— Pat Condell (@patcondell) September 3, 2013
People are basically good.
Oh we may denigrate the alternative view as baddies with no hearts who will run at the taste of our cold steel but we deep down realise that the “bad guys” are effectively human too.
If you prick us do we not bleed?
Sweden’s made a kind gesture. And Pat Condell not only thinks it’s stupid but also flogs bullshit simultaneously.
We need to be better than Pat Condell. We are atheists, not fucking dickheads. We are capable of showing human empathy for those who struggle through war and who wish for better lives.
Pat leaves it up in the air as to what the negative effects of compassion would be. Why? Because he doesn’t expect his fans to actually read the damn article. Remember when I said that his views were similar to the EDL?
His entire tweet is designed to evoke the idea that Sweden will be swamped by a horde of swarthy Syrians and leaves the horror story to your imagination. Why these Syrians may
1. TAKE ALL OUR JORBS!
2. Steal Our Women
3. Creeping Sharia Law
4. They will breed faster and make the traditional Swedish People Endangered
6. Sneak in Terrorists
7. Spoil traditional Swedish Cuisine by introducing them to Baklava, Lamb and Moutabel
If one were to read Pat’s tweet you would not be mistaken in thinking that Sweden’s offered to take in 2 Million Refugees. The truth of the matter is that all Sweden has done is change the status of Asylum for Syria. No longer will Asylum Seekers (AKA illegal immigrants claiming asylum) from Syria be seen on a case by case basis but instead there is a blanket acceptance for all existing Asylum Applications. Normally around half of these would get permanent residence and the other half would get three year visas with the view that they could either return at the end or apply to stay on based on what they are doing and what plans they have.
Would you like to know what WHOPPING amount of people have been given Asylum?
Not 2,000,000. A number 0.4% of what Pat Condell flogged.
I have heard this kind of speech before. It is not the speech of progressiveness but of bigotry. It’s fear mongering and attempting to strike fear in the hearts of the sort of people who think saving people from the scourge of war is not acceptable unless they are white.
8000 people will get Asylum, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a major atheist speaker and let’s face it! Pat Condell is a bigger deal in the Atheist Community than me with more people who subscribe to his views and who would defend him than vice versa. This major atheist viewpoint has come out and made a statement that is utterly false and with his history of misrepresentation of Islam as a monolith not to mention the push of Right Wing Talking Points ™ and insistence that the EDL’s website makes their ethos “not racist”. With this sort of History and action we quickly realise that this is just actual bigotry against Syrians.
This is Islamophobia. The Irriational and Incorrect Fear of a Non Existent Threat from Islam with heavy misrepresentation of the facts.
It is fear mongering.
And I am sure we are going to have people defending him over this. It’s not racist! It’s not bigotted!
Maybe, but it is an affront to human decency to mock the attempts of others to help some people and avoid the worst ravages of war.