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New Islamophobia definition could be 'bully's charter,' warns former equalities chief

New Islamophobia definition could be 'bully's charter,' warns former equalities chief

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
20/06/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Aproposed new definition of Islamophobia could be used as a “bully’s charter” by Muslims to silence critics and promote intolerant views, a former equalities chief has warned. Trevor Phillips, who chaired the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (ECHR), also claimed the row over Boris Johnson’s comments on Muslims was “pure dirty politics” and was being used to “get” the Tory leadership frontrunner to scupper his ambitions.

The new definition of Islamophobia, which could, in effect, make it racist to criticise Islam or “Muslimness,” was put forward by an all-party group last year and has been backed by Labour, the LibDems, the SNP, London mayor Sadiq Khan and some local councils.