So, apparently it’s news and/or surprising to people that British jihadists heading to Syria and elsewhere are buying Islam for Dummies and Koran for Dummies.
Personally I don’t find this remotely surprising, but unlike many others I’m not using it to leap to the defence of Islam by assuming this is some hardcore proof that these monstrous individuals are somehow not representative of Islam. Yes, a lot of people are ignorant of the particular details of their religions and don’t know the finer points of ‘scholarship’ associated with them but then, they don’t really need to. They’re fed these toxic memes by those who supposedly know better.
And it’s not as if a deeper, more academic and scholastic study of religion makes its proponents any less disgusting in any case.
Perhaps more relevant to recent revelations regarding Rotherham, but the point stands.
Worse, people’s fear of being seen as ‘racist’ helped these perpetrators get away with what they were doing than longer than they should have been able to. That’s an important lesson.