Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim of Egyptian descent, holds a recently created Qatari-funded chair at Oxford. His public speaking, with a catchy Maurice Chevalier accent, is appealing in style, but nonetheless bluff-filled and vacuous.
One of his techniques is to invoke admirable and attractive concepts in the abstract, and float them before his audience, like beautiful imagined balloons, to gasps of awe and admiration. Here are some of the concepts that Ramadan has called upon: “Respect!” (long pause), “Humility!” (another pause, gasps from the audience), “Critical Thinking!” (gasps and sighs all round), “Freedom of Conscience!” (swoon).
The usefulness of this technique is that it is the listeners who supply their own favourable and warm qualities to the concepts, while the speaker has, in fact, offered nothing, and may well be harbouring quite different thoughts left unspoken. It is a standard device of prevarication.
Let us focus on “Respect”. An audience in England will receive that concept favourably, as denoting a deferential regard for the rights and dignity of the individual or ideology to be respected. This way the infidel audience can form a favourable impression in their minds when the speaker has not necessarily supplied one
Respect concerns relationship. It can, though, embrace a very wide spectrum of regard, from high esteem to low esteem: it is all respect. We teach our children to respect their elders, likewise to have respect, of a different kind, for stinging nettles, snakes and scorpions. Even respect of a negative kind, disrespect, fits into this wide concept. A spokesman for Sharia4Belgium said:
We Muslims have not even a gram of respect for you infidels.
A measure of “not even a gram “of respect is still respect.
So much for what to tell the infidel. To Muslim listeners Ramadan is clear:
The only law we must respect and apply is the Shari’a.
There you are – respect.
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