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Gendre Segregation: Labelling Oppoents As Islamophobes Doesn’t Help Anyone

December 17, 2013

There has been much controversy over alleged gender segregation at a recent debate held at a university that was hosted by an Islamic organisation.

Those that opposed the segregation of men and women argued that there should be equality and no segregation along any lines be it racial or sexual. There have been those who have argued that there was no enforced segregation at the meeting and that separate seating for men and women was entirely voluntary and there was mixed seating for those male and female attendees who wished to sit together.

Now right-wing Islamophobes have been quick to scream about how this represent the “Islamofication” of Western society and how Muslim extremists are being given the freedom to impose their beliefs and culture on everyone else. The right-wing tabloid press have made a fair fuss about this and any reasoned debate about the rights and wrongs of separate seating for men and women at university debates has been lost in a tirade of anti-Muslim hysteria.

However many of those protesting against the separate seating along gender lines are not Islamophobic. But there have been those who’ve labelled anyone who protested as Islamophobes. Such as Bob Pitt of Islamophobia Watch…

Pitt attempts to expose the truth about this meeting and claims gender division was not enforced. However he is quick to label anyone who protested and objected as Islamophobes and accuse them of whipping up “hysteria”. Of course there was some hysteria such as those comparing the separate seating of men and women to racial apartheid but not all opponents buys into that rubbish.

Bob Pitt is very good at exposing and ripping apart the Islamophobia of the right-wing media and of many politicians but he is too quick to label anyone including those on the Left and liberals who protest against repressive practices within Islam as Islamophobic, racist and as appeasers of the fascist anti-Muslim far-right.

There may have been hysteria and a level of anti-Muslim bigotry from some objecting to separate seating for men and women at this debate (mainly the right-wing media) but to accuse left-wing protesters and progressives of that anti-Muslim bigotry is unfair, a smear and does not help anyone or free debate about the issue.

Instead it just attempts to silence and attempts to dismiss those who have an opposing viewpoint as racist or bigoted towards Muslims. That’s not debate that’s censorship.


Anti-EDL Protest…Islamophobia Watch Smear Tatchell

September 6, 2011

Peter Tatchell was at the anti-EDL counter protest where he held up placcards denouncing homophobia from Islamic extremists as well as far-right fascists like the EDL.

Islamophobia Watch have called him an “attention seeking narcassists” and posted a post from the EDL’s forum which urges Tatchell to join them…

This is clearly an attempt to smear Tatchell as in league with the EDL because he protest against Islamic extremism.


Blaming Mel Phillips For Norway Attacks

July 26, 2011

Mad Mel and the Norway terrorist attacks

DateTuesday, July 26, 2011

The Guardian reports that Melanie Phillips is outraged at the post by Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspiracy which noted that her writings were cited by the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in his now notorious 2083 manifesto. “There are only two references to me or my work in its 1500 pages”, an indignant Phillips complains.

In reality, an entire article by Phillips is reproduced by Breivik. It takes up nearly three pages of his document. Now, bearing in mind that Breivik justified his massacre of young Labour Party members on the grounds that their party’s immigration policies and support for multiculturalism had opened the door to the “Islamisation” of Norway, what do you suppose was the subject of the article by Phillips that so impressed Breivik?

Well, it was from the 28 October 2009 edition of the Daily Mail and was entitled “The outrageous truth slips out: Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us”. Phillips ranted that the then Labour government had pursued “a deliberate policy of mass immigration” which “amounted to nothing less than an attempt to change the very make-up of this country”. Labour had “engaged upon a deliberate and secret policy of national cultural sabotage”.

Quoting the claim by former Labour speechwriter Andrew Neather that the government’s “driving political purpose” was to “make the UK truly multicultural”, Phillips continued:

It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions. It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another “multicultural” identity in its place. 

Labour’s aim, in short, was to “destroy Britain’s identity and transform it into a multicultural society where British attributes would have no greater status than any other country’s”. The government had “secretly plotted to flood the country with immigrants to change its very character and identity”.

You can understand why Breivik was so keen on Phillips’s article can’t you? It fed directly into the paranoid fantasies of the “counter-jihad” movement, of which Breivik is a part, that social democratic governments have engaged in a conspiracy to destroy their countries’ national identity through a programme of mass immigration and support for multiculturalism.

But Phillips denies any responsibility. She demands: “Is Hundal suggesting that my writing provoked the mass murder of some 93 Norwegians? Doubtless with one eye on the law of libel, he piously avers: ‘There is no suggestion that his actions were inspired by Melanie Phillips, nor am I making that claim’.”

Personally, I think Sunny was being far too soft on Phillips. Certainly there is no suggestion that Phillips advocates political violence and the killing of innocent people (except in the case of Israeli state terrorism, of course). But Phillips has certainly made a far from negligible contribution to whipping up the atmosphere of fear and hatred towards migrants and Muslims that provided the conditions for the atrocities in Norway.

