"the British press has a long history of megalomaniacal, reactionary and criminal proprietors. Some, such as Conrad Black, ended up in prison or, in the case of Robert Maxwell, would have done if he hadn't died. Others, such as the migrant-and-Muslim-baiting pornographer Richard Desmond, merely emphasise how narrow and dysfunctional media ownership is in Britain." [Seamus Milne in The Guardian] http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/20/scandal-exposed-scale-elite-corruption
" ...the supposed Islamisation of Europe, the classic conspiracism of the 'Eurabia' takeover fantasy, the racist hysteria about the Muslim birthrate, the inevitable clash of civilisations, the hatred of 'multiculturalism' and the supposed appeasement of Islam by the European elite, which is meant to have fostered a climate where it's impossible to speak about immigration. All these themes are of course staples of conservative newspapers, commentators and websites... the continuum between the poisonous nonsense commonplace in the mainstream media in recent years, the street slogans of groups like the EDL and Breivik's outpourings is unmistakable". [Seamus Milne] http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/28/rage-muslims-no-loner-breivik
FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK
AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE
THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS
20th June 2011
Baroness Cox, the Tory peer who admires Geert Wilders, finds the Islamic personal law courts (shariah councils) intolerable: "We cannot sit here complacently in our red and green benches while women are suffering a system which is utterly incompatible with the legal principles upon which this country is founded...If we don't do something, we are condoning it." Isn't pluralism a fact of life in British law? Apparently not for Muslims! Baroness Cox's prejudice is that Islam and human rights are incompatible. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/baroness-cox-if-we-ignore-wrongs-we-condone-them-2299937.htm
3rd June 2011
'Have I got News For You' show Sharon Horgan said: ëThe Independent described the Dostoevsky metro stationÖ as the Mecca for suicides. Not to be confused with the Mecca of suicide bombers ñ which is Mecca." Hargon later apologised.
29th May 2011
The Daily Mail headline:" 'Bradford is very inbred': Muslim outrage as professor warns first-cousin marriages increase risk of birth defects." - note the newspaper's choice of wording - 'Muslim outrage'. In fact, one Muslim spokesperson quoted by journalist Tom Kelly merely said that Professor Steve Job's comments were "unworthy of a professor"! Another Muslim noted "I just do not know of any firm evidence backing up Professor Jonesís claims. I think we need more conclusive studies ...". Hardly "Muslim outrage". The Daily Mail could easily have constructed another headline, given that Professor Jones also noted that "inbreeding was not confined to Muslims, and historically had occurred in every part of society, including the royal family". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392217/Muslim-outrage-professor-Steve-Jones-warns-inbreeding-risks.html
10th April 2011
"A former head of the Armed Forces has warned that plans for a mosque overlooking Sandhurst could lead to attacks on the Royal Military Academy. In a letter, Lord Guthrie says he is worried about the ësecurityí of the two 100ft minarets which will tower over the mosque, 300 yards from the Sandhurst parade ground. And he is unconvinced by promises from the mosque leaders that it will not fall into the hands of extremists who support a ëdoctrine of hateí." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1375331/Lord-Guthries-fears-plan-mosque-Sandhurst.html#ixzz1J6SIjBJi
21st March 2011
The Daily Express lead story: "SHARIA law is being used by house buyers posing as Muslims to dodge stamp duty, it was revealed yesterday." The reality is that customers of shariah-compliant products do pay stamp duty, and legislation was introduced to avoid double stamp duty arising from the nature of the financial instruments devised! Only later does the article reveal that the possibility arises if the purchaser immediately sells the property - but how many would do this as a scam when the legal fees are high and cannot be avoided? http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/235769/Islamic-law-used-to-dodge-stamp-duty-/
3rd Feb 2011
Evening Standard headline: 'MPs warned of Muslim group in Parliament' - this was in response to the appointment of a Muslim civil society group for provision of administrative support to the newly-founded All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia!
