In an article called “The Scourge of Islamophobia,” Muslim writer Maz Saleem alleges, “In the space of just a couple of decades (so-called) Islamophobia has become the bane of western societies. In Britain, its incidence has soared as it has become embedded in the very core of our institutions.”
Islamic Human Rights Commission Islamophobia is anti-Muslim racism (What “race” is Islam???) which manifests itself in an exaggerated fear, hatred, hostility and rejection towards the Islamic religion and Muslims, perpetuated by negative stereotypes.
When these result in bias, discrimination and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from social, political, educational institutions and against the civic lives of Muslim individuals and communities, it is called institutional “Islamophobia.” (“Islamophobia” is a word made up by the Muslim Brotherhood to silence all criticism of Islam)
In line with the definition of institutional racism employed by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry institutional “Islamophobia” consists of the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their Muslim background or faith. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and stereotyping which disadvantage those perceived to be Muslim.
Even pre-9/11, Muslims were widely viewed as different and as a threat to national security. However, as the report also highlights that Islamophobia and institutional Islamophobia have increased exponentially over the past two decades. (It couldn’t have anything to do with the more than 36,000 deadly Islamic terrorist attacks that have taken place around the world since 9/11, now could it?)
Anti-Muslim Terrorism Laws and Programs
There are several areas in which institutional Islamophobia manifests itself in the UK. Most prominent of these is anti-terrorism legislation.
Under the controversial Schedule 7 counter-terror law, Muslims are being detained in disproportionately high numbers at ports and airports according to the human rights group CAGE. In the 20 years it has been in operation approximately half a million people have been stopped under this power. (Good job!)
Muhammad Rabbani, International Director for CAGE, says: “The discrimination faced by Muslim travellers highlights how embedded Islamophobia is in Schedule 7, and in broader counter-terrorism powers. Officers routinely ask intrusive questions about religion and practice, which amounts to a modern-day inquisition.” (We like to call it keeping us safe from Muslim terrorists)
“Over the last decade alone, Schedule 7 has seen over 400,000 people stopped, 99.993% were innocent of any wrongdoing (It only took 19 Muslims to bring down two 110-story buildings). This highlights the disproportionate use of the power and illustrates its abuse with devastating consequences for thousands of people. The practice amounts to the most exhaustive racial profiling strategy witnessed in modern times.” (“Racial” as in what “race” is Muslim?)
PREVENT is another sinister social engineering programme that seeks to eradicate views and beliefs of resistance within the Muslim population. Ever since its introduction in 2003 PREVENT has focused its attention primarily on Britain’s Muslims and has probably done more than any other policy or law to entrench their status as “problematic” citizens. (No, Muslims do a fine job of doing that to themselves) It has been widely criticized (by Muslims) for spying and infiltrating Muslim communities, browbeating and financially inducing them to become compliant and assimilated.
In 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act widened the scope of PREVENT even further, placing a duty on specified institutions and authorities to be vigilant and show “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” As a result, nearly two million public sector workers are trained to spy on Muslims for signs of extremism. (Obviously, it’s not working, as Muslim terror attacks continue to occur in the UK on a regular basis)
Most Muslim feel its aims within educational institutions is to disarm Muslim children and adults politically and stop them from speaking out. (Not speaking out, acting out)
Education is another area in which institutional “Islamophobia” is pervasive
The National Education Union (NEU) says the normalization of anti-Muslim racism (Islam is NOT a race so there is no such thing as anti-Muslim “racism”) must not be allowed to blight and affect the lives of Muslims, and everyone perceived to be Muslim.
Young Muslim children in the UK say they have been called “terrorists” at school and been told by strangers to take off their headscarves (Virtually every child in school gets called names at some point. And when they come to school dressed as freaks, someone is bound to try and remove the offensive garment). In 2018 alone, according to government figures, religious hate crime increased by 40% across the UK, with more than half directed at Muslims. (NOT TRUE. Most of the hate crimes are directed at Jews. But don’t let facts get in the way of your Islamowhining)
The NEU has also raised deep concerns about the PREVENT policy saying that it encourages treating pupils as ‘suspects not students’. Evidence has continued to mount that the PREVENT policy is causing fear and discrimination for Muslim pupils. (And that’s a BAD thing because why? Muslim pupils grow up to be Muslim terrorists)
In the NEU’s report ‘Barriers’ teachers talked about how “PREVENT is so strong that teachers feel that disagreeing with them is seen as condoning extremism and there is pressure to ‘watch’ Muslim students and their work.” (As there should be)
High referral rates according to the NEU ‘could be a sign that teachers are misreading the signs of radicalization or they are being overcautious or using a form of profiling. However, a referral can mean long term stigmatization and trauma for the child’. (Well, that’s the price you pay for continuing to include acts of terrorism (jihad) as an inherent part of your so-called religion)
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the sustained intensity of media coverage of Islam and Muslims resulted in an almost universal distorted awareness of Islam and its beliefs. (The ONLY distortion perpetrated by the media is that “Islam is a religion of peace”)
Research has shown that Western media coverage of terrorism is often based on “Islamophobic” assumptions. Islamophobia in the Western media is increasingly spreading to other parts of the world, which rely on Western news outlets, yet have little everyday exposure to Muslims.
In the UK, there are many examples of news headlines and coverage that could potentially instill fear and the possibility of ‘otherizing” Muslims. Mainstream newspapers such as The Daily Express, The Sun and The Times, the Daily Mail have run offensive headlines, including “Ramadan A Ding-Dong”, “Christianity Under Attack”, “Muslims ‘Silent On Terror’”, “Britain Goes Halal… but Nobody Tells Public’’, “1 in 5 Brit Muslims Sympathy For “Jihadis” and others. (Thank goodness that a few media outlets, unlike the state-run BBC, have the guts to tell the truth about Muslims)
Since the war on Islamic terror, the representation of Muslims in the media is as a domestic terrorist threat. Immigration, the niqab/burqa, and forced marriages have bene used as tools to portray Muslims as ‘foreigners’, and ‘outsiders’ (They ARE, and their Islamic supremacism makes them happy to be perceived that way). The Muslim paedophile sex grooming scandals tag all Muslim males as predatory. Mosques and madrasas are regularly represented as ‘problematic‘ and incompatible with British society.(If the shoe fits…)
The British media contributes daily to growing tensions between communities through negative representations of Muslims and consistently carries Islamophobic stories that play to the far-right. (Imagine that, the predominantly far left British media carry stories that only appeal to the far-right. Who knew?)
So-called “Islamophobia” in the Conservative Party
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly humiliated Muslim women who wear the niqab and the burqa. Boris Johnson has faced much criticizm but he has still refused to apologize. In 2014 he published a blatantly Islamophobic book “Seventy-Two Virgins – A Comedy of Errors” with references to “Islamofascists”, “Islamic headcases” and “Islamic nutcases” and a stereotypical suicide bomber plot. (One of the reasons he won the recent election in a landslide)