This is Why – Part 4

A continuous survey of causes of “Islamophobia”. Conflicts in Muslim countries and terrorism are excluded. See here for explanation of survey.

April 2011

Indonesian president warns Islamic radicalism rising

University campuses are ‘hotbeds of Islamic extremism’

Militants wanted to film, broadcast Indonesian church attack, police say

Poll: Most Egyptians want Quran as source of laws

Low-key Easter preparations for Pakistan’s fearful Christians

Islamic cleric threatens jihad if child marriage is banned

Muslims should ask Congress to outlaw Qur’an-burning — because it incites violence
…. in contrast to the burning of the American flag, which, he says, the Supreme Court declined to outlaw because “no disturbance of the peace actually occurred or threatened to occur.”

The Latest Enemies of Iran: Dogs and Their Owners
The bill warns that that in addition to posing public health hazards, the popularity of dog ownership “also poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.”

Muslim Brotherhood leader talks of applying Sharia law

Carlisle man jailed for burning Koran in city centre

‘I wanted to be free’: Muslim model upsets family by posing nude for Playboy cover
I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends.

Obama’s Muslim faith adviser helped craft “perfect Islamic state” for Sharia project led by Ground Zero Mosque imam Rauf

London police probing report that Islamist extremists told woman to cover up
…. an unidentified Bangladeshi woman …. threatened with death by men who told her to cover up because she works in an east London district with a predominantly Muslim population

‘Wear a headscarf or we will kill you’: How the ‘London Taliban’ is targeting women

Two Booked under the Blasphemy law
Once again the Christians are being victimized. Mushtaq Gill, in his sixties and his young son were accused of desecrating the Quran, and were taken away by the local police.

Muslim Council: women cannot debate wearing veil

Apology for performance stop over Koran quotes
Following a wave of criticism, the artistic director …. apologized for hastily cancelling a feminist performance last weekend in which women were set to dance to a score that included recitation of verses from the Koran set to music.

Muslim group declares jihad against ‘extremist’ Christians
An umbrella coalition of Muslim groups held a protest today and declared bloodshed against ‘extremist’ Christians that insult and ridicule the position of Islam in the country.

The EU vote on ‘no-stun slaughter’ meat

Pakistan switches on to Islamic radicalism peddled by TV stars
Wearing shoes with green soles can make you lose a cricket match …. the reasons behind the defeats suffered by Pakistan’s cricket team. Apparently this is because green is the colour of Islam – and also the colour of the national flag.

Conservative Muslims protest against Christian governor in Egypt

Jordan to try Danish artist over Mohammed cartoon

Pakistan’s blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man
But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.

Muslim beauty contestant faces critics on all sides, she says

Bangladesh to legalize political Islam, ignore courts order to restore secularism

Turkish PM raps France for face veil ban, militants online urge punishment for Paris

Lutfur Rahman councillor charged with fraud

What Country in the World Has the Most Journalists Imprisoned?

Medieval justice… in the 21st Century: Woman caned in front of a baying mob for having an affair

Crepes and Cider (Halal of course!)

Muslims must be free to debate issues such as evolution without fear
The imam of a mosque in east London, Dr Usama Hasan, was earlier this year subjected to death threats over his support for the theory of evolution.

“A Daily Massacre of Animals…”
Nowadays they slaughter animals alive, without concern about the regulation and even less about the pain ….

Teenage blasphemy suspect to be tried inside prison
…. Samiullah, a first-year pre-engineering student, has been charged with writing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the answer sheets of his intermediate examination in April last year.

Dutch consider banning religious animal slaughter

Tax Authority teaching employees about Islamic culture
About 100 employees of the Danish Tax Authority will be taking a course in Islam next month, in order to learn why male Muslim pizzeria owners won’t shake hands with female Tax Authority employees.

Organization of the Islamic Conference vs. Freedom of Expression
…. the OIC promised to present a new draft resolution on the issue of “Islamophobia” at the General Assembly in September.