4th Jan 2011
Independent's story headline: The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith'. Sarah Morrison's largely positive and sympathetic article is marred by a crass headline. The report is based on estimates made by 'Faith Matters' - she underlines the dramatic point that there are 5000 conversions a year. Yet this is based on "a figure of 1,400 conversions in the capital in the past 12 months which, when extrapolated nationwide". As every mathematical modeller knows, the devil is in the detail - the assumptions that are made for arriving at an extrapolation. The headline 'Islamification' only served to create a sense of alarm and problematising even further an already 'suspect community'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-islamification-of-britain-record-numbers-embrace-muslim-faith-2175178.html
26th December 2010
Sunday Express headline: "EXPOSED: Secret lair of Muslim hate preachers - Network Rail-owned lock-up under one of the countryís busiest commuter lines was the secret lair where Muslim fanatics plotted their hate campaigns against democracy..." However there was no basis for describing the rented accomodation as 'secret'! In fact, it was used for meetings and classes and was known to neighbours. The Sunday Express article by Ted Jeory also plants the idea of danger to 'the busiest commuter lines'.
12th December 2010
Sunday Express headline: "Prisons - smuggled mobiles turn prisoners into radicals...Thousands of Islamic prisoners convicted of non-terror crimes are being 'turned' by an ?array of illegal films and images shown on ?mobiles smuggled through weak prison security by convicted terrorists... ". However the evidence on use of phones presented by the article related to drug cartels! http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/216922/Prisons-Smuggled-mobiles-turn-prisoners-into-radicals
4th Nov 2010
The judge sentencing Roshonara Choudhry for stabbing Stephen Timms MP made a gratuitous comparision between Christian values and those of another religion i.e. Islam. The fact that Choudhry was an aberrant personality seemed to be discounted: "ëI understand that he (Mr Timms) brings to bear his own faith, which upholds very different values from those which appear to have driven this defendant.
ëThose values are those upon which the common law of this country was founded and include respect and love for oneís neighbour, for the foreigner in the land, and for those who consider themselves enemies, all as part of oneís love of God.
These values were the basis of our system of law and justice and I trust that they will remain so as well as motivating those, like Mr Timms, who hold public office'." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1326208/Roshonara-Choudhry-knifed-MP-Stephen-Timms-smiles-gets-life.html
[The judge did not deem worthy of mention that the doctor who cared for the MP when he was brought into Emergency at the Royal London was a Dr Asif Choudhry]
20th July 2010
Daily Express story headlined 'White Britons unfairly [sic] targeted for hate crimes': "...Civitas ñ the Institute for the Study of Civil Society ñ claimed there was 'evidence of biased application of the law'. It cited the case of a Muslim man who sprayed 'Islam will dominate the world ñ Osama is on his way' and 'Kill Gordon Brown' on a war memorial in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He was prosecuted for criminal damage but not religious or race offences. The CPS argued that 'defacing the memorial did not attach to any racial or religious group'. But the report pointed out: 'If a non-Muslim had defaced a Muslim building, the system would have thrown the book at him'.î Why this conjecture on an hypothetical scenario?
8th July 2010
Harrow Observer headline "Hot meals but it may only be halal". The report by David Baker notes that Harrow schools have been invited by Harrow Council to opt into a catering scheme "which has already proved successful among other secondary schools in the borough". The report first provides a negative assessment, quoting a parent "who wished to remain anonymous" according to whom this move "unnecessarily imposes [sic] faith based practices on pupils". The more positive response from another parent is left to later in the news report. This parent said, "most children, or parents for that matter, will not be concerned how the animal has been killed, they will just care whether or not it tastes good."
