UK’s ‘Islamophobia Is Racism’ Backdoor Blasphemy Law Would Ban Criticism of Islam

18 March 2024

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UK politicians – especially Labour UK – are adopting the view that Islamophobia should be treated as racism. It’s wild that they’re even entertaining this, so Tim Dieppe from Christian Concern has written a rebuttal, that has been endorsed by Richard Dawkins, of all people.

Christian Concern’s head of policy, Tim Dieppe, is warning authorities to turn away from banning “Islamophobia.”

Any such legislation, he argued, would burn free speech and be a boon for Islamic extremism.

Dieppe’s 2024 report – endorsed by Richard Dawkins – counters 2018 proposals supported by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims.

APPGs are the equivalent of an informal lobby group.

They cross party lines and include members of parliament.

Though they “have no official status within Parliament”, they do have power and influence.

This particular APPG exists to “inform and harness support for the aspirations, and challenges” of Britain’s Islamic community.

They also “investigate prejudice, discrimination, and hatred against Muslims in the UK.”

Both Conservatives and Labour are represented.

False Intersectional Equivalence

A key characteristic of APPG on British Muslims is their view that criticism of Islam is racist.

The group falsely asserts that “Islamophobia” is rooted in racism.

This gives Dieppe’s concerns serious weight.

All charges of “anti-Muslim racism” are false: Islam is not a race.

Crippling Consequences

For all intents and purposes, defining “Islamophobia” as racism deters criticism away from Islam’s current and historic militantism.

“Islamophobia” is a weapon of mass distraction.

For example, in his forward to Dieppe’s report, Dawkins explained,

“Fear can be rational.

“A Muslim woman in Iran might reasonably fear being arrested by the Morality Police.”

(Recall the very personal plight of Asia Bibi, Remy Kamel, and the story of Shagufta and Shafqat Emmanuel.)

In Pakistan or Britain, she might fear being killed by her own family for consorting with a non-Muslim, Dawkins continued.

This isn’t a phobia; it’s “justifiable fear.”

If, he added, Islam is a race, then “leaving Islam is impossible.

“The statement that Islamophobia is a form of racism is more than just incorrect. It contradicts a fundamental, and incidentally obnoxious [apostasy-is-punishable-by-death] tenet of Islam.”

Applauding Dieppe’s deep discussion on how this deception burns free speech and bolsters Islamist extremism, Dawkins asserted,

“If ‘Islamophobia’ is punishable by law, will I be arrested for stating the undenied fact that apostasy carries the death penalty?”

“If so, bring it on. I look forward to defending myself in court.”

The crux of Tim Dieppe’s argument is that “any attempt to define “Islamophobia” poses a threat to freedom of speech.

“People in a free society must be free to criticise, question, and even ridicule any belief of practice, including religious beliefs.”

Legislating “Islamophobia” as racism or cultural racism risks “silencing or censoring criticisms of one religion above others,” he cautioned.

Criticising Islam’s militant expansionism in Africa, or historically into the West, would be punishable by a court of law.

Condemning Islamic hate crimes against Nigerian Christians would – bizarrely – be itself ruled a “hate crime”.

Accusing “Muslim majority states of exaggerating a genocide, questioning Hamas,” would all be wig and gavelled as unlawful.

Importantly, there’s a distinction between criticising Islam and criticising Muslims, Dieppe adds.

“Striking a believer is a crime; debating her beliefs isn’t.”

Clear Intolerance

Offering an alternative, Dieppe advised authorities to ditch the arbitrary and weaponised term “Islamophobia” and use “anti-Muslim hatred” instead.

Legislate against neither of them, he added.

Adopting a formal definition of “Islamophobia” is a back door to Islamic blasphemy laws, which prevent open criticism of Islam’s beliefs and practices.

Legislating on the definition of “Muslimness” (whatever that is) or “Islamophobia” as racism would be to legislate lies.

Laws built around “perception-based definitions” are dangerously arbitrary and ripe for abuse.

As Dieppe wrote,

A “Muslim woman who decides not to wear a hijab, converts to Christianity or atheism,” would all, by way of “rooting definitions in perception, constitute as ‘Islamophobic’ and be punishable under UK law.

“Legitimate debate is being shut down by allegations of ‘Islamophobia.’”

Adopting the APPG’s push to merge criticism of Islam with racism should be abandoned, Dieppe concluded.

