Mehdi Hasan gives his argument for Islam being a peaceful religion.
Muslim journalist Mehdi Hasan, political editor of the Huffington Post, warns Anne-Marie Waters that her "astonishing claims" might endanger her future as a Labour Party candidate, but assured her "don't worry, the BNP will take you".
Hasan asks why, if Islam is "responsible for killing," such a tiny percentage of believers actually participate in violence. He asks the audience if they really believe that 1.6 billion people are all "followers, promoters and believers in a religion of violence".
Hasan urges them not to "fuel the arguments of the phobes and bigots and legitimise hate", but to "trust the Muslims that you know and that you hear."
Islamophobia Awareness Month Ends In Great Britain After Much Disagreement
The entire month of November was Islamophobia Awareness Month in Great Britain and while it passed without even a mention in the United States, it raised a storm of controversy in Europe. Everyone from outspoken Atheist comedian Pat Condell to French public transport company RATP staked out their own piece of turf in the debate that followed the proclamation. The event, which was organized by several Muslim Rights groups in cooperation with the London School Of Economics, caused many normally rational people to express utter outrage and anger at the very concept that a word like Islamophobia even exists.
While there is always a certain degree of bigotry directed at believers in every religion, according to the FBI, fewer Muslims are victims of hate crimes than any other religious, racial or social group. Here in the USA, incidents of anti-Islamic hate crime in 2010 accounted for only 12.1% of those motivated by religion and just 2.4% overall. There were only 160 incidents, 186 offenses, and 197 victims in a population of over 2.6 million Muslims. More importantly, no Muslim was killed for being Muslim. Fifteen years (1996-2010) of online FBI reports tabulate 149 deaths due to hate crimes, but the records show zero anti-Islamic fatalities during this period.
Did Anti-Muslim Extremists in the US Influence Anders Breivik?
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian charged with carrying out a mass killing last week in his home country, told his lawyer he was saving Norway from Muslim domination. Breivik is an anti-Muslim extremist, and it has become clear that he was heavily influenced by American bloggers, who share his fears about the threat of Muslim immigrants on Western culture.
Pam Geller is one of those bloggers. On her blog, "Atlas Shrugs," Geller speaks about the threat of Islam in America. She spoke with our producers last night. Wajahat Ali joins us this morning. Ali is a journalist who is currently researching Islamophobia in America for the Center for American Progress. The report is due out in August.
He was ideologically inspired, I think we can safely say that, by the what I would call the hateful anti-Muslim writings and opinions of several notorious American Islamaphobes whom he cites many, many times over again in the memo who have a history of working together to profit off of the creation and promotion of misinformation, fear and bigotry against Muslims.
Anti-Islam advocates respond to Norway shooter’s manifesto
The New York Times noted today that accused Norway murderer Anders Behring Breivik cited the work of anti-Jihad activist Robert Spencer 64 times in his 1,500 page manifesto, which also included a large portion of the Unabomber's writing. Now, Spencer and several other people who crusade against extreme forms of Islam are pushing back, and arguing the media is unfairly focusing on Breivik's citations.
"If I was indeed an inspiration for his work, I feel the way the Beatles must have felt when they learned that Charles Manson had committed murder after being inspired by messages he thought he heard in their song lyrics," Spencer wrote on his blog, referring to the so-called White Album by the Fab Four, which featured the song "Helter Skelter." "There were no such messages. Nor is there, for any sane person, any inspiration for harming anyone in my work, which has been consistently dedicated to defending human rights for all people."
Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.
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The man accused of the killing spree in Norway was deeply influenced by a small group of American bloggers and writers who have warned for years about the threat from Islam, lacing his 1,500-page manifesto with quotations from them, as well as copying multiple passages from the tract of the Unabomber.
In the document he posted online, Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of bombing government buildings and killing scores of young people at a Labor Party camp, showed that he had closely followed the acrimonious American debate over Islam.
His manifesto, which denounced Norwegian politicians as failing to defend the country from Islamic influence, quoted Robert Spencer, who operates the Jihad Watch Web site, 64 times, and cited other Western writers who shared his view that Muslim immigrants pose a grave danger to Western culture.