A New Pessimism For Tackling Islamophobia Accompanies Boris Johnson’s New Conservative Government

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“Well, course, I’m sorry. And I’m sorry when, you know, people do or say things that are wrong”

“It will specifically look into Islamophobia in my party. And it will, by definition, also have to look at other stuff as well, because you can’t always unpick this”

“Islamophobia has now crossed the threshold of middle class respectability…For far too many people, Islamophobia is seen as a legitimate — even commendable — thing. You could even say that Islamophobia has now passed the dinner-table-test…Islamophobia should be seen as totally abhorrent — just like homophobia or Judeophobia — because any phobia is by definition the opposite of a philosophy. A phobia is an irrational fear. It takes on a life of its own and no longer needs to be justified. And all this filters through. The drip-feeding of fear fuels a rising tide of prejudice. So when people get on the tube and see a bearded Muslim, they think ‘terrorist’…when they hear ‘Halal’ they think ‘that sounds like contaminated food’…and when they walk past a woman wearing a veil, they think automatically ‘that woman’s oppressed’. And what’s particularly worrying is that this can lead down the slippery slope to violence”

“…since its launch in November 2010 the APPG on Islamophobia has been little more than a sideshow: an unhelpful, unwanted and unnecessary distraction from giving Islamophobia the rightful, timely and necessary attention it so desperately needs”

“been sadly lost, both [the Working Group] and Government having collectively failed to create the forward momentum necessary if Islamophobia was ever to have been realistically tackled”

“To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran [sic], Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke…Judged purely on its scripture — to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques — it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers”

“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”

“Your party? Hold on a minute sister. I think you will find it’s OUR party now. Britain has Boris and a blue collar army. Nationalism is back. British people first.”

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Dr Chris Allen

Dr Chris Allen

Chris Allen is an academic, commentator and writer, with interests in a range of contemporary socio-political issues in the UK and beyond