In the last decade there has been a sharp rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic feeling throughout Europe and the U.S.A. What could be the cause of this?
The Islamophobic narrative claims that the West is under attack by an alien and insidious ideology, brought to its shores by immigration, cultivated and unresisted by a weak and intimidated ‘Liberal establishment’. Under this narrative, various Islamophobic groups and individuals in the UK have risen under the banner patriotism to fight against this perceived threat to Britain, and re-claim their country for its people.
The rise of hatred against Islam masks rising discontent against immigration and economic policies, and the ‘clash of civilisations’ narrative is merely a scapegoat that allows the UK government to deflect from explaining the blowback resulting from its foreign policy. Muslims living in the UK are no more likely to be a threat to British society then any other community, but like the Jews of the 20s and 30s, they are now the target of xenophobia and mistrust. If the Fascists can successfully cultivate this hatred, they may be able to make change to the landscape of British politics permanently into a dark future which threatens values of tolerance, co-existence and right of conscience for all.
Which of these narratives is true? The Muslim Debate Initiative invites controversial speakers for both points of view to openly debate this important topic for the British community.
There will be a question and answer session for the audience to participate and address the speakers.
Tommy Robinson, leader of the English Defence League (EDL), debates Abdullah Al Andalusi, speaker and Muslim thinker on the burning question: Is Islam a threat to the west, or is Islamophobia a threat? – you decide.The event will be held on 4th October 2012, in the Conway Hall, Holborn, Central London, UK. Event begins at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Hall capacity, 350.
UPDATE: Conway Hall has cancelled the Hall booking, please await further updates to a new location, time/date for this debate.