When 22 people were murdered by an Islamic terrorist in Manchester in 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May responded, in Parliament, by telling us (very matter-of-factly) that the murderers were following a “perversion of Islam”.
She offered no evidence for this, because she didn’t need to, the comforting lie was enough.
The Mayor of Manchester was equally matter-of-fact when he declared that the killers weren’t Muslim at all.
Labour’s Andy Burnham said on LBC: “The worst thing that can happen is that people use this to blame an entire community, the Muslim community.”
The worst thing? Blaming Islam is the worst thing that could happen? Yes, that’s what he means. Criticism of Islam is deliberately skewed into an attack on Muslims, therefore it should never be done, no matter how justified.