by Seymour Clare – 20 Feb 2019
[Editor’s note. Following on from a recent post on the subject of the APPG report “Islamophobia Defined”, this is a more general look at the way the term Islamophobia is being pushed in our justice system].
George Orwell once wrote:
“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot”
The late Ayatollah Khomeini and his successors would no doubt approve of moves in the UK to try to turn the nebulous term ‘Islamophobia’ into a race-hate crime, which would create de-facto blasphemy law in all but name.
A criticism of the term Islamophobia:
“the term blurs what should be a hard and fast line between criticizing theological doctrine, which must remain a basic right in every liberal society, and persecuting believers, which is a crime.”
(Above quote from a review of Pascal Bruckner’s book “Islamophobia and Post-Colonial Guilt”).
The All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims (chaired by Anna Soubry and Wes Streeting), by creating another wide-ranging and vague definition of ‘Islamophobia’, have moved us that bit closer to de-facto blasphemy law. Consider this snort-inducing example their recent report gives of ‘Islamophobia’:
claims of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule
(Page 57 point 2 in the APPG Report)
Meanwhile the British police have been racing ahead of the legislators to actively seek out ‘Islamophobia’. The Guardian quoted Mak Chishty in 2017 (a commander at the Metropolitan police and the force’s lead on hate crime):
He also urged Muslims to report hate crime. “If anyone starts saying anything to you because of your religious dress, your language, the way you look, going to mosque, no matter how small, report it. No matter how small, even if they look at you differently and you perceive it because they are thinking you are a Muslim, report it,” he said. “The problem we have it’s underreported, so we don’t understand the times, the hotspots where it’s happening. If we don’t understand that we can’t put officers there to stop it.”
The London Metropolitan Police use Runnymede’s naive and pernicious report to analyse ‘hate-crime’, while some ‘anti-Islamophobia’ activist groups apparently just made stuff up.
Academics like Chris Allen then tell us ‘Islamophobia’ is not a myth because:
data from the “Metropolitan Police and Tell MAMA among others render such claims wholly unfounded.”
Some at Quilliam were critical of the APPG’s definition:
Why have the authors so limited the definition of Islamophobia? I’m afraid that it is because they’ve performed a lazy search-and-replace edit of the IHRA Working Definition.
Defining ‘Islamophobia’ does not alter the truth of historical events. Instead, among other things, the definition partly upholds one of the biggest lies of our time, namely that Islam is a religion of peace (RoP) - which is ‘no harmless platitude’ - while also ignoring or denying what reams of Islamic scripture and countless Muslims themselves say about Islam.
For example, the raging ‘Islamophobe’ Ibn Khaldun wrote:
“In the Muslim community, the jihad is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. . . . Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.”
In other words elements of Islam, Sharia and the agendas of organisations like the Muslim Brotherhood and Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) could be seen as ‘Islamophobic’! We are moving towards the insane scenario where even raising such inconvenient points puts us at risk of being accused of ‘Islamophobia’!
Even if true, perhaps especially if true, if something shows Islam in a bad light or hurts someone’s feelings, it can be considered blasphemous or slanderous under Sharia. While it’s tricky to make comparisons with Western law, such notions can slot rather too comfortably within the ‘dangerously subjective’ notions of hate-crime we have in the UK, which don’t apply to everyone apparently.
While Western students 'build a shared future' and hear progressive wishful-thinking of a RoP funded by Sharia-bound Gulf States and Islamic dawa as fact - the ‘spearhead’ of the OIC, Saudi Arabia, continues to fund the global Wahhabi machine. The Wahhabis train imams, build mosques, madrases and publish religious manuals, texts and schoolbooks containing Islamic supremacism, hatred of non-Muslims and violent jihad - 'the reach…has been stunning'.
Meanwhile we have irony-free doublespeak like this, (from a Hope not Hate report):
“Counter-jihadists” believe western civilisation is under attack from Islam, and that secular, liberal society is aiding Islam through mass immigration into Europe and policies of multiculturalism.
Elsewhere in the UK appeasement of violent jihad makes ‘The Lancaster Plan’ look more descriptive than satire; (an estimated 90% of returnees from Syria have not faced justice, but instead a “secretive” government programme that offers bribes of council houses and ‘reintegration’).
Does anyone seriously think (apart from
appeasement anti-terror Czar, Max Hill) that jihadis will see all this as anything other than:
A. legitimisation of and reward for their endeavours
B. acts of ‘proleptic dhimmitude‘?
So how do we stop or even challenge these unwelcome and sinister developments?
First, Brexit has to happen, for the British people to have any hope of reining in their weak and decadent political class.
Otherwise it might be prudent to invest in a day-glo vest - just in case of ‘break-downs’.
George Orwell England Your England
From the Gatestone Institute:
UK: Max Hill, The Queen’s Counsel for Political Correctness
From the New English Review (satire, probably):
The Lancaster Plan
From the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims:
Islamophobia Defined – The inquiry into a working definition of Islamophobia
From the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom:
USCIRF Study Reveals Numerous Passages in Saudi Textbooks Inciting Violence and Intolerance
Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report
From the New York Times:
From the Middle East Forum:
Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an
From Gatestone Institute:
Extremism and Censorship
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