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This is not to minimise the trauma to individual Muslims from vile baiting, being spat at, called names or having a garment ripped off. But the danger of talking up Islamophobia in such an alarmist way is that it risks creating a siege mentality among Muslims. Day in, day out, Mend feeds Muslims a relentless diet of news and dramatised videos of Islamophobic attacks (not always accurate) as if to emphasise: “You do know your fellow non-Muslim citizens hate you, don’t you?” Its leader Sufyan Ismail has himself told Muslims that “society hates us.”

Still, Mend seems to have persuaded several MPs from all parties and some police forces that it is an appropriate organisation to advise on how to tackle Islamophobia. In Manchester, it has partnered with the police and the council on a joint “Ending Islamophobia Action Plan” which includes advising schools on how to “identify the difference between free speech and cyber-hate”; it has provided research to Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, about policing Muslim communities; in Cardiff it has trained the British Transport Police on Islamophobia; in Leeds they’ve trained NHS staff on Islamophobia; in London Mend says it is an official partner of the Electoral Commission; it claims to be the only Muslim group to have given oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture and practices of the press; and across the country it has held events with police and crime commissioners. Mend representatives even sit on the odd local authority committee advising them how to implement the government’s counter-terrorism Prevent programme, aimed at preventing vulnerable individuals from being drawn into Islamist and far-right extremism. This, despite Mend campaigning for Prevent’s abolition as part of “state-sponsored Islamophobia”.

These well-intentioned politicians and public servants have been less than curious about the rebranding of iEngage to Mend. Some Mend staff and volunteers have promoted ideas that meet the government’s definition of extremism contained in its Counter-Extremism Strategy: support for organisations proscribed as terrorist, anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and visceral attacks on fellow Muslims who have dared to suggest that Mend has not always practised the anti-hate principles it preaches. Some of the organisations Mend lists as its “strategic partners” are regarded by the Home Office Extremism Analysis Unit as being “extremist”. For example, Cage, the Islamist group that has campaigned to free convicted terrorists, famously described Jihadi John as a “beautiful young man”, and defended the right of a British jihadi to carry out a suicide bombing on a jail in Syria in which many are said to have been killed in order to free prisoners. Indeed, Sufyan Ismail says he has “personally donated to Cage over the years, and I continue to do so. Let’s get that on the record, and I don’t know how many people have donated as much as I have, but it’s not a small amount.” Like Cage, Mend wants “counter-terrorism legislation which is unnecessary abolished”.

In the immediate future Ismail says he wants Mend to focus on schools by hiring “schools content officers”, presumably to try to persuade schools to present Islam the way he views his faith. And if Ofsted does indeed launch an inquiry into the rise of the hijab among primary school girls, we can expect hostilities to resume. Mosques in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale and Bolton have advised parents not to allow their daughters to be questioned by school inspectors.
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amcdonald
October 26th, 2018
1:10 PM
With Nick Clegg getting his perfect job at 2FacedBook and Sinead O`Connor converting to Islam it`s got to be The Sound of Brexit - the Musical ! next. Another great Irish innovation is the Bono plan to replace the Eurozone with the Bonozone. This will sort the Irish border too. Shouldn`t Standpoint have a pic of Ringo on the front cover?

amcdonald
October 19th, 2018
6:10 PM
Radical gobshite Choudray is released from prison as 20 `Pakistani heritage`/muslim rapists are banged up in Huddersfield. The most disgusting places and people in England are now revealed. And with more to come. If Theresa May states Brexit means Money (for more police etc) then delivers it then...or is this just wishful thinking? Long term it could mean Anne Marie Waters as PM.

amcdonald
August 10th, 2018
5:08 PM
Surely Theresa May should now be apologising to Boris Johnson and there should be more not less `islamophobia`/truth telling in the Tory Party. And what is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth reading today? See the photo at Anne Marie Waters Twitter. A great cover pic for Standpoint?

amcdonald
August 1st, 2018
10:08 PM
Tommy Robinson comes out of jail and tells the BBC reporter he`s saying nothing to the lying media. He`ll speak to the public himself. The BBC still describe him as right-wing.The only political party to welcome him is ForBritain. ForBritain advocates the abolition of the BBC licence fee. Nick Cohen and Owen Jones are perfect examples of the most convinced imbeciles of the age. To speak the truth in public you need bodyguards. Robinson and Waters are two of the most intelligent and articulate brits now speaking. They`re white so they must be Nazis and infidels. Labour and the Tories actually saved and imported the jihadist scum who bombed and slaughtered the kids at Manchester Arena. That`s Corbyn and May not protecting the nation at all. They welcome in the murderers and rapists. It`s a price worth paying for the diversity and multicultural richness soaked in our children`s blood. Labour talks with a corpse in it`s mouth.

