The Racist and His New Clothes.

In recent years Britain has become a hotbed for anti-Muslim bigotry like many of its neighbours on the Continent. It has become the primary means of mobilisation for marginal elements on the radical Right. Old canards against immigrants are being recycled and directed purposely to siphon off disenfranchised working-class and lower middle-class support for mainstream […]

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Anjem Choudary faces arrest

Except he doesn’t. This is just another pointless and misleading headline in today’s Metro. Another nothing story to squeeze a little bit more moral panic juice out of the upsurge in anti-Muslim sentiment. Under the headline “Extremist preacher faces arrest”, the Metro goes on to report that “Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary will be arrested as […]

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French PM bans protest by Muslims because it “doesn’t concern France”

This story is really, seriously worrying: (CNN) — French authorities said Wednesday that they will not authorize weekend demonstrations in Paris as protests over an anti-Muslim video [The Innocence of Muslims, the youtube clip which sparked the anti-American protests in Cairo and Benghazi last week] started to fade worldwide. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told radio […]

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Daily Telegraph columnists are not an oppressed minority

On Telegraph Blogs this week, Dan Hannan mounts up one of his favourite hobby horses – his contention that while “man is fallen and we find it everywhere”, people with leftwing sympathies tend to be far more hate-filled and abusive than those at the bluer end of the political spectrum. He and most others on […]

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Should the EDL be banned from marching in Tower Hamlets?

On Saturday one of my fellow Third Estaters (I’m assuming Reuben) tweeted: Definitely don’t think the left should be calling for a state van [sic] on the EDL march While compelling, I think this view is seriously mistaken. Granted, it’s always a good idea to be wary of calling on the State to do anything […]

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The “Ground Zero Mosque” debate – it’s not all about rights

The Guardian believes uncompromisingly in freedom of expression, but not in any duty to gratuitously offend…Freedom of expression as it has developed in the democratic west is a value to be cherished, but not abused. Guardian Leader Comment, 4 February 2006, on the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. In September 2005, a Danish newspaper published 12 […]

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Bringing the War Home (Why I’m Not Palestinian)

In the 1960s and 70s, two ultra leftist groups, the Weathermen in the USA, and the Red Army Faction in West Germany, used the same slogan to clarify the motivation for their violent response to the US invasion of Vietnam: ‘bringing the war home.’ There are two movements we can describe as ‘bringing the war […]

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Les Couture Police

With all the furore about a French parliamentary committee recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing Islamic face veils in public, I thought it was a good time to bring up France’s long-standing history of banning items of clothing… Historically religion isn’t the only area to fall victim to the fashion police in France, sartorial […]

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France and the Burqa

Guest post by Carl Packman While Sarkozy in France has realised that the burqa ban will be harder to enforce than originally believed – and so, therefore, will be shelved – another group of angry right wing men (and women), this time in Britain, have decided the issue is for them, namely UKIP, and for […]

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The Counter-Hegemonic History of Islam

Guest post by Carl Packman Islam is enemy No. 1 of much contemporary criticism, either by the angry EDL men on the street, to new atheists asserting that Islam is incompatible with Enlightenment societies, to critics such as Nick Cohen and David Aaranovitch’s’ with their claims to present Islamic bad boys (and girls) as the […]

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