‘Islamophobia’ Silencing Muslims?

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In the wake of the incident of the “Allahu akbar”-shouting Olympic torch-snatcher in London, the headline on a July 8 article in the Guardian by a British Muslim journalist named Mehdi Hasan may seem, shall we say, a mite ironic: “We mustn’t allow Muslims in public life to be silenced.”  The piece was a bid for pity.  “Have you ever been called an Islamist?” it began.  “How about a jihadist or a terrorist? Extremist, maybe? Welcome to my world….Every morning, I take a deep breath and then go online to discover what new insult or smear has been thrown in my direction….the abuse is as relentless as it is vicious.”  Hasan’s claim is that this “abuse” – mostly by readers commenting online on his articles – is evidence of “Islamophobia” and is part and parcel of a widespread, insidious attempt to suppress the voices of Muslims in the public square.

Hasan says that he has been targeted throughout his career in journalism by this repulsive effort to silence Muslim voices.  “On joining the New Statesman in 2009 [as political editor], I was promptly subjected to an online smear campaign….Three years later, as I leave the New Statesman to join the Huffington Post UK [as political director], little seems to have changed.”  If anything emerges clearly from Hasan’s plaint, it’s that if anyone’s trying to silence him, it sure ain’t working. Au contraire – this guy’s journalistic career is thriving.  Though he’s leaving the New Statesman as editor, he’ll remain in its pages as a weekly columnist.  He’s been a welcome regular contributor to the Guardian for some time nowHe appears frequently on the popular political talk shows Newsnight and Question Time.  And he’s just been given his own series on – where else? – Al Jazeera.  In short, despite the supposed campaign to “silence” him and other Muslims, Hasan has held top positions at some of the top media organizations in Britain – few (probably none) of which would ever dream of hiring anyone remotely critical of his religion.

One reason for all the vitriol directed at him, Hasan insists, is that “Islamophobes” have misrepresented his views and twisted his words.  But the evidence is out there, and the facts are plain – and damning.  In a 2009 talk to a group of his fellow Muslims, Hasan disparaged non-Muslims as “animals, bending any rule to fulfill any desire.”  In another 2009 talk to a similar audience, he called atheists “cattle” and “people of no intelligence.”  Last November, in an essay for the Guardian, he turned the truth about Iran’s nuclear ambitions on its head, defending that country’s desire for an H-bomb by depicting Israel as an aggressor out to destroy Iran and representing Iranians as consequently, and understandably, “fearful, nervous, defensive.”  As for Hasan’s contributions to The New Statesman, Douglas Murray summed them up in 2009 with the wry observation that “Hasan appears to be doing everything he can to chase any non-Muslim readers away from [The New Statesman]….[he] has a dim view of the worth of us non-Muslims.”

None of these facts, however, kept Hasan’s fellow Guardianistas from taking his side against the evil Islamophobes. In a July 10 piece, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland offered as proof of the validity of Hasan’s lament the “vile” reader comments on the lament itself.  Among the comments Freedland considered “vile” were those “branding Islam backward or denouncing its beliefs and practices as ‘odious,’ and culminating in an ultimatum by which Islam’s, and therefore Muslims’, place in Britain was deemed conditional on adaptation to suit the critics’ tastes: ‘If Islam is to be truly accepted as part of British society it must embrace science. It must embrace rationality, sexuality and reason.’”  Freedland lambasted all this as “racism.”  In Freedland’s eyes, indeed, even the critics of Islam who, as he put it, “dress up in progressive, Guardian-friendly garb – slamming Islam as oppressive of gay and women’s rights, for example,” are, deep down, nothing but racists: “the thick layer of bigotry is visible all the same.”

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  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Hasan doesn't have to prove anything in today's world. Islamophobia has just been redefined as "cultural racism" (see Wikipedia). Consequently any criticism of Islam or its 1400 year old tradition is dismissed a priori as racist. He merely has to mention that he's Muslim and his victim status is secure. The world is going insane.

  • Willy Rho

    Just watch the Muerduerers. Evil is as Evil does. Lop off a head for All ahhhh and Muhamsandwich. Raaapel a single woman by herself. Muerduer your sister of daughter or mother for that dreaded Honary Muerduer Ideal. Six Century Barbaric Religion. Is a pox on all of humanity and I hope the Israeli's 600 nukes lands on all of Obozo's precious Moo Slim States.