You can imagine how different Phillips’s attitude would be if an antisemitic journalist had written endless pieces about the supposed Jewish threat to national identity and had accused European governments of conspiring to allow Jews to take over their countries, without however proposing any violent response to this. If a terrorist inspired by such views had reacted by killing those he held responsible for the “Judaification” of the nation, would Phillips assert that it was unfair to blame the journalist for the violence? Of course she wouldn’t. She would say, quite rightly, that “non-violent” antisemitic propaganda had helped to provoke the murders.

But Phillips asks us to believe that her own hate-filled tirades about migrants and Muslims are entirely without consequences.

Islamophobia Watch thinks Sunny Hundall was too soft on Phillips for her apparent responsibility for the Norway attacks and did not proclaim that she’s got blood on her hands!

The thing is as defenders of immigration and multiculuralism all this seems incredibly unhelpful to us! If we want to preserve freedom of movement and diversity we need to debate with those that criticise and attack these things no matter how ill informed their views are.

But this is just trying to shut down debate by smearing those who disagree with immigration and multiculturalism as guilty of fanning the flames of right-wing extremists who would go as far to kill people!

Mel Phillips is indeed bigoted and ill informed but let’s not elevate her to having such power and influence she can contribute to a madman killing innocent people!

Norway Terrorist Attacks

July 24, 2011

It has been reported that the terrorist who carried out Friday’s attacks in Norway was a far-right extremist who visited the website of the English Defence League on several occasions.

Islamophobia Watch referers to a piece by Socialist Unity that claims the EDL are fans of the website Harry’s Place which has been labled as “Islamophobic” because it attacks views expressed by promonent Muslims such as Salma Yaqoob….

This is a clear attempt to smear website’s like Harry’s Place as feeders for neo-Nazi propoganda and to suggest anyone who expresses the slightest crticisim of Islam as in some way contributing to the attacks that happened a few days ago.

Panorama Expose Of Islamic Hate In Schools Is A “Witchhunt” Say Islamophobiawatchers

November 22, 2010

Panorama’s John Ware embarks on another witch-hunt

DateMonday, November 22, 2010

ENGAGE takes up tonight’s Panorama programme British Schools, Islamic Rules.

Hmm. If Panorama was exposing how children in British schools are being exposed to BNP fascist anti-Muslim propoganda the Islamophobiawatchers would, quite rightly of course, celebrate it as a fantastic expose of racism, fascism and Islamophobia in British schools.

But exposing hatred towards non-Muslims in British schools from Muslims is apparently a “witchunt” and racist, Islamophobic etc etc.

Engage points out how the right-wing tabloids like The Daily Mail and The Daily Star are exploiting the programme for their own anti-Muslim ends.

Usual guilt by dissassociation form the Islamophobiawatchers. Because the right-wing racist anti-Muslim tabloid press scaremongers about Islamic extremism and bigotry from Muslims anyone who points out and criticises bigotry when spoken by Muslims must be sympathisers to the tabloids racist anti-Muslim agenda.

Of course!

For more on John Ware, see here.

Are Animal Rights Activists Islamophobes?

September 20, 2010

If it’s not sharia hysteria it’s halal hysteria: Mail on Sunday denounces ritual slaughter

DateSunday, September 19, 2010

“A Mail on Sunday investigation – which will alarm anyone concerned about animal cruelty – has revealed that schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham are controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public….

“Animal welfare campaigners have long called for a ban on the traditional Islamic way of preparing meat – which involves killing animals by drawing a knife across their throats, without stunning them first – saying it is cruel and causes unnecessary pain….

“The extent of halal meat consumption, even in areas of Britain with a very small Muslim population, was revealed as the Pope, on his first visit to Britain, expressed fears that the country was not doing enough to preserve traditional Christian values and customs.”

Yes it’s another piece of “Islamification of Britain” scaremongering in the Mail on Sunday, who adopt the pretence that they’re motivated not by hostility towards Muslims but by concern for animal rights, just as they frame their campaign against “sharia courts” in terms of a defence of women’s rights.

The fact that non-Muslims have for decades eaten halal meat in “Indian” restaurants (many of which are of course run by Muslims of Bangladeshi origin) without it ever becoming an issue for them is completely ignored.

And anyone who believes that opposition to ritual slaughter in the name of animal rights is necessarily progressive should check out the biography of Arnold Leese, to whom the present-day BNP can trace its organisational and ideological roots.

As for the Mail‘s sensitivity towards unnecessary suffering on the part of poor dumb animals, if the paper ever registered support for a ban on foxes being torn apart by packs of hounds it certainly passed us by.

Islamophobia Watch superbly highlights hysterial tabloid nonscence but then goes and spoils it by attempting to lump anyone who is against ritul slaughter with racists.

“And anyone who believes that opposition to ritual slaughter in the name of animal rights is necessarily progressive should check out the biography of Arnold Leese, to whom the present-day BNP can trace its organisational and ideological roots.”

Erm so does that mean animal rights activists who protest against ritual slaughter are BNP sympathisers or fascists?

“Yes it’s another piece of “Islamification of Britain” scaremongering in the Mail on Sunday, who adopt the pretence that they’re motivated not by hostility towards Muslims but by concern for animal rights, just as they frame their campaign against “sharia courts” in terms of a defence of women’s rights.”

Very true but the Islamophobiawatchers paint anyone who is against sharia courts as hostile to Muslims.

