Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has appointed a Muslim woman as his new human rights advisor, a decision welcomed by the sizable Muslim community in Britain.
Christian evangelical pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot have been found guilty of condoning and promoting racist and vilifying remarks against Islam and the Muslim community. They were convicted in the Australian state of Victoria under a law against inciting religious hatred.
Scot told a seminar in 2002 that the "Muslims' Qur'an is promoting violence, killing and looting and that Muslims were liars and demons". He further claimed that Muslims are drawing up a plan of violence and terror to overrun the western democracies, warning that Australia would be turned into an Islamic nation over the increasing numbers of Muslims in the European country
Nalliah wrote that Muslim refugees were being granted visas to Australia while Christians who suffer persecution in Islamic nations were refused refugee visas. He also referred to the high birth rate among Muslims in Australia at a time the birth rate in general was dropping.
The struggle is no longer against religion, but within it
"For the left not to have stood with Muslims would have been a real betrayal. But for showing solidarity and working with Muslim organisations – whether in the anti-war movement or in campaigns against Islamophobia – leftwing groups and politicians such as the London mayor, Ken Livingstone, are now routinely damned by liberal secularists (many of whom have been keen supporters of the war in Iraq) for 'betraying the enlightenment' and making common cause with 'Islamofascists', homophobes and misogynists."
Seumas Milne writing in The Guardian, 16 December 2004
Police have arrested a neo-Nazi gang which had carried out attacks on mosques and businesses owned by Muslims.
The group, called The Black Front, was said to espouse Nazi philosophy. The group carried out attacks on mosques, businesses owned by Muslims and other people whose ideologies were opposed to their own.
Addressing the European Social Forum in London on 16 October, Salma Yaqoob gave a brilliant speech in defence of the democratic right to wear the hijab. A transcript can be read here on the website of the National Assembly Against Racism.
Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain replies to Charles Moore, in defence of the proposed law banning incitement to religious hatred.
Over at Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer is not impressed: "What this law does is make Muslims a protected class, beyond criticism, precisely at the moment when Britain needs to examine, honestly and thoughtfully, the implications of having admitted into the country a large number of people with greater allegiance to the Sharia than to the present British state. The long night for Britain is just beginning."
The leader of the British National party was arrested yesterday over remarks he made about Islam in an undercover documentary which exposed racism in his party. After his release he claimed that the arrest was "an electoral scam to get the Muslim block vote back to the Labour party".
The BNP is confident a prosecution of Mr Griffin will founder because the offence of incitement to racial hatred does not cover multi-ethnic faith groups. The government is proposing a bill which will close this loophole.
Racists have launched a vicious hate campaign in Swansea to protest against the opening of a new mosque. Thousands of leaflets have been pushed through letter boxes in the Sandfields area of the city to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment, it is claimed.
Police have arrested the leader of the far-right British National Party after he was secretly filmed calling Islam "a wicked, vicious faith".