  • aspacia

    Face facts; liberals are terrified of Muslim violence and are already dhimmi.

  • Marty

    All of this must mean that those of us who are non-muslims should refrain from referrring to islam as a death cult that sanctions and advocates pedophilia, abuse of women, the slaughter of christians and Jews as well as Hindus, and any reference to muhamad as a thief, plagiarist, and genocidal sociopath. Oops.

  • Cuban Pete

    Mr. Hasan must understand that a knee-jerk reaction will occur when you see innocent human being blown up, dismembered, stoned, burned alive, and discriminated all in the name of islam. Furthermore, Mr. Hasan conviniently ignores the well-documented fact that it is islam intself that cannot co-exist with any other group – whether Hindu, Christian, Budhist, Anamist, atheist, etc. Wherever islam comes into contact with another belief/culture/value a clash is soon to occur. Seems to my humble self that the problem is islam, and not everyone else.

    So I would recommend to Mr. Hasan to kindly remove himself from any further contacts and/or habitation in non-muslim countries and place his new place of abode in majority-muslim nations.

    Good riddance to you Mr. Hasan, don't let the door hit you in the rear on your way out of civilization.

  • Ronald Johnston

    This an example of what is going to happen to us in this country if we don't get rid of islam. It is an evil ideology, not a religion, practiced by osama obama and all his evil helpers!!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    More often than not,Muslims have screamed for the deaths of Americans. And they continue to wonder why many of us have such a negative view of their religion? Their own words and actions cause that view and they do NOTHING to change that perception.

  • weroinnm

    Do Muslims need to look in the mirror? http://weroinnm.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/do-musli
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • Katharina

    The Guardian has become a joke, so do the "allahuakbar – allah is the greatest" jihadist-shouting loving CNN, BBC & Sky news – when reporting on the is Saudi Arabia/Qatar royals -sponsored Jew/Christian/women/girls-hating Nazi Muslim Brotherhood jihadists to Arabicize absolutely and rob the oil-rich non-Arabic Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and in the future, Syria and Lebanon! And free speech only applied to Muslims to hate Christian/Jews/women/girls – but when Westerners hate Islam, it's called hate speech – even when Islam is an ideology nor Muslims are a 'race' as Christians are not too. But Jews have always been a race since ancient times as proven in the Bible for example. Thus is why, free speech need to be guarded in the West especially against savage and brutal ideology like Islam!


    Half of the Quoran (Koran) will have to be eliminated and all vestiges crushed for any chance of civilization influence on Islam. Many muslims live a double life. Knowing that western civiliation is far superior yet going to mosk and worshiping a 1400 year old mistake. Both Christians and Jews have desparately worked out modern interpretations of "difficult" passages in our holy books. Much of the Koran and the Haditha require that all followers of the "Prophet" revere him as the most perfect man EVER and that all things said by God to the Angel Gabriel for the ear of Mohammad are perfect words for the perfect man to instruct his followers in the perfect ways for the perfect lives. There are contradictions, however, in those words whispered by Gods special Angel Gabriel into the ear of this most perfect man, Mohammad. First, the words said love. Later the words said kill (hate). Did
    God just change his mind? Does God not know right and wrong. Was there a mistake? Did God make an error? Did the Angel Gabriel goof? Was the most perfect man wrong in the first or was it the second (contradicting)interpretation of the message from God through Gabriel.

  • Victor Mc

    Please just click onto this website to tell you all you need to know about Islam….it's their body count. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

  • johan

    I have a question for Mehdi Hasan. Think for a second, if I was to build a Catholic church in Marocco I am sure as I am writing here that fefore I tried to lay the first brick my head would be shopped off.

  • LibertyPhile

    Most Guardian readers took a very dim view of what Freedland had to say (and Hasan as well) and it looks as if someone tried to fiddle the numbers on reader feedback.

    See here “Bad language, racism and dodgy votes at the Guardian” http://thelibertyphile.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/bad

  • weroinnm

    The Vetting: ‘Obama, Radical Islam and the Soros Connection’! http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • Social Freako

    Hey, just know that there are thousands of people out there that support Islam and are against Islamophobia. You’re not alone. Stay Strong <3