The Sun’s claims that ‘battle hardened’ jihadists are coming, and that Muslims will not integrate

The Sun (September 21, 2015)

Headline reads: “Border crisis shows EU dream is over”.

Trevor Kavanagh, a columnist for The Sun, argues that the EU ‘dream’ cannot continue in the wake of the immigration crisis. In so doing, he makes a number of unsubstantiated claims.

Firstly, he argues that ‘hundreds’ of ‘battle-hardened jihadists’ are accompanying refugees into Europe. He never cites a credible source (or indeed, any source at all) for this number. While there are legitimate questions to be asked concerning whether all those travelling are asylum seekers, by not verifying the claim, Kavanagh’s claim is little more than fear-mongering.

He later argues that, in cities across Europe, ‘the centuries-old Sunni-Shia split’ is being replayed across Europe. Again, no source is supplied and, such a claim is undermined by academic research which highlights how economic and social factors also play a role in the so-called Sunni-Shia split. Moreover, considering the vast majority of refugees are coming from Sunni-dominated societies, the point is irrelevant. He also argues that ‘sharia law’ is ‘taking root’ in cities across Europe, yet he fails to mention a single case study.

Kavanagh homogenises Islam, claiming that ‘the Koran decrees the world belongs to Allah, not to elected governments’. In so doing, he ignores the work of Islamic jurists who have interpreted the Quran for centuries.

Kavanagh’s column is filled with opinions not backed up with even one credible source. As a result, it contributes little to any discussion to be had on refugees.