UK Islamophobia

Is It Hobson's Choice Between Religious Beliefs and Free Speech?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Surely, we do not have to view them as a Hobson's choice? What we should focus on instead is the harder - and much harsher - question of whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

Who Will Apologise for Anti-Muslim Attacks?

Zarah Sultana | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

University campuses are supposed to be safe spaces for all students regardless of their race, religion, gender and sexuality but recent events have shown them to be far from insulated from the wider Islamophobia currently gripping society.

Religion's Leaders Have a Unique Responsibility to Tackle Extremism

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

As the representative of one of the oldest European minority faiths on this continent, I want to reach out to the diverse Christian communities, the diverse Muslim communities, secular groups, governments and politicians, to help us stop this growing trend of antagonism and conflict. I believe that we have the responsibility to recreate an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect between the secular modern state and religious movements, in order to make sure that the experiment, which we call Europe, is not going to fail.

It's Important That as Students, We Must Protect Social Minorities

Dean Eastmond | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dean Eastmond

Islamophobia is a dirty word creeping into the likes of households across the UK. I am, like the majority, at university to study and develop life skills before entering "the real world". If this is my exposure to what the real world looks like, I think I'm staying at university forever.

George Galloway Uses Freedom Of Speech Rally To Slam 'Racist' Charlie Hebdo

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Footage has emerged showing firebrand MP George Galloway condemning the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for producing “pornographic, obscene insult...

'Islam Must Die': Horrific Graffiti Daubed On Birmingham University Buildings

The Huffington Post UK | Laura Heffernan | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Police investigations have begun after Islamophobic graffiti was discovered on the University of Birmingham campus. The offensive scrawls were spra...

Hypocrisy of Free Speech: Made by the Powerful, for the Powerful, against the Powerless

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

There is no justification for murdering journalists or satirists. No degree of offence legitimises the use of violence. The deaths of the journalists should be mourned for that particular reason, but no more so than the two officers or the maintenance man who were also killed in the tragic shootings..

A Muslim's Response to the 25,000 Anti-Islam Protesters in Germany

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigners, and anyone a shade darker. I will not draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. I will not call you bigots, I will not insult you, and I will not label you. But we do have a problem.

Three Duties We Owe Each Other at Times of Difficulty

Musharraf Hussein | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Musharraf Hussein

Terrorists carry out their heinous acts to gain publicity for their cause but what is far more sinister is their motive to create division and conflict in the country and it is this that we need to be aware of and not let them succeed...

Paris Attacks - Let's Talk About the 'War on Terror'

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Hamza Hamouchene

We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.

Stoking Fear of 'Britain's Islamic Republic' Leads to Growing Intolerance Towards Muslims

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Criminals may claim whatever they like, but accusing a whole community over their criminality will lead us nowhere.

Charlie Hebdo: They're Not Racist Just Because You're Offended

Lliana Bird | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Lliana Bird

I don't doubt many people would have found the Charlie Hebdo cartoons extremely offensive, and I'm not here to tell you that's wrong, but the insinuation that insulting/offending people may have invited this horrific tragedy on any level is tantamount in my eyes to the old age adage that a rape victim "asked for it" by wearing a short skirt. It's victim blaming at its very worst, and especially against people who fought in many ways for the rights of those who attacked them. So long as offence remains within the bounds of what is legally acceptable, then it is just that - acceptable - whether you personally like it or not.

I Am Ahmed, I Am Charlie, I Am Muslim - Let's March for Unity Not Hatred

Imran Awan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Imran Awan

When the attackers from the Paris massacre, claimed that they were 'avenging' the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad, I was both shocked and appalled. No, No, No! Not again! This couldn't be further from the truth.

As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let's be clear: I agree there is no justification whatsoever for gunning down journalists or cartoonists. I disagree with your seeming view that the right to offend comes with no corresponding responsibility; and I do not believe that a right to offend automatically translates into a duty to offend.

Mourning Charlie, and Resisting the Politics of Hate

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Lutfur Rahman

This is not a situation where we can fight fire with fire. We should fight the ideologies of hatred and violence with an ideology of peace and caring. We need a commitment to honouring the memories of the French journalists, Jews and police officers including a Muslim killed last week, and that involves all doing our bit to create a world in which such horrors are confined to history.

Condemnation Needs to Be on Both Sides, on Charlie Hebdo

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Instead of marching for rights and the liberty to say and do as one wishes, our leaders should be condemning insults by anyone to anyone of any faith. Our leaders should be speaking out demanding that we respect this fundamental right and not abuse this right to free speech.

Islam Is Privilege

Aral Balkan | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Aral Balkan

Islam is a set of ideas. It is an ideology. It inherently deserves no more or less respect than any other ideology. That is to say, it inherently deserves no respect whatsoever. Just like any other idea or ideology, Islam also deserves no special protection from criticism or critique. Affording it any such privilege just because it has a supernatural origin story is not compatible with reason. Muslims, on the other hand, are people who have adopted Islam as dogma. It should really go without saying that just like any other person, Muslims inherently deserve to be respected as people, treated with dignity, and have their rights protected.

Daily Mail Commenters Are Queuing Up To Agree With Fox News Over 'Muslim-Only Birmingham'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

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Time to Pay Religion the Disrespect It Deserves

Christopher Jackson | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher Jackson

All religions, new and old, should be subject to the same disrespect that Charlie Hedbo so boldly and bravely paid them. As Salman Rushdie, a man who knows a thing or two about this subject, said religion deserves our 'fearless disrespect'. Long may such disrespect, whether it be in Charlie Hedbo or elsewhere, continue.

A Muslim Student's Hopes for 2015

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

Growing hostility towards Muslims from the general public is frankly worrying for British society-this must be changed. To create the unity we all so desperately need for Britain's future, teamwork is crucial: both Muslims and the rest of society must rally to resolve issues in the 21st Century.

J'accuse: Charlie Hebdo and the Rank Stupidity of the Infantile Left

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Karthick Ram Manoharan

s far Islamist terrorism goes, maybe the Left should remember what Robespierre, the patriarch of modern day revolutionaries, said - "To punish the oppressors of humanity is benevolence; to be benevolent to them is barbarism." This, and this alone, is real Jacobinism.

Islamophobia Is Code for Race-Hate and Religious Bigotry - Let's Force Britain First Off Our Streets

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

How much longer are we going to give a platform to thugs in suits struggling to keep a straight face for the cameras as they state they're "not racist, just against radical Islam", while their mates swill Stella and chuck Nazi salutes in the background?

Islamophilia Cannot Be an Effective Answer to Islamophobia

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Liberals and leftists in the West are right to condemn the bigotry of the majority community, but the fundamentalism of the minority community cannot be spared from criticism. If those identifying as left and liberal fail to criticise the dangerous trends of Islamism, the right will step up for the task. That is a future no one wants and political correctness can do little to fight it.

Killed for Simply Going to School, Don't Blame Religion - Blame Terror

Imran Awan | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Imran Awan

Attempting to rationalise the madness and senseless murder that took place today will no doubt be part of the investigation process. Indeed, beneath the massacre and rubble of hate, there are serious questions about how these individuals were able to conduct these acts of terror?

Australians Rally Against Islamophobia With #illridewithyou Hashtag

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

Update: Sydney siege mourners are laying boxes of Lindt chocolates at the site Amid a hostage situation in one of downtown Sydney’s busiest spots...