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Archive for 'Anti Muslim Bigotry'

Wilders and Spencer among those applauding Trump’s latest proposals

Most mainstream commenters and politicians are appalled by Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims should be banned from entering the US including tourists and even (according to his campaign manager) US citizens who happened to be overseas for some reason, e.g. serving in the military. Here are some reactions via the BBC site.
Republicans:

“ridiculous position” – New [...]

Anti-Muslim rally in Poland features burning of Jewish effigy

From what I know about the Eastern European far Right, I can’t say I’m surprised that an anti-Muslim immigration demonstration in Poland ended with the burning in effigy of a Hasidic Jew holding a European Union flag.

A reminder, if anyone needed it, that there are plenty of people who hate Jews and Muslims with equal [...]

The Daily Mail’s ‘Muslim gang’

In his recent speech David Cameron emphasised the importance of building ‘a more cohesive society, so more people feel a part of it and are therefore less vulnerable to extremism.’  He also urged the media to play its part in rejecting both bigotry and extremism.  Some sections don’t seem to have taken much notice of [...]

‘This isn’t aimed at you’: UKIP and ritual slaughter

As Alex Massie points out in the Spectator:
Motives matter too, you know. It’s not always enough to have the ‘right’ policy. You need to have it for the right reasons too.
You might disapprove of religious exemptions from stunning  because you are an ardent secularist who doesn’t think religion should receive any special privileges.  Or you [...]

Texas state rep to Muslims: pledge allegiance to America or stay out of my office

There was a time not so long ago when Republicans actively sought the votes of American Muslims and won big majorities among them.
In 2000 the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council endorsed George Bush over Al Gore and Ralph Nader.
Shortly after Bush’s inauguration Kerri Houston of the American Conservative Union said that Muslim voters delivered Florida [...]

OHPI: Je Suis Humain

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) has produced a report in the wake of events in Paris.  ‘Je Suis Humain: Responsible free speech in the shadow of the Charlie Hebdo murders.’ As well as analysis of the free speech issues raised by some responses to the killings, the report offers a series of recommendations.
Whereas some [...]

Why Have An Issue with @JihadistJoe tweets?

This is a cross-post by John Sargeant at homo economicus
Recently the @jihadistjoe and myself were mentioned in an article. Soon after, his account was suspended. Richard Dawkins led the Twitter charge to have his account reinstated as he is a “clever satirist.”
Can you support these recent tweets Richard, which Tom Owolade highlighted, as [...]

It’s like watching a Harry’s Place thread on TV

On Bill Maher’s HBO show, (from left) New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, actor/director Ben Affleck, Maher and neuroscientist/author Sam Harris discuss Islam, Islamic extremism, anti-Muslim bigotry, Islamophobia, etc.

It all sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?
Affleck may be an excellent actor/director, but he comes across as a rather ill-informed [...]

Geller’s latest – and eleven more free speech controversies

Pamela Geller is at it again. Her latest ad campaign features three posters, all targeting Islam (and Muslims) in different ways.
One focuses on antisemitism.

The relationship between Islam and antisemitism, the links between Hitler and the Grand Mufti, the high levels of antisemitism in Muslim countries today – these are all legitimate topics for discussion.  But [...]

Hatreds old and New: Jonathan Freedland and Mehdi Hasan

Much of last night’s discussion sought to bring out symmetries between the two hatreds under discussion, anti-Muslim bigotry and antisemitism. Freedland and Hasan both presented themselves as critical friends of their communities, raising the difficult questions some would rather not tackle, while still remaining insiders.  There are certainly parallels between the abusive comments and charges [...]