Reciting from Quran only allowed if it’s to understand religion

How TV Islamic extremist who hates Britain enjoys £1,250-a-month benefits and rent-free luxury flat

Malaysian MP Says Men Have Affairs Because Wives ‘Neglect’ Their Duty in Bed

Chechnya, where stability comes at the price of secularism
Women face coercion to wear headscarves as part of a “virtues” campaign, including an Islamic dress code. Men are allowed polygamous marriage and alcohol is forbidden, though it remains tucked away inside shops

Iran upholds prison sentence for Baha’i leaders ahead of Christians’ blasphemy trial

Lutfur Rahman council pays at least £50,000 a month to front organisations for extremist IFE

Dozens injured as Bangladeshi Islamists protest women’s equality laws

Sandhurst mosque plans prompt public inquiry
The proposals – to demolish a locally listed Victorian schoolbuilding in a conservation area in Camberley, Surrey, and replace it with a £3m domed mosque.

Afghanistan: United Nations mission rocked by mob killings
…. he blamed Islam. “We must take a serious, serious look at Islam,” he said. “It’s a violent religion that promotes acts of violence, I believe we need to bring this before the UN.”

March 2011

Saudis print fatwa against protests

Liberal MP says debate being stifled over ‘racism’ fears
“Islam itself is the problem, it’s not Muslims. Muslims are individuals that practise their faith in their own way, but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology.”

Muslim model defends Miss Universe contest bid

Afghan women are still at risk
She is serving her sentence for running away from domestic violence. About half of all women in Afghan prisons are there for the same “crime”.

Intolerance in Muslim societies is rising

The Most Islamic Community in Europe
It reflects how Leicester’s long-ballyhooed experiment with multiculturalism is being challenged by Muslim separatism and assertiveness

Five Christians to face trial for blasphemy in Iran

Fears raised over controversial speakers at Muslim Centre
Saudi cleric Shaykh Al Barrak, who has a reputation for issuing hardline fatwas including ones on strict gender segregation, was one figure who raised concern.

British Universities funded by Islamic sources
Islamic donations are now the largest source of external funding for universities in the UK.

Indonesia no longer secular

Anti-Muslim current in Australia: study
There is a current of anti-Muslim discourse that suggests an entrenched hostility often related to overseas events,” the report said in its conclusion.

Ethiopian Christians flee after church burnings

Blasphemy suspect’s trial to start on 29th

British Muslim who entered Miss Universe contest receives death threat

Muslim mum convicted of assault loses appeal
A WOMAN convicted of assaulting young children has failed to persuade top judges her trial was unfair because too few Muslims were on the jury.

No victory in bible release
The release of the 30,000 Malay bibles has come with two attached conditions: that the books bear a stamp demarcating “For Christians Only” and marked with serial numbers

Malaysian Christian lawyer barred from Shariah courts

The Lewisham Islamic Centre: Promoting Hatred
…. reputable evidence that suggests that a much higher proportion Muslims in Britain …. hold views that would be considered to be ‘extreme’ in Western cultures.

Headscarf row re-surfaces – Hema employee refused contract for wearing hijab

48-page fatwa against democracy – Muslims told to ignore calls for change because ‘democracy goes against Islam’
…. “As long as the commander of the nation is a Muslim, you must obey and listen to him. Those who are against him are just seeking to replace him, and this is not licit”

Muslim defendant can sue over hijab removal
a judge revoked their probation and put them in holding cells, where deputies ordered Khatib to remove her hijab.

Iran Christians Jailed, Bibles “Burned”

Pakistan Christian’s death ‘not due to natural causes’

Islamophobia report: Exeter University apologises
I expressed astonishment about the level of factual inaccuracy contained within what its authors hoped would be major academic report on Islamophobia.

Half of Europeans say Islam is a religion of intolerance

Bras, booze and how Islamic chauvinists have made satire redundant
“Out of the population of New York, the statistics tell us, one-third are gays… There are more than 25 million gays, sodomites, in America, in USA. Now the only option remaining for my sister is that she marries a man who already has a wife or she becomes public property.”

