UK ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ is a Muslim
Maajid Nawaz, above, a former activist in the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, was named a ‘UK Islamophobe of the Year’ at the weekend by a lunatic Muslim organisation, the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Nawaz, who was chosen to fight the marginal parliamentary seat of Hampstead and Kilburn for the Liberal Democrats in the upcoming 2015 General Election, renounced his past and called for a “secular Islam” eight years ago, helping to set up the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank.
Nawaz, described by the IHRC as a “poster boy of Islamophobes, regularly appearing in the media to demonise Muslim organisations”, shared the award with Home Secretary Theresa May who:
Beat her ex-cabinet Tory Party colleague Michael Gove to the prize [because she] has been a driving force behind the introduction of yet more repressive legislation targeting the Muslim community.
Shockingly, an “International Islamophobia” award was also given by the IHRC to the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Even more appalling was the fact that, this year, the award scheme was endorsed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
Under the headline “A new low: Charlie Hebdo’s murdered staff receive an ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award”, Douglas Murray of the Spectator wrote:
I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this fantasy prize for a fantasy concept is run by a British Khomeinist organisation laughably named the ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’. The nominees include anybody opposed to the agenda of Islamic extremists, including Muslims.
Of course each year, whilst laughing at it, those of us who are regular nominees also regard it as being to our great good fortune that the IHRC is a British charity operating in the United Kingdom rather than an Islamic charity operating in an Islamic country. If the latter were the case then rather than laughing at the IHRC every year, those of us who it annually attacks would be hanging from cranes.
Referring to the award to Nawaz’s award, he wrote:
The IHRC and their supporters seem to have much in common with fundamentalist and extremist Muslims, in that both are deeply irritated by the few brave Muslims like Nawaz. Indeed they hate him even more than they hate people like me.
Turning to the Charlie Hebdo award, Murray said:
Only two months ago another group of people who thought Charlie Hebdo is ‘Islamophobic’ went into the magazine’s offices and gunned down their journalists and cartoonists. This is the way the pattern works now – the Islamic terrorists break through the front door with Kalashnikovs and then a whole network of fellow travellers try to sneak in through the back door and explain why the cartoonists and journalists might have had it coming.
Of course the IHRC and their supporters like to pretend that Muslims in Europe are being ‘otherised’ in the manner of Jews in Nazi Germany. But nothing could be further from the truth. Not just because it was concentration camps rather than ‘othering’ which was the main issue in Germany in the middle of the last century. But also because Muslims in Europe enjoy full equal rights – far more so than in any Islamic country in the world today or ever. If there are any negative feelings towards elements of the Muslim community it is towards the extremists.
And why shouldn’t people hate those who blow up trains and buses, crash planes into buildings, shoot at free speech seminars and synagogues and target Christians, Hindus, Jews and liberal Muslims around the world? If that ire does end up being more widely and less discerningly directed then it will be precisely because a growing number of non-Muslims begin to notice that Muslim communities seem capable not only of producing the sort of people willing to slaughter journalists and cartoonists but also of then providing a multitude of pseudo-moderate organisations which compare the victims of Islamist violence – rather than the perpetrators – to Nazis.
I hope the IHRC and their supporters had an amusing time at their awards ceremony at the weekend, laughing as they smeared and mocked dead journalists. To my mind it provides a good reminder of what the civilised world is up against, abroad and at home.