Those conclusions mesh with David Horowitz’s critique of the Left’s postmodern mindset in The Enemy Within (2021).

“I’ve been warning for years that it would sooner or later become ‘Islamophobic’ to offer even the mildest opposition to jihad violence.”

The “Islamophobia” mongers would become increasingly open about their support for jihad terrorists, and here we are,” Horowitz chided.

He’d agree with Tim Dieppe’s assessment.

The APPG’s definition of “Islamophobia” turns defending America and the West against “convert, pay your tax, or die” into a criminal offence.

If Tim Dieppe and David Horowitz weren’t pointing out the dangers, it’d be the perfect crime.

Legislating another form of forced speech will bring down free speech.

“Islamophobia” is another pretext for legislating lies.

To quote Horowitz, “Islamophobia” as racism, is part of the “intellectual incoherence of Intersectionality Theory.”

“Islam is simultaneously both a religion and a race of peace, bigots!”

It doesn’t have to make sense; it just has to sound and feel right.

What’s so concerning about this is the prospect that politicians are happy to convert this lawfare into legislation.

Feel-good laws often fail the good laws test.

As Alain Besançon, in his forward to Jacques Ellul’s Islam and Judeo-Christianity, warned:

‘Muslim states, according to strict adherence to law, cannot authorise the reciprocal tolerance asked of them by Christian states. In calling for this, Christians show their ignorance of Islam.’


Originally published at Caldron Pool. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 18 March 2024 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Read the Koran ! I have ! Its aim is World Domination by Islam , hence the seeding of so-called “refugees “across the Globe , including as far away as Iceland. The religion is the most intolerant that exists, even of its own adherents. Leaving Islam and joining another religion is punishable by death. How did Mohammed convert Mecca ? How did his followers conquer the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and Eastern Europe injust a few years ? By the sword , convert or die just like ISIS which is true to its Koranic faith. The aim of Islam is a Caliphate to rule the entire World, so, we need to oppose all attempts to restrict our Freedom of Speech and Religions
    (plural ) because what Islam really represents is a threat to our way of life, to our freedom of any other religion except Islam , and to our Western civilisation . Under true Islam, music and the representation of animals and people in art are banned and marked for destruction as happened in Aghanistan under the Taliban who destroyed the ancient Buddhist figures which had World Heritage status. So, what will happen to our museums , the Sydney Opera House and Symphony Concerts , and , music on the radio if we accept Moslem values to rule Australia ? Already a big fuss is made of Ramadan , while the mention of Christmas and Easter are discouraged because these “offend “Moslem sensibilities . It was not so long ago that Christmas Parades in Australia featured Mary , Joseph and the Baby Jesus, the angels, shepherds and the Magi. Gone ! Why ? Because they Offend Moslems !
    It is not only Islam which persecutes Christians . The Australian Leftist media tends to omit all mention of the bombing of Christian churches and homes in Modi’s India , the rape of Christian girls and murders for which there is no redress. Let’s not forget the kidnappings of hundreds of Christian school- girls in Africa by Moslems which gets little publicity as if their lives and that of their parents ‘grief did not matter because they are Christian and Black ! Under Islam women should not study , but, be confined to the home and produce mulptible children to conquer the World for Islam.
    Why should we follow those idiot, self-serving UK politicians who are only interested in retaining their Parliamentary seats in their Moslem majority electorates ? This is already happening in Australia which has imported far too many Moslems in my opinion , and, is continuimg to flood the country with more , eg from Gaza who are bringing their hatred of Jews with them and de-stabilising what was once a peaceful society with their Marches and attacks on Jews and their businesses . Instead , we have almost dailly Moslem Middle-Eastern murders in public in Sydney and mafia -style fire-bombings of businesses in Melbourne . They have brought with them their crime-gangs , corruption and sex trafficking . I support the Jews who have enriched Australian society with their architecture, music, caused no hatred or disturbance and been loyal Australians.

  2. Pauline Tondl 18 March 2024 at 9:33 am - Reply

    2 Corinthians 4:4
    The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

    John 14:6
    Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

    John 16:33
    Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart ! I have overcome the world !”

    Let’s pray that Almighty God, who knows all these lusts of the flesh and strivings for power, graciously allows these misled people to hear the gospel of the glory of Christ, and pours out a spirit of repentance upon them, so that they CAN come to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ – and gain true life.
    There is no other way.

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