Fear and free speech: why defining Islamophobia could do more harm than good

May 19, 2019 by

by Irene Lancaster, Christian Today. This past week an open letter was sent to the Home Secretary expressing concern regarding the new mooted definition of Islamophobia. The proposed definition by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Muslims suggested the following be adopted by the Government: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” What is most interesting about the open letter is the...

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Legislating against ‘Islamophobia’?

May 17, 2019 by

[Editor’s note: This is important, because a law against Islamophobia according to the proposed definition could severely restrict freedom of speech, for example proclaiming the uniqueness and Lordship of Christ compared to other faiths.] Most recent at the top: Record of debate on Islamophobia in the House of Commons, from Hansard, which concluded: “Resolved, That this House has considered the definition of Islamophobia.” Speeches largely supportive of adopting the definition, but...

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House of Lords debates grooming gangs

May 17, 2019 by

by Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern: Baroness Cox secured a short debate in the House of Lords on the subject of grooming gangs this week. The question for debate was: “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the prevention of grooming gangs in Rotherham and elsewhere; and what assistance they have offered to victims and their families.” Horrific ordeal Opening the debate, Baroness Cox described the horrific ordeal of hundreds of young girls who have been brutally raped and...

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We must have the right to mock Muslimness

May 16, 2019 by

by Brendan O’Neill, spiked: A proposed new definition of ‘Islamophobia’ would severely curtail public debate. Here’s one of the weirdest things about 21st-century Britain: we have a real problem with radical Islam and yet politicians want to make it harder for us to talk openly about Islam. Islamist extremism is on the rise. A minority of Muslim Brits have embraced a super intolerant version of their religion. It is not uncommon to see groups of shouty young men and veiled young women...

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Open letter to Home Secretary rejects Islamophobia definition

May 15, 2019 by

from Christian Concern: An open letter to the Home Secretary warning against the adoption of a proposed definition of Islamophobia has been signed by over 40 leading experts from a range of religious backgrounds. Signatories include Professor Richard Dawkins, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Lord Singh of Wimbledon, author and historian Tom Holland, and Pastor Ade Omooba MBE. The letter, representing many Christians, atheists, Sikhs and others, criticises the...

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Durham Church offers to cover crosses while hosting Muslim Iftar meal

May 15, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: A parish church in the Diocese of Durham has been criticised for “being ashamed of the gospel” after saying it would cover crosses and other sacred images in order to host Islamic prayers and an Iftar meal for the local Muslim community. The Church of St Matthew and St Luke, Darlington, also agreed to provide separate worship space so men and women could offer segregated worship. Muslim representatives met with Vicar Revd Lissa Scott and agreed to set apart two...

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