Archive for July, 2008

It Shouldn’t Happen To A Muslim

July 8, 2008

Watch ‘Dispatches’ tonight on Channel 4 urges Respect

Salma%20addressing%20rally.jpgDon’t miss tonight’s Dispatches, on Channel 4, 8pm, which is billed as a counterblast to rampant Islamophobia. It is presented by Peter Oborne, who has also written a pamphlet on the question. Oborne is a conservative commentator, which means that his intervention against what he calls “Britain’s last remaining socially acceptable form or bigotry” is therefore all the more newsworthy.

Salma Yaqoob, Birmingham Respect councillor, said:

“This is a very welcome pamphlet by Peter Oborne and it was pleasing to see his piece in the Daily Mail. While there is a deluge of negative images and reports about Muslim communities – as a study this week by researchers at Cardiff University has again detailed – there are voices speaking out. Tonight’s Dispatches programme on Channel 4 at 8pm looks set to be another powerful intervention. We in Respect are especially pleased by these developments as we see building a broad coalition against Islamphobia as critical to pushing it back.”

Respect website, 7 July 2008

The programme went out last night. The Islamophobiawatchers were getting really excited.

It wasen’t a surprise to see the Respect Party using the programme to drum up support from paranoid Muslims by further pushing the “Everyone is out to get you so vote for us and we will protect you from the nasty racist Islamophobes” line.

If negative media coverage of Muslims helps to whip up fear of Islam and attacks on Muslims then programmes which further increase fear amongst Muslims of being attacked by racists are equally unhelpful.