Why Twitter didn’t delete anti-Muslim tweets

Ivana Kottasová, reporting for CNN:

The anti-Muslim videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right party Britain First. They depict violent assaults and the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They also appear to violate the terms of use published by Twitter. It warns users: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Asked why the original tweets have not been deleted, a Twitter spokesperson said:

“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”

Translating the above PR jargon into English – Twitter are scared of losing Trump from their platform.

Can a non-Islamic government or court decide who is a Muslim?

When, in the 1970s, Ahmadis approached the South Africa High Court seeking to protect their human rights and sought a declaration that they are Muslims, the Sunnis, after failing to have the case dismissed on technical legal reasons, withdrew from the case using the excuse that a non-Muslim court of government does not have the right to decide who is, and who is not, a Muslim.

To our great astonishment we now find Sunnis in the UK demanding that the British government declare Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. The reason is that in front of a Western audience they have to hide behind Lahore-Ahmadiyya beliefs and hide their own.

Please tell us Sunni friends what has changed that now allows a non-Muslim government to decide who is, and who is not, a Muslim?

What is the real difference between the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect and other Muslim sects?

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement thus proclaims the absolute finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and also states that anyone that claims to be a Muslim must be accepted as a Muslim. No authority as the right to expel another Muslim from the fold of Islam; otherwise that leads to an environment of hostility and hatred amongst Muslims and leads to extremely bad consequences.

 

With that said, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement also emphasizes certain teachings of Islam that have come to be ignored or forsaken

Read the full article by Omair Raja here

French Minister Trashes Muslim Women With Anti-Black Slur

From alternet.org;

Laurence Rossignol made the comments on Thursday in an interview with RMC radio and BFM TV, during which she slammed retailers who design products for Muslim women, such as hijabs, arguing that these companies are “promoting the confinement of women’s bodies.”

When the journalist pressed Rossignol, arguing that some women choose to wear such items, the minister retorted: “Of course there are women who choose it. There were American negroes who were in favor of slavery.”

Absolutely shocking comments from the French Minister for family, children and women’s rights. If French members of Parliament are openly making comments like this, then what chance is there of integration in society?

How video games perpetuate Muslim stereotypes

From Nicole Lee on engadget;

“We are often just reduced to four or five stereotypes,” said Dr. Romana Ramzan, a game design lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. “It’s usually summed up by the clothes we wear. So if you’re a woman, you wear a hijab […] If you’re a man, you have a beard or wear your national dress.” She added that Muslims are also often portrayed as aggressive and violent. “In games, we will be represented as the ‘other’ people who are the ones you have to kill. Usually it’s a slightly dark-skinned character shouting Allahu Akbar, carrying an AK-47. Or he has a camel or a goat.”

Movies and video games often take their inspiration from current culture and news and at this point in history Islam and Muslims are seen as an easily identifiable “bad guy”. The easiest way to represent this “bad guy” is to fall back on stereotypes so that little explanation is needed and the story can quickly move forward. It is a point which is causing some Muslims to demand that changes are made as it reinforces negative images of Muslims. I certainly see the point being made, as shows like Homeland, do reinforce the idea that Muslims are all terrorists, however this is nothing new. For years during and after the Cold War Russians were stereotyped as the typical villain in movies, even as recently as last year Hollywood blockbusters were depicting Russians as the typical “bad guy”. After the World War II the Germans and Japanese become the villains.

So is this a demonisation of “The Muslims” or is this just the lazy way that Hollywood and the media work?

Khan also singled out upcoming titles like The Sun Also Rises (about civilians caught in the Afghan war), Dujanah (the story of a girl living in a Muslim country) and Saudi Girls Revolution (where the main characters are female motorcycle heroes who drive across post-apocalyptic Saudi Arabia) that show a different side of the Muslim world. The last in particular is a game developed by a Saudi prince, which Ismail said could inspire change.

Rather than complaining some people are taking direct action and working on titles which depict Muslims in a different light far removed from the usual stereotypes. More work like this is needed but as the Russians have found out little will change the medias’ ability to fall back on sloppy, lazy stereotypes.

Muslim women stopped from becoming Labour councillors

From the BBC News:

Muslim Women’s Network UK demanded an inquiry into “systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councillors”.

“They don’t like women to be heard, to be empowered,” it told BBC Newsnight.

Jean Khote, a sitting Labour councillor in Leicester, said good women candidates were barred by the membership in some areas with high Muslim populations – and that was kept from people higher up the party.

The mindsets of the Muslim men who came from Pakistan are in full affect in local politics in the UK.

