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Conservatives must not empower the hardliners with a needless inquiry into Islamophobia

Conservatives must not empower the hardliners with a needless inquiry into Islamophobia

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
19/06/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

The real problem is the concerted effort to create a one-religion blasphemy law for Islam.

The device campaigners are using is a new definition of Islamophobia, produced by the British Muslims all-party group of MPs. There are many issues with this definition, not least that it has been influenced by MEND, a Muslim campaigning group accused of promoting extremism. According to Sir John Jenkins, who reviewed the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain, MEND has “exerted an important intellectual influence” on the definition.

MEND is an organisation that worries the police and security services. According to Mak Chishty, a former Metropolitan Police Commander, if we do not confront it, “we risk having our safety and security threatened”. In a past life, MEND was called iEngage, and with that name lost its role supporting the all-party group on Islamophobia following allegations of extremism. But it was not just iEngage that changed its name and carried on. The Islamophobia all-party group of MPs was wound up in 2017, and replaced by the British Muslims group that is promoting the new definition.