Christians protest: government blocks 30 thousand Bibles in Malay

Chechen women attacked with paintball guns for ‘immodest’ dress

40% of Americans link Islam to violence: poll

Asia Bibi fears she is next
…. The Christian mother is presently in an isolation cell in a Punjab jail for allegedly violating the country’s strict blasphemy law.

Why did the MCB and MINAB take so long to support Usama Hasan?
They knew a prominent imam was being threatened by fanatics, and yet they remained silent about it.

Fury at Omani sultan’s cash for Cambridge

Muslim women ‘should not travel more than 48 miles from home without male chaperone’

Muslim families refuse swimming lessons despite fines

Democracy Akbar! Coptic Church of St Mina and St George is torched by ‘thousands of Muslims’

London imam subjected to death threats for supporting evolution
Leyton Mosque in London has expelled its imam Dr Usama Hasan for holding a lecture titled ‘Islam & Evolution’ and saying the two were not incompatible.

Sharia law in Australia already a reality

Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church

The grip of religious extremism on Pakistan’s political culture
Pakistan’s blasphemy law is a tool for persecution and its tyranny reflects the grip of religious extremism on political culture

With the rise of militant Islam, Pakistan reaps what for years the state has sown
…. Shahbaz Bhatti, the minorities minister, seems to have been killed for the same reason that Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was assassinated on January 4th.

Lutfur Rahman council: homophobic hatred grows

‘Haia members’ rough up book fair participants
…. stormed the Riyadh book fair on Wednesday evening, roughed up participants and relayed orders through a mike for women to dress up properly and move graciously or face the consequences.

Newham Concern Press Release on Mega Mosque
Rejection of British values, the lack of any female participation and a refusal to integrate with other local communities are key issues for the Planning Inspector to consider ….

Pakistan’s only Christian minister killed. ….. When will Britain wake up to Islam’s persecution of Christians?

February 2011

Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to integrate, not assimilate
Turkish immigrants in Germany should integrate into society but not assimilate to the point where they abandon their native culture.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: Womens’ Suffrage Movement Is a ‘Machination’ of the Enemies of Islam

Muslim Shelf Stockers Can Refuse to Handle Alcohol

Gaza’s elected Islamist rulers crack down on secular community

Why are we not challenging violent Islamism in our schools?
“So, when a white person holds objectionable views, racist …. we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious – frankly, even fearful – to stand up to them.”

Catalonia: Muslims ask to ban dogs from streets

Immigrant ghetto could become a ‘state within a state’
“We are heading towards a 100% parallel society, if we don’t intervene now. It’s become normal for people to clear up problems behind closed doors”

Can we talk about Muslim homophobia now?
Last autumn, mysterious posters began to appear all over the East End of London announcing it is now a “Gay-Free Zone.” They warned: “And Fear Allah: Verily Allah is Severe in Punishment.”

No cash to fund privacy curtains for female-only pool classes

‘Action needed’ on forced marriage says abused teenager

Mullahs Fight Math in Madrassas

Another Pakistani Christian woman faces blasphemy charge

Four men slashed teacher’s face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’

European Free Speech Under Attack
…. or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”

Chechnya Encourages Islamic-Style Customs

Warn against communist, secular parties – Muslim preachers laude revolution, slam democracy
“In democracies, people might vote for things that are prohibited in Islam like establishing brothels, allowing homosexuality, drinking alcohol, and usury, and prohibiting the call for prayers or the veil.”

Australian Senator receives death threats over ‘Islam is problem, not Muslims’ claims

iEngage Attacks Muslim Liberals, Defends Islamists and Hate Preachers

Tablighi Jamaat mosque accused of encouraging Muslim isolationism

Our high-profile Muslim minority
…. the problem with multiculturalism is Muslims. Or, to be more precise, the perceived failure of Muslim migrants to integrate and embrace the cultures and traditions of their adopted lands, which in turn allows Islamic extremism to thrive.

