Islamaphobia was described as “the new racism” at a packed conference designed to combat the issue in Bradford last night.Apart from the tricky little problem of it being a religion, not a race, I suppose?
Strangely enough, it's not our old pals 'Tell MAMA' driving this:
More than 100 people gathered at the Karmand Community Centre, in Barkerend, to hear a range of speakers at the Islamophobia Causes and Cures event, organised by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND).
It’s CEO, Sufyan Ismail, said the rise in Islamophobia could be attributed to three factors – biased representation in the media, a lack of legislation for crimes based on religious as opposed to racial hatred, and a lack of participation by Muslims themselves.He sounds like just the same sort of wretched taqiyya merchant, mind you:
Mr Ismail said that nationally, there had been a 300 per cent increase in Islamophobic attacks since the Paris terrorist attacks earlier this month.Yes, yes. Clearly, you're the real victims, eh?
Dale Barton, priest-in-charge at two churches in the Barkerend area – St Clement’s and St Augustine’s – contacted the Telegraph & Argus last night to say that while representatives from the churches were invited to the event, they were not invited to speak, and so declined the offer so as not to be a “silent witness to a monologue.”Wise choice.