30th June 2010
Phil Woolas, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Oldham East & Saddleworth in the June 2010 General Election, accused his Lib Dem opponent Elwyn Watkins of being linked to 'extremist Muslims'. A BBC report noted that a court is due to examine Woolas's statement: "Mr Watkins believes a Labour election leaflet portrayed him as courting votes from militant Muslims. The leaflet was headlined: 'Watkins accused of wooing extremist vote.' It went on to pose the question: 'Why are the extremists urging a vote for Watkins?' " http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/10468410.stm
Update 18th September 2010: "Phil Woolas, the Labour MP who is facing a court challenge to his re-election from his Lib Dem opponent Elwyn Watkins, will now have to wait until October for the court's decision, reports the BBC. The case, the first of its kind in 99 years, centres on whether Woolas made misleading comments about Watkins in campaign material, some of which suggested the Lib Dems were canvassing support from Islamic extremists. As my colleague George Eaton has already argued, it appears that Woolas's campaign was deliberately designed to whip up ethnic tensions in Oldham, a city that saw race riots less than a decade ago - something that, regardless of the court's decision, will mark it out as 'one of the most disgraceful election campaigns in recent history'. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2010/09/campaign-woolas-decision
Update 5th Nov 2010: "Today's ruling by two high court judges in a specially convened election court found that Woolas smeared the Liberal Democrat opponent, Elwyn Watkins, as someone who pandered to Muslim extremists...their most provocative piece of electioneering was an A6 election card with a photo of Muslim extremists holding up a placard reading: 'Behead those who insult Islam'. The election card read: 'Extremists are trying to hijack this election. They want you to vote Lib Dem to punish Phil for being strong on immigration Ö Will you stand by Phil?' The extremists pictured were from a tiny demonstration held in London some four years previously ñ they had nothing to do with Oldham..." http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/05/phil-woolas-court-ruling
THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK
23rd June 2011
"EDL leader Tommy Robinson told the News he expects up to 400 people will attend the march against plans for a new £13 million mosque in Mill Road to replace the one in Mawson Road, which has space for just 500 of the cityís 4,000 Muslims.
He said: 'We are against the building of this mosque which will be the biggest in East Anglia and we have had a lot of people in Cambridge contacting us who are worried about it. We are against the building of all mosques because they preach homophobia and anti-Semitism which we should not tolerate in this country'." http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/400-will-march-against-new-Cambridge-mosque-claims-EDL-21062011.htm
28th April 2011
Leo McKinstry's hyperbole:"Dressing up its cowardice as tolerance and its appeasement as liberalism, the political establishment has failed to tackle the Muslim extremists in our midst. As a result, jihadism has flourished in our society, its growth further fuelled by the wilful collapse of our borders, the destructive ideology of multi-culturalism, the sprawling welfare system and the fashionable doctrine of human rights which protects the zealots rather than the public...." http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/243337/We-always-warned-Britain-is-breeding-ground-for-terror
13th Jan 2011
Leo Mckinstry in the Daily Express links criminality to faith: "But the sheer scale of the problem [following sentencing of two Pakistanis for vice crimes] means that the establishment can no longer keep it a dirty secret. It is absurd to pretend that this has nothing to do with Islam. Only the politically blinkered refuse to see that Muslim culture promotes aggressive misogyny against women, who are often treated as little more than chattels. Muslim menís attitude towards women outside the faith can be even more contemptuous since they are regarded as infidels devoid of any morality." http://www.express.co.uk/ourcomments/view/222151
19th December 2010: Sunday Express headline: "Why are 36% of our universities training Muslim terrorists?". To substantiate this, reporter James Murray cites "M15 chiefs have already warned 39 universities that they have a serious problem with Islamic ëëviolent extremismî. So an unsubstantiable 'warning' becomes a matter of fact [small point - if there are 133 universities, this does not make 39%. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/218274/Why-are-36-of-our-universities-training-Muslim-terrorists-
27th October 2010
Julie Birchill in the Independent: "Of course, there is one religion which proscribes its followers under threat of death from rejecting it, and that is Islam. Which just happens to be the one that Lauren Booth (born a Catholic called Sarah) has opted for.....A failed actress, a mediocre hack, it's pretty fair to say we would never have heard of her had her half-sister not married a man who became Prime Minister. And now her meal-ticket is Mohammed...Maybe like a lot of Western cowards, she thinks that if she sucks up to Islamism hard enough she will be spared its rage...What sort of woman freely converts to a religion which supports the oppression, torment and murder of thousands of Christians, homosexuals and spirited women, worldwide, every year? http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/julie-burchill/julie-burchill-poor-lauren-booth-ndash-she-would-do-anything-to-get-in-with-the-tough-kids-2117219.html
19th September 2010
The Mail on Sunday headline: "Britain goes Halal (but nobody tells the public)": ...some of Britain's most revered [sic] institutions are serving up halal meat to diners - without their knowledge....all the beef, chicken and lamb sold to fans at Wembley has secretly [sic] been prepared in accordance with sharia law...animal welfare compaingners have long called for a ban on the traditional Islamic way of preparing meat...we don't permit stoning or polygamy on grounds of religion, say angry animal rights protestors...so why should we allow this?".
