With the attack on a mosque in Finsbury Park by Darren Osbourne, I found myself reading all the reactions online, including those of Former EDL leader, Tommy Robinson.
Throughout his video he makes a fair point that he is not inciting violence against any muslims. He slanders the man who performed this attack and states he is abiding by the democratic process. Whilst my views on Tommy Robinson are that I really don’t like the guy, I’m not going to ignore the fact he condemned attacks on muslims.
I disagreed with 80% of what he had to say, but the moment I realised what type of mentality this man has came at the end of his Facebook live stream.
In fact I feel many leaders of the muslim community you should have been doing things about this the last 20 years. You should have been tackling this. Once, what you’ve now created in this country is a sectarian conflict. It’s not going to go away. It’s not going to away
Tommy Robinson has somehow turned this vile attack around to blame the victims.
He is no worse than The Sun.
No one deserves to be mowed down in the street, regardless of their culture.
I am not naive that known terrorists have been radicalised in mosques. Again, like thousands have said before me, this is a sickening interpretation of Islams core moral values being carried out by a few twisted individuals.
But victim blaming?
The imam who apprehend the attacker in this instance told everyone not to hurt him and wait until the police arrived.
If a so-called Muslim where to have said something like you just said if the attack had happened outside of a church you would be following them around with your smartphone, after a soundbite, and calling them scum.
I’m going to be abused online for this post. I’ll be surprised if I’m not. But it’s unacceptable to blame the victims.
You don’t blame a woman for getting raped, or a child for getting abused so don’t blame victims when a member of their culture has just been mowed down in front of them.
Tommy Robinson is saying that he isn’t inciting violence, and from what i’ve seen he hasn’t directly done that. But he’s creating a dangerous culture. One where he thinks the vigilantism of following people around with a camera is safe and where victim blaming is a way to get to the ‘root of the problem’.
In the long run that is going to cause problems.
Please don’t victim blame.