Controversial Islamic preacher speaks at Union

Vetting calls for teachers in mosques
…. Police were investigating allegations of assault against teachers at three Glasgow madrassas or Islamic schools operated in mosques.

Malaysia Arrests 100 Muslim Couples for Celebrating Lovers’ Day

Mosque school arrest following Channel 4 documentary
…. the schoolteacher’s warning that pupils must stay away from men with less than “a fistful of beard… like you would from a serpent or a snake”.

Muslims prefer democracy but want stoning for adultery and death for apostasy – Pew Global Attitudes Survey 2010

Over half of French Muslims say they will marry only another Muslim

Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine’s Day ‘trap’
Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labelling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour.

Shame of Britain’s Muslim schools: Secret filming shows pupils being beaten and ‘taught Hindus drink cow p***’

Pupils must not be forced to eat halal Church tells schools

Salon worker fired over headscarf, she says

Banned hate preacher still broadcasting after ‘Jews are enemy of Islam’ claim

No exceptions to school lessons for religious reasons
At least a dozen Muslim families, newly arrived on the Canadian prairie, have requested that their children be exempted from phys. ed and music classes for religious reasons.

Minister: Scrapping Ham from Menu Not Islamisation
Home Affairs Minister …. rejected suggestions that the fact the police …. are not served pigmeat any more is an illustration of Islamisation of Dutch society.

Muslims in Java Protest ‘Lenient’ Sentence For Blasphemy

Religious freedom in Indonesia in tatters
During the attack on Sunday, the Ahmadiyah congregation …. were mobbed by a group of locals, and three Ahmadis died in the raid after being beaten or stabbed to death.

Saudi Scholar: Sharia the Only Path for Arabs
The denial of sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt and other Arab countries is at the root of the unrest in the region, Saudi religious scholar Ayed bin Abdullah al-Qarni said.

Oxford University students secretly served Muslim halal meat

Lee Kuan Yew On Muslim Integration In Singapore
“I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, intermarriages and so on – than Muslims.”

Netherlands: Moroccan teenager attacked for not wearing headscarf

Six die in religious clash in Indonesia

Muslims want children excused from music, mixed phys-ed classes

WikiLeaks: Americans call Leicester ‘the most conservative Islamic community in Europe’

Bangladesh clerics arrested after girl whipped to death

Muslim councillor receives death threats over blasphemy case
In one threatening phone call, which he has reported to police, he was told to “stop supporting Christians or he would be made a terrible example out of”.

Student arrested for blasphemy

Pakistan: Man sentenced to death, boy arrested for blasphemy

January 2011

Five Muslims charged for inciting hatred against homosexuals

Former BBC Presenter: “Islam Could Not be Offended at Any Price, Christians Fair Game”…
Mr Sissons said: “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

Waitrose Halal lamb causes concern

Hundreds of rocks are thrown at her head
…. the Taliban execute a couple by stoning them to death in Kunduz province in front of a crowd of hundreds. The crime? The couple fell in love and attempted to elope ….

We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name
…. it was an attempted interpretation of Islam — in other words, that the inspiration for the lashing of that abused child was drawn from the ideology, even if it was an inspiration based on a misapprehension.

Muslim cabbie bans a mum for having beer

What Educated Non-Muslims Don’t Like About Islam in a Nutshell
…. there are 527 verses of intolerance toward non-Muslims, and 109 verses specifically advocating violence towards non-Muslims. Not one of these verses has been abrogated.

Tunisian women fear Islamist return

Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts

Harry Potter star’s brother jailed
…. jailed for six months for a “prolonged and nasty” attack on the actress in which she was beaten and branded a “slag” for dating a non-Muslim.

Judge raises concerns over ‘enormous emotional pressure’ put on Muslim women after rape case collapses
…. ‘enormous emotional pressure’ exerted on women in Muslim communities after a rape case collapsed at the eleventh hour when the wife of an Asian man refused to give evidence against him.

Islamic Al Azhar University suspends dialogue with Vatican

Wear the hijab or I’ll kill you, cousin told girl’: Muslim tells of terrifying phone threats