Pressure builds on party leaders to recognise racism targeting ‘Muslimness’
Muslims in the UK are demanding full legal protection from “Islamophobia,” and the definition of “Islamophobia” has finally been articulated:
"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."
There are already hate crime laws in the UK:
A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property
What exactly are the Muslim Council of Britain and other Muslim groups seeking that is not already covered by British law?
In Canada, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) faced opposition for a differently worded but similar definition of “Islamophobia” which implied that one must not criticize Muslims and Islam. The group’s definition of “Islamophobia” was presented to the Toronto District School Board in an Islamic resource guide for Islamic Heritage Month. The definition stated that “Islamophobia” was “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”
As with “Islamophobia,” what precisely does “Muslimness” mean?
Demands from Islamic groups are becoming increasingly brazen, and are in line with Sharia blasphemy laws. Such law is regarded as divine and forms the foundation of Islamic politics and culture, so the implications of Muslim demands about “Islamophobia” in Western nations are clear: this is an attempt to criminalize any criticism of Islam or Muslims.
Sharia has no place in any democracy, but mainstream Muslim lobbies will relentlessly continue to push for Sharia supremacy, exploiting any possible means, demanding that Muslim misdeeds committed in line with Sharia provisions be hidden or under-reported.
It is wrong that the 15-year-old Muslim Syrian refugee in Huddersfield was bullied. But what about the countless assaults, the Muslim rape gangs, and the jihad attacks that Muslims have perpetrated against infidels?
More on this story. “Muslims demand full legal protection from Islamophobia,” by Dan Sabbagh, Guardian, December 1, 2018:
Muslim organisations are urging Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and all other party leaders to adopt a newly proposed working definition of Islamophobia in an attempt to put pressure on a reluctant Home Office to follow suit.
The Muslim Council of Britain and other Islamic groups want the Conservatives and Labour to take the lead in the aftermath of a week marked by public outrage over the alleged racist bullying of a 15-year-old Syrian refugee in Huddersfield.
The definition was set out in a report published by a cross-party group of MPs last week and says: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said his and other groups hoped political leaders would “all understand the importance of listening to communities” and make a “positive response” by adopting the definition.
However, a Home Office minister said earlier that the department had no intention of adopting a definition, in response to a question from one of the chairs of the cross-party group, the Conservative MP Anna Soubry. Victoria Atkins told the Commons in March that there were “many definitions of Islamophobia”, but added: “We do not accept the need for a definitive definition, but we know that Islamophobia is clearly recognised and that we have very effective monitoring systems of all race-hate crimes.”
The inquiry by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims held sessions in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Sheffield. Members heard about a wide spectrum of Islamophobic experiences, including multiple incidents of physical and verbal abuse.
A Muslim woman described how a lit firework was posted through her letterbox in her home in Wales; a student in Sheffield was abused on public transport and “no one intervened to stop it”. Victims described the impact on their mental health of their experiences, which often left them feeling isolated.
A newly launched website in support of the definition includes the example of a Muslim mother who was allegedly attacked by three women “for wearing a headscarf” as she walked to a primary school in south London.
The plea for politicians to adopt the definition comes after a bruising summer dominated by rows about antisemitism in the Labour party as well as Islamophobia among the Conservatives, following a particularly controversial newspaper column written by the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in which he compared fully veiled women to letterboxes and bank robbers…..