However, the slain cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo, FOX News, American Sniper, and UK Home Secretary Theresa May did make the Britain-based Islamic Human Rights Perpetual Whiner’s list. Maybe next year.
5PillarsUK Leading the list was British Home Secretary Theresa May MP who has been voted the year’s worst Islamophobe at the IHRC’s Islamophobia awards.
May has been a driving force behind the introduction of yet more repressive legislation targeting the Muslim community. This includes the new Counter Terrorism and Security Act which obligates professionals such as teachers and doctors to spy on Muslims and allows border officials to seize passports of people (read Muslims) suspected of traveling for potential “terrorist” purposes.
According to the IHRC, the continual targeting and scapegoating of Muslims using anti-terror laws and the government’s ever widening anti-radicalisation PREVENT programme has been responsible for creating a climate of hostility that encourages acts of discrimination, abuse and violence against them. It has successfully “otherized” Muslims and created a popular perception of them as a security threat. (They ARE!)
Not surprisingly, a former Muslim extremist in the UK, who now speaks out against radical Islam, Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of the think tank Quilliam, drew the ire of fellow Muslims by tweeting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad and appearing to side with Western satirists in making light of him.
The Hollywood box-office hit, American Sniper, shot down all competition to easily win the Movie/Book/TV category. The romanticization of Army sniper Chris Kyle’s life has led critics to accuse the film of normalizing Islamophobia and inspiring hatred against Muslims. (Nah, I’m pretty sure Muslims do a much better job of that all by themselves)
There is no surprise in the “media” category this year where serial nominee Fox News topped the poll. (Despite its softening position on Islam, it still outshines the rest of the dhimmi media)
In the international category, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which was the target of a murderous attack in January won the prize here for its continual stoking of Islamophobic sentiment by caricaturing Muslims as terrorists and ridiculing their beliefs.
Charlie Hebdo’s repeated mocking of Muslims is part of a culture of hate that is intended to marginalise, further alienate and further endanger a community that has effectively been “otherized” in much the same way that Jews were in Nazi Germany. (And once again Muslims/IslamoNazis, who otherwise hate Jews more than anything, hop on the Nazi persecution bandwagon when it suits their purposes)