The Right’s Blind Spot? – Muslims In China │ Ben Thompson

In writing this article, I don’t intend to paint all conservatives and right-wingers as monolithic thinkers. I’m merely speaking to an unfortunate trend I’ve noticed. Admittedly, it is a trend largely confined to David Vance and Katie Hopkins – hardly intellectual heavyweights – but it is something that needs addressing, nonetheless.

Horror stories have been coming out of China in recent months, detailing the abhorrent treatment dished out to its Muslim citizens. Camps have been set up to try and ‘deradicalize’ the population, with the US State Department estimating that up to 2 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz are being held against their will in Xinjiang.

In these camps, Muslims are being forced into making cheap consumer goods, and are forced to eat pork – a clear violation of their Islamic faith. The camps are trying to ‘integrate’ the Muslim minorities into the fold of Chinese society, forcing the detainees to sing political songs and study speeches of the Chinese Communist Party.

Although I’ve seen many on the Right condemning these travesties, I’ve been disappointed by some of the responses I’ve seen on Twitter.

David Vance, who stood for election for the Traditional Unionist Party in 2010, recently tweeted to his 97,000 followers –


‘Question: In response to jihad attacks, China has banned:


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