This report by Simon McGee and Martin Delgado does not mention two aspects: firstly caterers are acting on grounds of cost-effectiveness rather than preference for halal meat - given that 25% of the lamb is consumed by Muslims; secondly Muslims have never asked for non-Muslims to consume halal meat!
18th September 2010
Daily Express headline: "Muslims plot to kill Pope". The report's opening paragraph read, "Islamic terrorists designed as street cleaners allegedly hatched an audacious plot to blow up the Pope...the threatened attack was foiled at the elevent hour..."
Of course the Daily Express did not feature with equal prominence the release of the arrested men later the next day!
30th July 2010
Daily Express headline: "NHS pays for Muslim virginity operations". The article states that "AN INCREASING number [capital letters used by the Express] of Muslim brides are having controversial pre-marriage 'virginity repair' operations". The notes that "Taxpayers funded 116 hymen replacements on the NHS between 2005 and 2009, official figures revealed...It means the taxpayer has forked out [sic] up to £400,000 over the four years to fund the half-hour operation." The inference is that Muslims are placing an unreasonable demand on 'taxpayers' - there is no recognition that Muslims themselves are also taxpayers. The article concludes with the finding: "The NHS says it does the operation only for 'clinical need'." So if there are medical reasons, why the fuss? http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/190036/NHS-pays-for-Muslim-virginity-operations
19th July 2010
Daily Mail headline: 'Muslim bus drivers refuse to let guide dogs on board'. Later the story explains that it was children on the bus who were frightened - 'Mr Herridge, who lives with wife Janet, 69, in Tilehurst, Reading, said that on the first occasion two years ago, he got off at the request of a Muslim driver because some Muslim children on board were 'screaming' because of the dog." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1295749/Muslim-bus-drivers-refuse-let-guide-dogs-board.html
18th July 2010
Rod Liddle in the Spectator: "Must admit Iím thoroughly enjoying the governmentís fury that decent, white, Christian, blind people keep getting chucked off buses because Muslims object to them. Apparently there is something in the Koran warning that if you brush up against a blind person, or get his saliva on your hand, it is haram ñ which means no virgins for you, matey..." http://www.spectator.co.uk/rodliddle/6152068/not-on-my-bus.thtml
6th July 2010
Daily Express Front Page Headline: "MUSLIMS FORCE POOL COVER-UP - Windows frosted to protect modesty of just a few swimmers".
The article used words and expressions like "the bizarre council diktat is the latest example of bureaucrats taking an extreme decision to avoid upsetting a minority group"; "Residents are outraged"; "Regular users of the pool are furious"; "It seems they are not bothered about what we find offensive, as long as the Muslim community is kept happy". Only further down the article does the reader learn:"A spokeswoman for Walsall Council said the complaints had come mostly from the Muslim community but non-Muslim women had also objected". The Daily Express included a telephone poll: Should Muslims get special treatment? http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/185172
THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE
9th June 2011
Report: "Yet, this morning was different as the letter, which was addressed to the Imam this time, was nothing but an offensive drawing on the religion of Islam and some offensive words about the Prophet Mohammed. What was horrible though is that there was a very strange white powder on the letter in a considerable amount. Unable to know the nature of that powder which could have been anything, the staff contacted the police who evacuated the Mosque and put the two members of staff who came in contact with the powder under observation in case any health complications or symptoms appear on them. Ambulance and police cars surrounded the scene and the whole Muslim community in Islington were terrified; the road around the Mosque was blocked and people were very worried. From around 12:30 at noon till around 4:00 PM the mosque went through a very difficult time until the special police forces that analysed the powder discovered that it is not dangerous. "
21st April 2011
Vandals have attacked 20 Muslim graves at a cemetery in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Headstones were pushed over and ornaments from the graves strewn around the cemetery in Hampden Road.
The graves were vandalised between 2100 BST on Wednesday and 0800 BST on Thursday. Thames Valley Police said it took the incident extremely seriously and was supporting families and the community as well as hunting the vandals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-13169073
Further report by Hugh Muir in The Guardian on te 25th March attack on the Redbridge Islamic Centre: "The first thing Abdul Wahab heard, he says, was the shouting. 'Muslim bastards; Paki bastards.' Unpleasant enough in the street. But no one expects to hear such things in a mosque.
