Do smutty and sexual Ariana Grande lyrics increase the risk of terrorism?

Sep 13, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

“My daughter saw things no child should ever have to see,” said the mother of young Ariana Grande fan earlier last month. She told of the emotional and mental impact on her child in the months following the Manchester Arena terror attack during Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ tour. There they were on a girly day out, laughing, giggling, shopping, singing, and then Salman Abedi detonated his bomb killing 22 people, including young children. “Amelia has been really struggling since… talking in her sleep, she’s lost loads of weight, and she just wants to be isolated”.

“Amelia was panicking over sports day because of the starting gun – she’s now terrified of loud noises, and when a balloon popped at her dance show she went into hysterics. She has become quite clingy. Before she’d happily sit a few seats away from me on a train but now she wants to be near me in case something happens.”

There’s perhaps no easy time to talk about these traumas: the funerals may be over; the tributes sung; Manchester Arena reopened. But somebody somewhere is still grieving, mourning, or coming to terms with life-changing injuries. ‘We Are Manchester‘ might have made people feel a bit better, but it hasn’t made everybody safer.

“Protecting this country requires us to be both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism,” Jeremy Corbyn said in a speech following the attack. He went on to focus on UK foreign policy and the failing ‘war on terror’ as a contributory factor to the Manchester bombing and other Islamist atrocities. “Those causes certainly cannot be reduced to foreign policy decisions alone,” he insisted, but it is clear from the rest of his speech that Corbyn believes that a change in foreign policy would mitigate, if not eradicate, Jihadism in the UK.

Let us set aside the naivety of this, and resist analysis of those countries (eg Sweden) and groups (eg Copts) who appear to be Islamist targets irrespective of foreign policy decisions (or, indeed, the power to articulate any foreign policy at all), and consider instead Corbyn’s exhortation to be “strong against the causes of terrorism”. He said:

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