amcdonald
July 28th, 2018
10:07 PM
What the Labour,Tory,LibDem,BBC etc totally underestimate or are afraid to mention, is how many brits are ready to vote for an anti-islam,democratic,intelligent,pro-Brexir,pro truth party with Anne Marie Waters leading it. It`s growing by the week. Islamisation is disgusting and most brits want it gone. Many EU countries are heading the same way. It`s not anti-immigration it`s specifically anti-sharia and anti-islam. The `integration` of Satan into the Holy Trinity is not going to happen.

Trevor
July 14th, 2018
3:07 PM
I would like to apologize if my comment on 12/07/18 caused any offense to Muslims. On reflection, I think that my comments were a bit harsh although I still hold the view that Muslims do make it hard for themselves to integrate into British society even by the clothes that they wear. Logic suggests to me that if Allah is one god and faith in him is fundamental then why should gowns and veils suddenly become an integral part of worship? Also, the rapid growth in crimes being committed by Muslims of all ages and genders suggests to me that the Muslim community is becoming ever more divided and there will come a point where being a British Muslim will be something to ashamed of rather than proud.

Trevor
July 12th, 2018
10:07 AM
I really believe that Muslims are their own worst enemies because of the fact that they complain about (for want of a better phrase) ''being left out'' by wider society but the fact is their form of religion and even their style of clothing creates a barrier between themselves and wider society. Muslim's form of clothing effectively says to non-muslim society, ''we are religiously pious'' and we want to stand out from the rest. When you take into account the anti-social acts being carried out by Muslim extremists, alongside the ones who walk around all day dressed in headscarves and gowns it becomes clear that these people are not only misguided but they are also divided among themselves and this has created a situation in which the gown-wearing Muslims attempt to convince the wider society that we are genuine but the Muslim terrorists are not. I personally believe that it is too late to even try to build bridges because the fact is the damage is done and I believe that a growing number of people are fed up with these Muslims coming to our country and causing problems while putting on a poor show of religious piety.

amcdonald
June 22nd, 2018
10:06 PM
Anonymous believes Tommy Robinson is in jail for contempt of court. At least the BBC gives us 5 meanings to the graffiti on the back of Melania`s jacket! Anonymous can read some truth about the attempt to silence Robinson in Douglas Murray`s book The Strange Death of Europe. In Russia they threw Pussy Riot in jail. The only feminist to speak in solidarity with Robinson is Anne Marie Waters. Theresa May is too busy doing a grovelling curtsy to Royalty on tour. She prefers listening to people with nothing to say. How cheaply decadent can you get ? She tells us there`s a Brexit dividend for the NHS. But absolutely nothing about a dividend for council house building. Where are all our muslims with several wives (registered as single mothers) going to live ?

amcdonald
June 22nd, 2018
5:06 PM
Can you get more culturally disgusting than Shane Allen who runs BBC comedy output? He describes Monty Python as `six Oxbridge white blokes` and John Cleese (twitter) has started kicking him up the arse (metaphorically). Allen cites the disgusting `diversity` argument.. Surely the Muslim Council of Not Great Britain can make a case here too. Like Allen they have no sense of humour either. The `islamisation` of the BBC is well underway. And the BBC is using taxpayers money to fund it! How very `Muslim Brotherhood` of them. There`s no civilisation/free speech where there`s no sense of humour. Islam has no sense of humour and cannot appreciate anyone who has one. Halal Capone Inshallah,innit. Islam thinks it has the equivalent of the `divine right of kings`. Type in `contradictions in the koran` and see what superior intelligence our AI reveals. The hyperobject that is the internet is the ninth wonder of the world.

amcdonald
June 21st, 2018
4:06 PM
ForBritain is my new favourite political party. Anne Marie Waters is in Norwich on 21 July. The fascist `anti-fascists` who protested outside her public meetings are increasing her support. ForBritain is getting my vote. And it`s 100% pro-Brexit. Islam has no intention to integrate. Quite the reverse. Fortunately Brexit has made a politics of truth and intelligence possible. Anne Marie Waters deserves a statue next to Churchill and another one next to the new feminist one.

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