25th March 2011
Redbridge Islamic Centre attacked. The Ilford News subsequently reported "Six people appeared at Redbridge Court on Saturday charged with violent disorder. Matthew Stephenson, 19, of no fixed address, Daniel Leal, 19, of no fixed address, Rockylee Beale, 19, of Wood Green, Essex and a 15-year-old boy have been bailed. Elliot Jones, 19, of no fixed address and Ryan Jones, 22, of Ilford, have been remanded in custody. They will all appear again at Redbridge Magistratesí Court this morning." http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/news/six_due_in_court_today_over_redbridge_mosque_attack_1_848514
5th Feb 2011
"[EDL] Activists, some wearing balaclavas and others waving English flags, chanted 'Muslim bombers off our streets" and "Allah, Allah, who the **** is Allah". EDL supporters from Newcastle, Scotland, London, West Yorkshire and Sheffield joined Luton-based supporters. There were also flags representing German, Dutch and Swedish Defence Leagues." http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/feb/05/david-cameron-speech-criticised-edl
3rd December 2010
"Three people have been arrested and released on bail by police investigating an arson attack on a Stoke-on-Trent mosque on December 3." http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=4974
Update 9th Dec 2011: "Two men have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of deliberately setting fire to a Stoke-on-Trent mosque.
Ex-soldier Simon Beech, 23, and Garreth Foster, 29, both from Stoke, were found guilty ... The pair had denied committing arson with intent to endanger life. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard it was in revenge for Muslim extremists burning poppies on Armistice Day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-16098897
25th November 2010
"A 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English-language version of the Qur'an ñ and then posting video footage of the act on Facebook. The teenager, from the Sandwell district of Birmingham, was filmed on her school premises burning the book." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/25/girl-arrested-allegedly-burning-quran
13th November 2010
"An imam in Portsmouth has said he is saddened his mosque has been targeted twice in two days after remembrance poppies were burnt in London.
A poppy was painted on the front of the Jami mosque, on Victoria Road North in Southsea, on Friday and on Saturday 100 people staged a demonstration outside." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-11751268
20th September 2010
"Twenty-one grave stones have been damaged in a section of a Leeds cemetery used by Muslims. West Yorkshire Police is appealing for information after plaques and headstones on some of the graves at the city's Harehills Cemetery were damaged." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-11377917
18th September 2010
"Racists have been blamed for firebombing a car and scrawling a Nazi swastika on a Burnley shop as the elderly Asian Muslim owner slept upstairs, in the early hours of September 18."
Muslim News, 29th October 2010, p.15
1st September 2010
The Muslim News reports (24th Sept 2010): "A drunk Worcester manwho unleashed a tirade of racial abuse at Asian workers ...was arrested on June 27...On September 1, Worcester Magistrates Court heard how 20-year old Miller ...punched the cab demainding driver Muhammed Rizwan 'get ot' and face him."
11th August 2010
"A FAMILY told today how they are living in fear of a gang of young racist thugs who have been laying siege to their home for months. Abdur Rahim, 32, and his heavily-pregnant wife Nazama, who are originally from Bangladesh, have suffered a campaign of vandalism and harassment since the beginning of the year. The gang throws stones, smashes windows and vandalises taxi driver Mr Rahim's car outside his Broomhouse home. In one of the latest incidents at the weekend, a stone crashed right through the window, leaving a golf ball-sized hole..." http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Terrified-family-tormented-by-vandals39.6468316.jp
23rd July 2010
"Two Muslim women have claimed they were refused a bus ride because one had her face covered by a veil. The students, both 22 and from Slough, Berkshire, boarded a Metroline bus from Russell Square to Paddington, London. But they said when they presented their tickets on Tuesday, the driver told them they were a 'threat' to passengers and ordered them off the bus." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-10728912
23rd July 2010
"The Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) condemns the Islamophobic attack on the North London Central Mosque on Monday 19th July 2010 by two men who stuck a pig's head on the Mosque gates...Fatima Khan, Vice Chair and lead on the Islamophobia workstream for the MSF stated, ìthis latest attack of sticking a pigís head on the gates of the mosque and taking photos of the crime shows a new found confidence amongst these criminals."