Skip to comments.Islamophobia group relaunched
Posted on 11/26/2011 9:10:41 AM PST by bayouranger
A parliamentary group to tackle Islamophobia has been re-launched at Westminster, with the support of MPs from across the political divide. The group originally sparked controversy after it was revealed that an anti-Zionist organisation was to act as its secretariat.
The newly reformed All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia was set up last week and will begin work immediately on an inquiry into the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice in Britain today.
The APPG will be co-chaired by Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes; Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Perry Barr, Birmingham; and Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, Leeds.
MPs voted by 60-2 in July to drop the organisation iEngage from providing administrative support to the group. The Community Security Trust has described the group as having a "troubling attitude to antisemitism".
The vote followed the resignations of founder co-chairs Lord Janner and Conservative MP Kris Hopkins in February.
A report into the APPG by Chris Allen, an expert in Islamophobia from Birmingham University, was highly critical. He wrote: "Since its launch in November 2010, the APPG on Islamophobia has been little more than a sideshow: an unhelpful, unwanted and unnecessary distraction from giving Islamophobia the rightful, timely and necessary attention it so desperately needs.
"There can be no doubt whatsoever that the credibility of the APPG has been damaged."
It is hoped that the new group will be able to draw a line under the i-Engage controversy and make a fresh start.
Mr Mahmood, who has always taken a strong line against Islamic radicals, said: "The reforming of the Islamophobia group is a vital step forward in combating this insidious and increasing form of prejudice.
"I look forward to working with colleagues from across the political spectrum, in developing a dialogue that addresses both the causes and potential solutions of Islamophobia in all its forms."
Former Home Secretary Jack Straw urged MPs, at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party last week, to back the new group, though he blamed the collapse of the original APPG on a "campaign" by the JC.
The JC first broke the story about the problems with the APPG in February, after the resignation of Lord Janner and Kris Hopkins and has regularly returned to the subject. Mr Straw was unavailable for comment.
Editor Stephen Pollard - who said he was proud of the role the JC had played in the removal of the iEngage secretariat - added: "The JC has always supported the principle of setting up an APPG on Islamophobia and will follow the work of the reformed group with interest."
Finding a common language and dialogue right up to the time when they lop off your head. Chamberlanitus I presume
For or against, because, y’know, talk about your 99%...
If the muzzies would behave themselves none of this would be necessary.
Liberals spending tax dollars trying to convince people that what is so, isn’t so. They deserve no respect.
I am afraid muslims want to kill us.
Can I join the club?
We’re doing the same thing with “free trade”.
Exactly the same.
So when the muzzies say that they’re going to kill the infidel, this group is there to tell the Brits “they don’t really mean it”?
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.
You let them in — this is what you get.
Pure trouble, without exception.
Why is it the British first instinct to appease their enemy?
If group really is out to do you unmeasurable harm the it’s not a phobia to fear them. Read a Koran.
The muzzies know that if you put a frog in hot water, he will jump right out, but if you put a frog in cold water and then heat it up gradually, the frog will happily say there and cook, it apears that the brits don’t, and my guess, that apply to most people here to
How about a “study group” to explore and combat Muslim hatred for all things (except The Dole) British?
The fear of being labeled is supposed to discourage supporters of conservative norms from defending their beliefs.
If you support national sovereignty and Judeo-Christian values, you must be doing so out of “fear” rather than conviction to a firm set of values.
Letting Islam trample our culture and religious freedoms, such that ours are banned from public view, while they blast the “call to prayer” across our cities 5 times a day, is destructive nonsense that must NOT prevail!
Let me know when they find a cure for Islamophilia...
I wonder if these liberals will “examine the root causes” of “islamophobia” the way they used to tell us we had to “examine the root causes” of poverty among certain groups.
“””””Ushering in Chrislam””””””....... Look it up, much on Google about it.
Yeah, I forgot how the muzzies play up their “Mahdi” as coming back WITH Christ to bring justice and peace to the Earth.
And there are those who profess to be Christians who swallow that crap.
That is the sad part, go along to get along. Many of the elite will be swayed, it is happening now it seems. Afraid to take a stand. All we can do is try to educate, but alas.