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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:52 am

These 9 things are 'officially Islamophobic' after UK councils adopt new definition
  • • Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims in the name of a racist/fascist ideology, or an extremist view of religion.
  • • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic ‘threat’ posed by Muslims or of a ‘Muslim takeover’.
  • • Accusing Muslims as a group of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Muslim person or group of Muslim individuals, or even for acts committed by non-Muslims.
  • • Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.
  • • Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah’ (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • • Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.
  • • Applying double standards by requiring of Muslims behaviours that are not expected or demanded of any other groups in society, eg loyalty tests.
  • • Using the symbols and images associated with classic Islamophobia.
  • • Holding Muslims collectively responsible for the actions of any Muslim majority state, whether secular or constitutionally Islamic.
https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/n ... ef=mr&lp=4

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:04 am

Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah’ (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
Does it count as "Islamophobic" if an Imam tells them they'd better be like this or else go to Hell?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:28 am

‘Dickensian diseases’: gout, whooping cough and scarlet fever on rise

UK hospital visits for illnesses common in Victorian era up by 3,000 a year since 2010

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The Gout by James Gillray – a 1799 cartoon of the agony induced by the inflammatory disease, cases of which have increased 38% between 2010 and 2018. Photograph: Lordprice Collection/Alamy
There has been a sharp rise in hospital visits for diseases that were common during the Victorian era, such as scarlet fever, whooping cough and gout, research reveals.

Despite certain illnesses virtually being eradicated in the 1950s, hospital attendances for some “Victorian diseases” have risen by 52% since 2010-11, an increase of over 3,000 admissions a year.

The rise has been put down to sustained cuts to local authority public health budgets, which experts say have resulted in the services that protect against illness being scaled back.

Helen Donovan, the Royal College of Nursing’s professional lead for public health, said the findings were concerning.

“The government should accept its responsibility for failing the most vulnerable in our society and commit to investing properly in vital public health services,” she said.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... er-on-rise

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Post by Giz » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:32 pm

"Stansted 15: no jail for activists convicted of terror-related offences

Judge says group ‘didn’t have a grievous intent as some may who commit this type of crime’"


https://amp.theguardian.com/global/2019 ... w-leniency

What the fuck? 'They didn't have a grievous intent'? The judiciary is now giving certain ideologies get out of jail free when committing crimes? !

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:18 am

Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, Ofsted chief says

A Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, an Ofsted chief has told MPs.

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham is still segregating boys and girls despite a Court of Appeal ruling in 2017 that found it was unlawful, according to Luke Tryl, director of corporate strategy at Ofsted.

Addressing the women and equalities select committee, he said that Ofsted inspectors are trying to hold schools account for discriminating against girls but feel “isolated” when their stance is not backed up by ministers.

“Our inspectors are going out and having to make some quite tricky judgements where there are those potential clashes [between equalities laws and religious freedoms],” Mr Tryl said.

“We perhaps don’t always feel we get the support we need from the rest of Government in pushing that forward.”

He said that Al-Hijrah school was enforcing a “very strict gender segregation” which included “denying the girls to have their lunch until the boys had had theirs”. “And we had some very discriminatory texts for instance, encouraging violence against women,” he said.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2 ... -finished/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:01 am

School cancels play about Darwin and evolution after Christian parents complain

It has provoked anger among other families who call the decision 'shameful'

A primary school has cancelled a play about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution following complaints from a group of Christian parents.

Several families threatened to withdraw their children from the play, which is aimed at 7- to 11-year-olds, as they felt one of the scenes “mocked” a bishop involved in a historic debate on evolution.

Hartford Manor Primary School, a non-religious community school in a village in Cheshire, decided to cancel the musical Darwin Rocks and replace it with a less divisive show following the objections.

But the decision to cancel the play has provoked anger among another group of parents who argue that it is “unacceptable” that their children have been denied a valuable learning opportunity.

Alan McDonald, a parent at the school who wants the production to be brought back, said: “It really does feel like a huge step backwards.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:34 pm

Gotta say, I’m kinda sympathetic to this:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... aid-budget

“Calls for a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget and closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a separate Whitehall entity are set out in a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit “global Britain” backed by the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Current definitions of aid spending would be broadened to include peacekeeping, and the BBC’s World Service would be expanded, as part of an effort to restore Britain’s ability to project soft and hard power.

The paper argues the UK should be freed to define its aid spending unconstrained by criteria set by external organisations, and its purpose expanded from poverty reduction to include “the nation’s overall strategic goals”. UK aid spending, set by law at 0.7% of gross national income, was £13.4bn in 2016.”


All seems very sensible.