There is no room in Islam for this kind of systematic abuse of women, cultural mindsets like this though are hard to break and I believe that there is little chance these men will ever change their ways, but this being the UK, these women at least have a way to protest to have these matters investigated and hopefully changed so that the next Muslim women who wants to stand can do so without being threatened and slandered.

The Muslims are coming

The following is an extract taken from Arun Kundnani’s book ‘The Muslims are coming’.

To be classed as moderate, Muslims must forget what they know about Palestin, Iraq and Afghanistan and instead align themselves with the fantasies of the war on terror; they are expected to constrain their religion to the private sphere but also to speak out publicly against extremists’ misinterpretations of Islam; they are supposed to see these lives as liberal individual but also declare an allegiance to the national collective; they are meant to put their capacity for reason above blind faith but not let it lead to criticisms of the West; and they have to publicly condemn using violence to achieve political ends-except when their own governments do so. 
No wonder moderate Muslims are hard to find.

One of the best dissections of the absurdity of the phenomenon of the ‘moderate Muslim’.

Do Muslim women need saving?

In recent years Abu-Lughod has struggled to reconcile the popular image of women victimized by Islam with the complex women she has known through her research in various communities in the Muslim world. Here, she renders that divide vivid by presenting detailed vignettes of the lives of ordinary Muslim women, and showing that the problem of gender inequality cannot be laid at the feet of religion alone. Poverty and authoritarianism—conditions not unique to the Islamic world, and produced out of global interconnections that implicate the West—are often more decisive. The standard Western vocabulary of oppression, choice, and freedom is too blunt to describe these women’s lives.

Lila Abu-Lughod is an anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for over thirty years. She disputes the claim that women need to be saved from Islam and in the video about argues that conditions like poverty have a far more serious impact on the well-being of women.

Poland rejects Muslim Refugees

The Independent is reporting;

Thousands of protesters have gathered in several Polish cities, as right-wing groups rallied against plans to resettle refugees in Europe while counter-protesters marched in solidarity with those seeking safety.

Around 10,000 right-wing protesters clutching the national flag assembled on the streets in the capital of Warsaw on Saturday, and chanted slogans including “Today refugees, tomorrow terrorists!“ and ”Poland, free of Islam!“.

Whilst the Polish Government has said it will only accept two thousand refugees over the next two years it has already allowed a private group to bring in 60 Christian families with the Prime Minister saying

Christians, subject to barbaric oppression in Syria, deserve today for a Christian country like Poland to react quickly and come to their aid.

This Christian only policy follows in the footsteps of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia whose Governments have annoumced a Christian only policy of settling refugees.

But as the NYTimes points out;

In the 1980s, during the period of Solidarity’s struggle against a Communist military dictatorship, over a million people escaped Poland, and were received and accepted in the West. And it wasn’t only the West that helped: During World War II, Iran took in over 100,000 Polish refugees fleeing the Soviet Union.

It seems that Poland has forgotten how in its time of need a Muslim nation was there to help, perhaps reflecting on this would help the Polish Government in accepting more than just two thousand refugees in the next two years. One can hope but in this age of rampant Islamophobia I highly doubt it.

Muslim Girls Banned from School

Some Western media and apologists often accuse Muslim men and Islam of controlling women and cite the use, by some women, of a head covering as evidence of such.

Yet all across Europe white men are passing laws to stop Muslim women wearing what they want. France has been in the news in the last few years for passing laws which restrict the freedom of women to cover their bodies if they wish to do so.

And now in the above video we find that thirty Muslim girls were sent home from a school in Belgium because their skirts were too long.

I have to wonder how the length of a girls skirt affects her ability to study at school and whether boys at this school have their trousers checked for how baggy they are..

This has nothing to do with protecting women and everything to do with demonising Islam and those who are followers of the faith.

Muslim Womens Council plans female led mosque

The Lahore Ahmadiyya UK branch has led the way in women taking a leading role mosques by having a woman give the Friday Khutba on more than one occasion. We have always stressed the importance of the role of women in society, not just as wives and mothers, but as leaders of the community.

Now it seems that the Muslim Women’s Council (MWC) is following in our footsteps and is consulting on the idea of having a female led Mosque, based in Bradford.

It wants Bradford’s communities to lead the way in empowering women to play a leading role in revitalising places of worship, in which Muslim women have been marginalised by mostly male-dominated mosques for many decades.

MWC’s chief executive Bana Gora said access was the biggest problem for women.

In an era in which many young people feel that their faith is no longer relevant, or are going to extremes, we want to be able to provide a safe space for them to question, learn and grow whilst having an appreciation of their heritage as well as the opportunity to make informed choices relevant to the 21st century.

Lets hope that the MWC can gain confidence from our lead and push this forward from just an idea being consulted on to a reality which will benefit thousands of women in and around the Bradford area.