Tendance Coatesy

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Muslim Manifesto: More Right-wing Identity Politics.

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 The New Identity Politics.

After UKIP we now have another “identity” political group in the UK. (Hat-Tip: JB)

On the launch of the Muslim Manifesto, right-wing Blogger, Guido Fawkes, notes,

Sayeeda Warsi and a host of Labour MPs attended the unveiling of a ‘Muslim Manifesto’ yesterday at an event on the parliamentary estate. Did they know it was organised by an ‘Islamic extremist’ who has praised Al-Qaeda?

That is, Azad Ali.

Ali, MEND ‘Head of Community Development’, is known to readers of this Blog as an enemy of free-speech and, specifically, of Charlie Hebdo.

He appeared at the notorious Je ne Suis pas Charlie jamboree at the misnamed ‘Unite against Fascism’ conference a few weeks ago.

Claiming that our much-loved Charlie incites hate,  this is Ali’s background,

Assad Ali,

We must not call Charlie Hebdo killers ‘terrorists’, says boss” (Here)

“AZAD ALI, Islamic Forum of Europe (undercover footage): Democracy, if it means that, you know, at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no one agrees with that.” “Mr Ali has also threatened journalists – not Parisian cartoonists, but an undercover colleague who secretly taped his “no one agrees with democracy” quote – though there is, of course, no suggestion that he has carried out the threat or any other act of violence.” (from Here).

This is from the draft of the Manifesto, drawn up by the Institute for Muslim Community Development.

Te start with there is one good point.

The document makes clear its opposition to “Muslim-hate” and “Anti-Semitism” – that is hatred against people, not religions – something  the confused term Islamophobia mixes up.

These points stand out for less honourable reasons:

  • Introduce more robust legislation to curb media hate campaigns against Muslims.
  • Guarantee the Muslim community the opportunity to evolve independently of government social engineering programmes.
  • Acknowledge that the holy scripture of Muslims (the Qur’an) does not endorse terrorism and the murder of innocents.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate Muslim contributions to knowledge and civilization including European civilisation.
  • Recognise Muslims have a distinct ‘way of life’ (deen) which opposes any understanding of religion or faith as separate from other aspects of life
  • Promote the positive shared Abrahamic history of Moorish, Christian and Jewish culture in Europe.

I think we can guess what ‘curbs’ on free speech Ali and his cronies have in mind.

Why on earth the state and ‘Britain’ have to ‘acknowledge’ the Islamic religion in such detail, including the plea for celebrating ‘Muslim contributions to knowledge and civilisation” is beyond most people.

This pompous demand seems an Islamic version of the reactionary ‘history’ of the wonders of Britain’s past – empire, slavery and massacres included.

Why we have to endorse their interpretation of the Qur’an is even more questionable.

One cannot but fail to notice that the statement only refers to the murder of “innocents” – what happens to the ‘guilty’ is left unsaid.

In all this draft document looks to many like a plea for separate religious rights for the ‘Muslim community’ – as this group cares to define it.

There is also this, “Encourage enquiry into the effects of oversexualisation of public spaces upon young people.”

Ho hum…

Apart from anything else this reads like it’s been taken from Mary Whitehouse and the Festival of Light circa 1969.

Most people will ignore the ‘Manifesto’.

Still the voice of the Iranian dictatorship, Press TV, seems keen on it.

Important update: US far-right Conspiratorialist site Veterans Today endorses Muslim Manifesto.

The Manifesto has only one main demand, ‘ethical politics for an ethical Britain’, a fact which may be impossible to deliver, when the Prime Minister of Britain has already declared he is a Zionist and ‘will be good for Israel’ and most MPs both Conservative and Labour are members of the lobbying group, Friends of Israel.

For Muslims the main concern is what impact will the Manifesto make against a background of powerful interest groups fuelling Islamophobia through government policies and media, repeating the same tune ‘ Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims’.

All this Islamic terrorism rhetoric has achieved nothing else but more wars and conflict, making the bankers and the elite richer, while the majority suffers poverty and austerity measures, with a loss of civil liberties heading to an existence of subjugation governed by Orwellian governments.

What is Veterans Today’s agenda?

myriad claims that there was a conspiracy behind 9/11 (Israel orchestrated it, in cahoots with the American government), that the American government is a puppet (of Israel), that the Holocaust never happened or was greatly exaggerated (Jews made it up to manipulate non-Jews), and, most recently, that Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, is a pawn (of Israel).

Southern Poverty Law Center.

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  1. Ali may be right about one thing: the over-sexualisation of “public spaces” or what nasty Gramscite revisionists such as myself used to call ‘civil society’. The short walk to my newsagent — and that is a ‘public space’ — is not overtly over-sexualised. The teenagers from the local community college, just a few minutes in the opposite direction are better behaved than their parents. In fact the ‘kids’ hold the shop door open for me given that I have to use a walking stick and that makes opening shop doorrs often difficult.

    R Wood

    March 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  2. Agreed.

    I think they primarily mean women indecently dressed – that is not up to their idea of Islamic standards.

    Andrew Coates

    March 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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  4. I expect they mean the posters advertising lingerie or summer dresses as well. And summer holidays with bikini-clad models.

    Sue R

    March 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  5. I dont see exactly why this is right wing. mobilising groups of a particular ethnicity/race/religion is nothing new.

    there is too much sexualisation of society, one doesnt need to be a muslim to accept that.
    LGBT rights are not central to anyone apart from while middle class liberals. LGBT should not be harmed, but neither is marriage nor adopting children a right that should be accorded to LGBT. As such, I see that there are some good things in this initiative.

    jackson

    March 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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  7. I wonder whether Mehdi Hasan will back this manifesto. To judge by his article (the essence of which is a lengthy repetition of the “No True Scotsman” argument, applied to Islam), there’s a good chance that he will – once he’s waited a while to see whether or not it will further his career, of course.

    Jim Denham

    March 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  8. I like that point. No true Scotsman….No ‘real’ Muslim…..

    It’s a pretty contagious argument on this issue and deeply irritating.

    I thought the left gave that one up after fruitless arguments about who is a ‘true’ Marxist.

    By your deeds shall you know…..

    Andrew Coates

    March 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  9. i think there is something that many have not yet realised; Marxism is already considered by many to be dead. The left need the muslims more than the muslims need the left. thats why there are high profile conversions to Islam, and not many Muslims embracing dialectical and historical materialism.

    we have entered into communal politics, and the other minority groups will form their own groups along these lines sooner or later i think.

    jackson

    March 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  10. If you see the next post on Ivana Hoffman you’ll notice that ‘conversion’ to Islamism is about the last thing that’s going to happen in the milieu round here, or anything within reach of chez Coatesy.

    Andrew Coates

    March 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  11. “I dont see exactly why this is right wing”

    because ‘identity politics’ is by nature right wing. it is a tool of the boss class, used to divide and rule. in the forms of apartheid and ‘ethnic-cleansing’ it is fascistic and even in it’s more ‘benign’ forms its purpose is to ensure that we remain good little consumers, don’t question our masters and DON’T rock the boat.


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