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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Islamophobia - especially in Scotland and the USA

A selection of interesting recent posts and links from Islamophobia Watch.

1. "Now why is it that whenever we speak of Islam and Muslims today, some of us think they have the license to drop their IQ level by a hundred points or so? Is discussion on Islam a license to say anything dumb, offensive and provocative just for the sake of riling up the masses and grabbing a few headlines? A politician in Holland has even stated that there should be a ban on any reading of the Quran, on the grounds that it can be compared to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Others claim that all Muslims are determined primarily by their religion which happens to be irrational, unscientific and anti-Enlightenment."

A thoughtful piece by Farish A Noor in Pakistan's Daily Times.

2. A letter to The Scotsman demonstrating just the kind of attitude Noor is talking about. I suppose it displays commitment to freedom of speech that the paper published such an overtly racist letter, though I can't say it increases my pride in my adopted home. Oh, and here's another,with a rag-tag of supportive comments from as far away as New York. One commenter with whom I am ashamed to share my city asks " name me a few bomb attacks carried out in the name of Christianity". Will this do? And this?

3. Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be Muslim.

4. Especially for far-right racists who believe that if a Muslim deliberately drives his car at a non-Muslim this is an example of "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" (I'm not making this up), here is an example of a far-right racist deliberately driving his car at a Muslim.

5. The appalling David Horowitz takes his quasi-Stalinist campaign for American academics to toe the Islamophobic ideological line or lose their jobs to colleges across the USA. Are we surprised that the "Nashville Cab Jihad" racist from the previous paragraph is his number one groupie? We are not. As the article says, "David Horowitz and his fellow Islamophobes should be confronted and exposed for the bigots they are - at every campus they show up on, and everywhere opponents of war and racism raise their voices."


At 09 October, 2007 21:31, Anonymous eddi the seahorse said...

Last week in Tesco I noticed a magazine I hadn't seen before. It was called "Asian Woman".

I can't help wondering how many circles of hell would break loose if we tried to market a magazine called "English Woman" or (horror of horrors) "White Woman".

I don't know if I've missed something vital here, but I'd always thought that racial equality was supposed to work both ways...


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