Let's play a little word game! I call it "We're in Very Serious Trouble". It's really simple to play. Here's what you do:
1: Take a headline from the Daily Express about muslims or islamists.
2: Replace the words 'muslim' with the word 'jew' and the word 'islamist' with the word 'zionist'.
3: Where have I seen this before?
HOT-HEAD JEWS ABUSING OUR TRADITION OF FREE SPEECH
VICTORY FOR CAFE WHOSE WHIFF OF BACON ‘OFFENDED JEWS’
EU SILENT AS JEWS PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS
JEWS TEACHING KIDS OF 6 TO HATE
JUDAISM THREATENS OUR NATIONAL IDENTITY SAY FRENCH AND GERMANS
STORM OVER CEMETERY PLAN THAT 'PANDERS TO JEWS'
ENGLAND ‘IS CESSPIT FOR BREEDING ZIONIST TERROR’
'UK FACES CRISIS OVER JEWISH INBREEDING'
FURY AS COUNCIL 'SECRETLY HIRES POOL TO JEWS'
JEWISH PLOT TO KILL POPE
You can do this for hours. Of course, the subtler stuff is more insidious. The Daily Mail, for example, is never quite as blunt with the headlines, but it had five seperate articles about the number of muslims overtaking the number of catholics, and still more about a report suggesting practicing muslims might outnumber practicing christians by 2035. Why is that newsworthy.
I think islam is as bad (or good, depending on how you look at it) as any other religion. 9 times out of 10, anti-islamic sentiment isn't anything about religion though. It's about race. Right wing new sources across Europe are trying to promote fear of an exoticised alien other as a way to sell their newspapers. I know far too many otherwise sensible people who fall for this bullshit. "It's not racism..." they say. That's the point of our little word-game above. You can do it with other words too. Try swapping "immigrant" for "black", "yob" for "untermenschen", and so on. It's better than the crossword.