A friend of mine once said that he could open any page of the Koran at random, and he would find condemnation of the unbeliever. I haven’t tested this, but I have read the Koran and I know that page after page after page condemns me, you, and every other non-Muslim over and over again. Whether we are described as the worst of creatures, or “beasts”, the Koran is very clear that non-Muslims are immoral, and the enemy of Muslims.

That’s not all.

Famously, there are more than 100 verses in the Koran that directly and clearly advocate violence against unbelievers. Mohammed also preached this throughout the hadiths. He clearly instructed Muslims to kill non-Muslims for the advancement of Islam. Here are just a few:

“Kill them [unbelievers] wherever you find them… And fight them until there is no more unbelief and worship is for Allah alone” (Koran 2:191-193).
“Strike off their heads and strike from them every fingertip” (Koran 8:12).
“Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties; in exchange for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they slay and are slain” (Koran 9:111).
“Truly Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array…” (Koran 61:4)
“The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” (Sahih Muslim 1:33).

Despite this, despite the fact that we can all pick up the Koran and read its repeated condemnation of unbelievers, as well as the commands to commit violence against us, our leaders still find no reason to blame the Koran when Muslims follow its commands and murder us. Hundreds of people have been slaughtered by Islamic terrorists in Europe in the last few years alone, and never, at any point, do our politicians or religious leaders question the link between the hate and violence preached in Islamic scripture, and Muslims killing unbelievers. In fact, if you dare to point out that Islamic teachings may influence Muslims, you’ll find yourself quickly labelled far right and fascist (the usual stuff).

By stark contrast, when the atrocity in New Zealand occurred, there was no delay at all in placing the blame on myself, Tommy Robinson, or anyone who honestly criticises Islam. A madman murdered 49 innocent people in Christchurch, but the discussion around this horrific mass murder is entirely different than if it had been carried out by Muslims.

Following jihadist attacks against Europeans, the media and politicians are quick to try to understand why these terrible events can have taken place. What can have driven them to it? Alienation and marginalisation? Racism? Foreign policy? When jihadists kill, there is almost sympathy from the political and media elite. There is no discussion of the religious element to these crimes (quite the opposite, the religion is protected at all costs), and questions are asked about what we have done to deserve this.

No such discussion will take place on this occasion. There’ll be no attempt to understand why he did it, and there’ll be no recognition of the fact that politicians all over the West have been completely ignored genuine fear about Islam and mass immigration, and instead of reassuring their populations, they have smeared them as racists.

Over the coming days, when you hear or read that either I, or Tommy Robinson, or other critics of Islam are to blame for these horrendous attacks, remember this: I have never advocated violence against Muslims. The Koran on the other hand, does advocate violence against non-Muslims; that is the difference, we must remember it and shout it from the rooftops.

We must also shout from the rooftops when, as is inevitable, politicians use this atrocity to further erode our free speech and our ability to be openly critical of Islam and mass immigration. Despite this attack, Islam remains a violent and oppressive religion and its presence in Western countries has brought murder and mayhem. That hasn’t changed. Our criticisms and concerns are still entirely valid, and we must not allow the duplicitous media and political class to convince us otherwise.

Listen to the conversation with Lucy Brown about this whole issue here: