"The religious bigots are at it again, and this time it's closer to home. Iqbal Sacranie, leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, recently wrote to Charles Kennedy threatening to withdraw Muslim votes from the Liberal Democrats unless the party drops its opposition to the incitement to religious hatred law.... I sincerely hope that Charles Kennedy continues to back Evan Harris and that he has the balls to tell Mr. Sacranie where he can shove his Muslim votes."
"It is unfortunate that the only people saying things like this are Jean-Marie Le Pen ..."
Robert Spencer comments on Le Pen's warning against "the day in France when we have 25 million Muslims, not five million".
The French hijab ban, now in place for almost a year, has both veiled the country's social problems and unveiled its racism, Naima Bouteldja argues.
'The reality of l'affaire du foulard', Guardian, 25 February 2005
Nadir Remli is a British national facing extradition to Algeria from Italy. On the 22nd February 2005, Nadir went on a holiday to Italy with his 11 year old son. He was arrested on arrival at Milan airport.
Islamic Human Rights Commission press release 23 February 2005
"I would like to say that the proposed legislation in France banning conspicuous religious symbols in state schools and institutions is essential and an important step forward in the defence of secularism and women's and children's rights, but it is not enough. We have to go further."
Azar Majedi of the Worker Communist Party of Iran advocates state repression of religion.
"One does not have to be a Le Pen fan to acknowledge that his views, however crudely expressed, represent an important outlook in the national debate over immigration and Islam. Le Pen should be able to state them without fear of getting in trouble with the law."
Daniel Pipes defends Jean-Marie Le Pen's right to incite racial hatred.
"It is not a question of race for us now, but of radical Islam and terrorism."
British National Party leader Nick Griffin, in an interview with the London listings magazine Time Out, expounding the BNP's new tactic of promoting their racist propaganda in the form of Islamophobia.
The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) strongly opposes the plans Home Secretary Charles Clarke intends to announce today to place certain individuals suspected of terrorism under house arrest. The measures are aimed at saving the face of the government and delivering it out of a predicament caused by illegally detaining suspects without trial for prolonged periods of time. MAB believes that those suspected of offences should be brought before a court of law.
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson drew criticism Friday from Arab-Americans for describing Islam as a violent religion that wants to "dominate and then, if need be, destroy." Robertson made the comment Thursday on his "700 Club" television program after watching a segment about Muslims' views on terrorism. Co-host Lee Webb asked Robertson why he thought Muslim immigrants would want to live in the United States "if they have such contempt for our foreign policy." Robertson replied: "Well, as missionaries possibly to spread the doctrine of Islam." He went on to say that Islam "is not a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can control, dominate and then, if need be, destroy."