Because right-wing racists oppose sharia law they say, anyone who opposes sharia law is on the side of right-wing racists!

So presuambly if the BNP is against Islamic ritualistic slaughter of animals anyone who is against ritualistic slaughter of animals is on the side of the BNP.



Peter Tatchell Not Protesting Against Muslims Shocker

September 18, 2010

According to Islamophobia Watch the human rights and gay campaigner Peter Tatchell is an Islamophobic bigot who stirs up hatred against Muslims by devoting all his efforts to protesting against Muslims who he claims are propoganting homophobia and insighting violence against homosexuals.

Islamophobia Watch claim that Tatchell mostly protests against Muslims and rather than equally crticise hatred against gays from all religions his main gripe is Islam.

But this week Tatchell has demonstrated that is just a load of hogwash! Tatchell has been leading the protests against the state visit of The Pope and the homophobia peddled by the Catholic Church as well as the cover up of the sex abuse of children by Catholic priests.

The claim that Tatchell just has a go at homophobic Muslims is a nasty smear by the Islamophobia watching far left and this week Tatchell has shown that he demonstrates against bigotry amongst all religions!

Burn A Korn Day Gets Islamophobia Watchers Going

September 9, 2010

The news that some extreme right-wing Christian looney with about 34 members in his Congregation is planning a day where people burn the Koran has got the Islamophobiawatchers frothing at the mouth pointing to how this is yet more evidence that the Western world is full of rampent anti-Muslim racist.

Islamophobia Watch is covering it all and you can find most of their take on the nonscence on their website

According to the Islamophobiawatching far left a Pastor living in the backwaters of the deapest South of the USA who has a mere 34 people supporting him burning the Koran is a demonstration of out of control Western racism and imperalism against Islam and Muslims.

As par for the course the Islamophobiawatchers elivate small bands of racist nutters into a far greater threat than they actually are!

Choudary Hilarity

January 16, 2010

Evening Standard says don’t give publicity to Choudary

DateTuesday, January 12, 2010

“The decision by the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, to ban the group Islam4UK will achieve little. As with some previous bans on extremist organisations, the group will simply reorganise under a new name, as it already has on at least one occasion. Worse, though, the Home Secretary appears to have fallen into the trap set him by the group’s notorious but media-savvy leader, Anjem Choudary.

“Mr Choudary has proven himself adept at grabbing publicity for what is apparently an almost entirely paper organisation. His announcement earlier this month that it planned to hold a protest march in Wootton Basset against the war in Afghanistan appears to have had no basis in fact: no application to hold a demonstration was ever made. This did not prevent much of the media from covering it at length, however; now the Home Secretary has simply given Choudary new victim status.

“There are real terrorist organisations that deserve to be banned. But Mr Choudary is telling the truth when he denies that his is a terrorist group: rather, it is a benefit claimants’ exercise in macho fantasy and a prop for his own ego. Most people find Choudary’s views repellent but he should be allowed to express them, if only to remind us just how silly and narcissistic is this armchair warrior from Welling. He will be delighted that Mr Johnson has instead taken the bait as intended.”

Evening Standard, 12 January 2010

This is a sensible piece with which we can broadly agree. But it has to be said that, when it comes to giving Choudary and his tiny group of idiots publicity that is out of all proportion to their significance, the Standard itself has been one of the worst offenders.

We have been treated to such articles as “The Pope must die, says Muslim“, “I want to see flag of Allah flying over Downing St“, “Islamist group march for ‘full sharia law in Britain’“, “Next 9/11 in Britain warn banned Muslim militants” and “Islamist sect banned as security threat ‘is recruiting teenagers’“, not to mention “Wootton Bassett on parade as Islamic hate row grows“.

Before it starts lecturing others about falling for Choudary’s publicity-generating stunts, the Standard might perhaps consider reviewing its own editorial policy.

Yes , the Evening Standard and other right-wing newspapers give far too much publicity to nutters like Choudary as well as talking up the threat of Islamic extremism.

But the leftist Islamophobiawatchers give far too much publicity to paranoid Islamic extremism watchers whilst talking up the threat of rampent racist Islamophobia!

Racists At Fancy Dress Student Party

December 20, 2009

Students condemned for ‘racially offensive’ fancy dress stunt

Students who dressed up as prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and “blacked-up” their faces for a Christmas party have been accused of racism.

The students, part of the rugby team from the London School of Economics (LSE), were in costume for the annual “carol” last Friday, an “all-day drinking” event organised by the university’s Athletics Union. They wore orange jumpsuits, with some painting their faces brown and drawing on beards.

At around 1pm, outside the Student Union bar, in full public view, they proceeded to imitate Muslim prayer while other team members dressed as American soldiers shouted orders at them. It took place just as Muslim students were leaving the nearby Old Building after Friday prayer.

West End Extra, 17 December 2009

See also London Student, 11 December 2009

Thoughtless, stupid and yes probably racist!

But Islamophobia Watch portrays this as yet more example of how Britain is rampent with Islamophobia anti-Muslim racism.

A bunch of students acting like idiots does not prove that Britain is an anti-Islam Muslim hating fascist hell hole!