I admire the courage of Sara Khan and her organization, to Inspire, to challenge the narrative of co-religionist preachers of hate that, in a society dedicated to freedom of expression, are still free to instill hatred in the minds of the young Muslims, and becoming more sharply polarised to become terrorists, as Anjem Choudary (â€œStop worrying about religious sensibilities. We need to push hard against the Islamistsâ€, Comment).
It is absolutely right to condemn the policy of the accuracy and the religious sensitivities of the Muslim community that suppress the debate and prevents a solution. With 23,000 potential of the jihadists, Muslim leaders must hammer home the message that, whatever the grievance is, violence and terrorism are never justified in Islam.Stan LabovitchWindsor
Sara Khan column may have reduced the fear in the hearts of readers, but it has done little to put the attacks in Manchester and London in the context of the overall terror threat to Britain. It seems to ignore the fact that safe spaces for young Muslims to speak and for imams to address the normative Islamic beliefs were scrupulously censored by the government of the Prevent strategy. It also seems to be unbothered about the lack of consistency in the definition of â€œextremismâ€, a label used since centuries by the authorities to silence dissidents.
For too long, the fight against extremism â€œexpertsâ€ with no influence within the Muslim communities have dominated the media landscape, without being held accountable on how they spend the taxpayers ‘ money. Instead, they have mastered the art of parroting flawed theories which are in line with what the government wants to hear.
As for his attempt to smear me and the news web site, I have to modify, it is comforting to know that she has desperately resorted to citing a Facebook post in which I talked about sharing a hypothetical â€œboat tripâ€ with the 20th century Muslim revivalist figures and equated with â€œsupport for the ideologues jihadistsâ€ â€“ clutching at straws much?Dilly HussainDeputy editor of 5Pillars
Manspreading is not a coincidence
Angela Saini is an interesting article on why â€œwomen are more severeâ€ (Magazine), while referring to the research of the identification of the genetics of their superior robustness, also lists the diversity of the roles are necessarily undertaken by women.
The men, who perceived the usefulness of this, relied on it and without a doubt abused, but it is surprising to find that Lucy Siegle, of all people (â€œManspreading a threat?â€, Comment), felt that she should defend, with the lame excuse of â€œoften accidentalâ€, the arrogant and selfish behavior rather euphemistically called manspreading. As one of the â€œsmall, neat peopleâ€ she is assumed to have a life more easy, I have to protest that, as we grow bigger with each generation, so that the vertically challenged don’t have the choice â€œnot to get in the way ofâ€ folding â€œmore and more of small spaces’. A sense of entitlement is innate in men. It is inexcusable, but will exist as long as it is tolerated by women and is not even recognized by the men.Carolyn KirtonAberdeen
Rowan Moore’s review of the Grand Capital (in Review), could hardly be more timely. The â€œbeds in shedsâ€ scandal deserves much more attention than it receives. Moore refers to the â€œparasitic consulting firmsâ€ is particularly relevant. In fact, I discovered that the developers can choose to have a control on the work done by private bodies rather than the council.Rev Andrew McLuskeyStanwell, Surrey
Postal voters miss
A greater number of votes are cast by postal voting, however, there does not appear to be any analysis of this. Many of the absentee ballots for the election will have been submitted before the party manifestos have been published. Most were cast before the campaign was marked by important events. How many voters have changed their choice as the campaign continued?
Even if we can’t have a breakdown of the votes cast, and are less likely to be able to assess if and how this may have changed, there is a strong argument for making the submission of a postal vote after the manifestos are published. In this way, every voter has access to the same information.Lynette MuddemanBeccles, Suffolk
Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat can find his support for the removal of theatre intervals of change directly proportional to the size of the prostate. Everything is a question of time and space (â€œGive us a break! Theatre bosses reject calls to divide intervalsâ€, News.)Pete HartleyPreston
In the defence of Lynda Snell
Nick Cohen compares Theresa may, Lynda Snell (â€œI was wrong about Corbyn chances…â€, Comment). Really? One is someone who, while bossy, seems to love people, turns out to have a personality, that at least people can get on with and draws an albeit reluctant admiration because he truly makes things happen. The other, unfortunately (at least as I write), it is our prime minister.John OldNuneaton