof of that consider this later on:
Yet the raw energy of the discussion was not about the bombers but - perhaps surprisingly in this context - about the media.
No-one quite blamed the media for the summer's terrorism (although some came close to it) but they were incensed at the way they felt Muslims had been portrayed since the London bombings
The consensus view was that there should be more restrictions on the freedom of the media.
The thing is though that even a BBC journalist can’t stop the crazy leaking out:
Not surprisingly, they found the "British Muslims" label rather unhelpful. They felt they each belonged to several cultures: youth culture, British-Asian, Pakistani, Indian.
Norman Tebbit's cricket test - whether people from ethnic minorities support the England team or players from their family's country of origin - would have meant little to them.
"Why do we need so many labels?" they asked.
The one thing they agreed on was that their religious identity was paramount. One summed it up this way: "You should always have Islam at the top of your list, then comes Pakistani, or British or whatever."
Like other young people, they were not always willing to do as their parents told them but their reasoning was different.
Generally they seemed to find their parents less devout than themselves. So "if your parents tell you to do something that is within Islam, you can do it, but if it is against Islam, you cannot".
Most encouraging of all was their desire to integrate with British society, to play a great role in public debate - providing they could retain their faith identity and follow the tenets of the Koran.