“But have you considered, I ask, that you might be wrong about Islam? What if it is not, at root, a religion of peace? He has thought about this but doesn’t accept it. He makes a comparison with Christianity. ”At Mass, at the end of the Bible readings, we say ‘This is the word of the Lord’. We now take it as the spirit of Biblical teaching. We don’t take every element of it as literal. That process took us a long time.’’ Islam is wrestling with the same process today.
Let’s bring the subject home: how does this apply to Muslims here? Mr Blair regrets that the ”Prevent’’ strategy which he devised became unfashionable. ”We mustn’t accept radicalism by accepting its narrative and disputing only its [violent] methods.’’