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Brexit and Radical Islam — Why I’m Proud to Be British

A demonstration featuring a paper mâché Theresa May head is staged by campaign group Avaaz outside the Houses of Parliament on January 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo: Jack Taylor / Getty Images)
A demonstration featuring a paper mâché Theresa May head is staged by campaign group Avaaz outside the Houses of Parliament on January 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo: Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

So UK Prime Minister Theresa May survived the big Brexit brouhaha for another day. But what one earth, I hear you ask, does this have to do with radical Islam? On the face of it precious little, unless of course you are of the opinion there’s a link between unfettered immigration and a rise in terror attacks on British soil.

But that is not what this particular rant is all about.

Being a Brit, who once upon a time was very politically involved, I don’t have enough words to express just how proud and fortunate I was to grow up in a robust democracy where basic freedoms are by and large valued and where an independent judiciary keeps politicians in check.

If ever you’ve walked down the corridors of Westminster Palace or even seen prime minister’s questions on TV you’ll understand that while its customs are antiquated, parliament is a place in which legitimate debate, challenges to authority and true lawmaking taking place every day.

Just like Capitol Hill, the Reichstag and the other great bastions of democracy, the Houses of Parliament deserves our respect and support (and yes, I know many politicians are in it largely for personal gain).

Compare that to a country such as Turkey, where the entire nation is at the mercy of a dictator in the form of President Tayyip Recip Erdogan, or the land of the ayatollahs in Iran or the various monarchies that pepper the Middle East where real debate leads to jail time.

As the Brexit debate rolls on, every British newspaper columnist is free to express their view — supportive or critical of May — without fear of being locked away on trumped up charges.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn (not in exile but very much in May’s face) put forth a no-confidence motion against the PM safe in the knowledge that this is part and parcel of open political debate and in no way would he be censured for such a move.

What a joy to have been raised in Britian and to work for an American non-profit knowing what I write here will not be censored by some anonymous bureaucrat in a place where freedom of speech is regarded as illegal.

And this is the comparison between GREAT Britain and countries where radical Islam holds sway, where the values we cherish were sent to the sin bin long ago.

Long live democracy.

 

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David Harris
David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.

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