"May we ask no questions about Islam, its theology, history, and current relationship with politics, not least of which is terrorism?" Front Page Magazine objects to a United Nations seminar on Islamophobia.
See Alexander H. Joffe, 'Islamophobia's Big Day at the UN'
Tariq Ramadan, the leading Muslim academic, has resigned his
professorship at an American university after authorities refused to
give him a visa.
Polly Curtis in Education Guardian, 17 December 2004
"... one of the symptoms of the chronic immigration syndrome is that the intelligentsia of the host-country refuses to discuss, or even permit discussion, of its long-term consequences. Instead there is much witless, liberal maundering about the unassailable virtues of a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-ethos society.
"Well, my little liberal friends, it hasn't turned out like that. Opinion polls show that 11 per cent of Britain's two million Muslims approved of the attacks of 9/11, and 40 per cent support Osama Bin Laden. Nearly 1,200 British Muslims have been trained in terror camps in Afghanistan; three British Muslims have become suicide bombers. British police are – finally – investigating 122 possible 'honour killings' of women in immigrant communities."
Kevin Myers in the Sunday Telegraph, 19 December 2004
"Perhaps Ridley should consider the possibility that some of those 'glaring passengers' might have lost relatives to the terrorist organisations whose fashion sense she shares."
Letter writers to the Observer give their opinions on Yvonne Ridley's article recounting the prejudice she experienced as a result of wearing the Islamic headscarf.
For Ridley's original article, see here
A leading Islamic spokes man has urged Muslims in Scotland to use their vote "like a weapon" and support the SNP in the forthcoming general elections. Dr Azzam Tamimi, director of The Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT), told a conference in Glasgow yesterday that it would be a sin against Islam to vote for a pro-war candidate. He said the SNP was the best party in Scotland to represent Muslim interests and that its line on Iraq, Palestine and on the war on terror was the most acceptable of all the major Scottish parties.
A new nation-wide poll showed that a major section of American society believes fellow Muslim citizens pose a national threat and supports curbing Muslims' civil rights and monitoring their places of worship.
The survey, conducted by the Cornell University and posted on its Web site, found that at least 44 percent of the respondents believed that American Muslims "are a threat and their civil liberties should be curtailed" by the authorities.
"Ramadan's exclusion marks a signal victory for the effort to keep the enemy out of the United States, for few in the Islamist ranks will deploy the highly respectable and high-powered support that Ramadan has enjoyed. If this man can be kept out, then anyone can be."
'Social Discrimination: Across the Muslim Divide' – A report by Saied R. Ameli, Manzur Elahi, and Arzu Merali for the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
The report is the second in the series British Muslims' Expectations of the Government. It aims to chart the key areas of concern for Muslims and what they as participants in the social order expect the government's engagement with them to be. The report looks at the nature and extent of general discrimination experienced by Muslims in their day to day life. Following the event of 9/11 there has been sudden upsurge of negative behaviour towards Muslims in Britain. In an attempt to find out the causes and the extent of general discrimination it employs theories of social psychology and communication; at the empirical level it employs both the results of a nationwide survey of nearly 1200 Muslims, qualitative answers of 40 Muslims and a number of case studies.
Islamic Human Rights Commission press release, 16 December 2004
It will be said, and it is true, that the MAB does not represent moderate Muslims. But one has to wonder, different though their tone undoubtedly is and personally decent though most of them clearly are, whether moderate Muslims really disagree with the extremist doctrines. I have not been able, for example, to get the MCB (the main moderate organisation) unequivocally to condemn the killing or kidnapping of British soldiers in Iraq.