United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron attributed to “Islamist extremist ideology” as the main reason for the rampant global recruitment of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members, specifically, “one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong, that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil,” the news said.
The Prime Minister also cautioned citizens not to blame authorities had they lost loved ones to ISIL, and further warned the Muslim community against “quietly condoning” the anti-Western ideology as it makes easier for the terrorist group to recruit them.
He also said that because it has been given credence that it has become so potent and in order to stop them, the Internet service providers and Muslim communities should stop giving them credence. According to Mr. Cameron, fighting and eradicating the ISIL is everyone’s responsibility and that everyone should stand against its values.
Mr. Cameron elaborated that religions surpasses the “rule of law and Caliphate trumps nation state.” In the process, according to him, the ideology gives justice to the violence when it asserts and achieves its goals.
“I am clear that one of the reasons is that there are people who hold some of these views who don’t go as far as advocating violence, but do buy into some of these prejudices – giving the extreme Islamist narrative weight and telling fellow Muslims ‘you are part of this,’” Mr. Cameron addressed the media.
“This paves the way for young people to turn simmering prejudice into murderous intent. To go from listening to firebrand preachers online to boarding a plane to Istanbul and travelling onward to join the jihadis. We’ve always had angry young men and women buying into supposedly revolutionary causes. This one is evil, is it contradictory, it is futile but it is particularly potent today,” he said further and was quoted by the Telegraph.
Mr. Cameron’s statement sparked ire among Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom and retorted that such remark on itself contributes to the prevalence of Islamophobia in the entire country and have fueled “anti-Muslim sentiments.”