Liberalism might be our strongest weapon in the battle against Jihadismby Sameer Rahim / December 10, 2015 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Since the rise of IS and its attacks in Europe, the British government has augmented its counter-terrorism policies with plans to counter Islamist ideology. This battle of ideas, reminiscent of the anti-Communist campaigns of the Cold War, emphasises loyalty to “fundamental British values.” The focus on national identity is new. For many years, the official British attitude towards ethnic and religious minorities was one of live and let live. As long as you obeyed the law, you could believe and express pretty much what you wanted. This was in sharp contrast to the French, who try to restrict cultural practices that do not conform to secular republican principles—banning the face veil, for example.