Letter: Intolerance a danger

Dear Editor,

I would like to personally thank Matthew Claxton for his column on conspiracy theories.

[“Reality – what a wacky concept!” June 3, 2015, Langley Advance.]

He is quite correct when he writes that putting these wacky conspiracy theories into practice has tragic consequences.

Which is why I would like to point out the inherent danger in a particular conspiracy theory, that being the claim that Europe is getting “Islamified” or being made into “Eurabia”.

That the claim is conspiratorial can be seen when we consider that not one peer-reviewed demographic study of European populations verifies these claims.

 In fact, the peer reviewed demographic studies show that European Muslims do not have a birth rate higher than their non-Muslim counterparts, and are as secular or as nominal in their religion as European Christians.

For all this, conspiracy theorists like Pamela Geller or Mark Steyn, in classic conspiratorial form, still resort to ad hoc posturing to avoid the disconfirming evidence.

And it is not just a paranoid claim made about Europe, but even about North America, with claims of “creeping sharia”. 

But what makes the claims particular odious is that when acted upon, these “Eurabia” or “creeping sharia” conspiracy theories can only be acted upon in the form of deportations, internments, or massacres.

If claims of so-called “creeping sharia” are not forcibly denounced for the racist, conspiratorial nonsense they are, we can too easily be saying to ourselves “First they came for the Muslims, and I said nothing…”

Gavin Campbell,

Langley City

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