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By Pete Moore On April 10th, 2019

The world’s greatest living intellectual, Sir Roger Scruton, was an advisor to the government until today. But he gave an interview to The New Statesman in which he said some unfashionable things. Thanks to liberal tolerance, debate and contra-arguments are out. Sacking a man and barring him from the public space is in. Among the things he said in that interview, Scruton claimed that so-called Islamophobia had been “invented by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue”. Ironically and comically, the unconservative government sacked him for it.

But “Islamophobia” is exactly what he said, a nonsense word which describes nothing. It’s a propaganda tool employed to silence opponents of clerical fascism. The left was once against clerical fascism, but not so much now. Christopher Hitchens was against it, but then he was a pretty consistent and intellectually honest leftist. Unlike the sneering, dishonest rabble of today.

It’s now that we really miss Hitchens, because he would have been right at Scruton’s defence –


  1. The Islamists love “Islamophobia” because they see it as their equivalent to anti-semitism. But it should never be accepted as such, for the simple reason that anti-semitism is a form of racism because the Jews are an identifiable race. Whereas muslims exist in dozens of races, so criticism of their blood-thirsty sky-god and his followers can never be racist.

  2. I miss Hitch…… he always looked like he just left the pub.

  3. Yes Pete, but you have (for whatever reason) omitted some of Scruton’s other comments in that interview. These included comments about George Soros, which could be construed as anti-semitic. I know that you are totally cool with anti-semitism, but:

    – There is no context in which it is ok to refer to a “Soros empire” (an anti-semitic trope).


  4. “Whereas muslims exist in dozens of races”

    So do Jews. Unless you are suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Mizarchi Jews, Sephardic Jews etc… are all the same race.

  5. Seamus

    So your view is that anti-semitism cannot be described as racism?

  6. I think it is racism, of sort, in the same way that anti-Irish bigotry is racism, anti-French bigotry is racism. But if you are playing the Islamaphobia isn’t racism because Islam isn’t a race, then antisemitism isn’t racism as neither is Judaism.

    Personally I think both, if not per se racism, are on a par with racism.

  7. Islamophobia is a clumsy term but it has become the generic term for describing hostility to Muslims which should be correctly regarded as seperate to criticism or hostility towards the religious creed of Islam or indeed any other faith system.Expressing hostility towards an ideology or practise ( religious beliefs, nationalism, homosexuality Etc. ) shouldn’t be restricted or regarded as something to be penalised for. Promoting or practising hostility and discrimination against groups of people ( Jews, Gays, Muslims, Ethnic groups) is unjustified.

  8. Holy Quaran ch3 verse 151

    “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”

    Revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) by almighty God Allah himself. If you are not a Moslem and do not suffer from Islamaphobia, you are directly disobeying the command of Allah.

  9. You can’t disobey the command of an entity that doesn’t exist 😉

  10. Patrick Van Roy,

    I miss Hitch…… he always looked like he just left the pub.

    That’s probably because he had. 😀

  11. Whether you use the word islamophobia or not, people can still have a negative opinion about Islam, or indeed any other religion.
    However, I agree that Muslim extremists are pushing islamophobia to promote a political agenda.
    I also really miss Christopher Hitchens.

  12. There is always going to be a group of people who use the bigotry shown towards their group to their advantage. There are supporters of the State of Israel who cry antisemitism at the merest suggestion of criticism of Israel. There are extremist Muslims who use Islamophobia as a shield to defend their undependable actions. Diane Abbott uses racism as a crutch.

    That doesn’t take away from the fact that all of these things do exist.

    Criticising Islam, or a Muslim, for things that are wrong is not Islamophobia, in the same way calling out Diane Abbott, or Al Sharpton, or Jussie Smollett, is not racism. But criticising all Muslims for the actions of a minority is. Holding to stereotypes is. Attacking people due to their faith, regardless of positives or negatives, is. Disliking them simply because they are different to you is.

  13. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of Islamophobia, or Italophobia or Sinophobia or Hibernophobia or whatever you’re having yerself. People naturally dislike certain characteristics that they, rightly or wrongly, attribute to one nation or group, unsually based on individual experience or something they’ve heard. Stupid, yes, but not particularly bad or dangerous.

    A society that tolerates a bit of Antisemitism or anti-black hatred, notwithstanding the extra ugliness of these hatreds due to our history, is also probably healthier than one that puts a taboo on them.

  14. It depends on what you mean by tolerate. I don’t believe it should be a criminal matter. However I, personally, will take a pretty negative view on those who espouse racist, or antisemitic, or Islamophobic, ideas and tropes.

    I don’t think they should be in prison. I will still think they’re a dick.

  15. //However I, personally, will take a pretty negative view on those who espouse racist, or antisemitic//

    So will I. But I think such negative stereotyping is part of human nature (without generalisations mankind would never have survived) and as such not particularly bad.

    There are undeniable tendencies or traits among different national groups. Would you be more likely to be told blatant lies by a casual acquaintance in Italy or one in Norway, for example?

    If, say, you are the type of person who detests stupid lies, then you will naturally generalise and have, at least on this point, a distaste for Italians (or Irish, for that matter). If on the other hand you like open, communicative people, the situation will be “all vice versa”, as the man said.

    It’s no big deal. There’s a lot to be liked and disliked in all people, but folks will exercise their preferences.

    I also believe in social tension. Obviously when it boils over into violence as in Israel/Palestine or, until recently, northern Ireland, that’s bad. But friction between different ethnic groups or factions is a very healthy and productive thing.
    That’s why it’s also good to be a minority, especially one where there’s a certain amount of friction, and why minorities generally perform better (and specifically why Jews have performed extremely well in almost all cultures). Have you ever wondered why, Protestant writers in S. Ireland and Catholic writers in N. Ireland were/are so successful?

    But that only works if there’s no molly-coddling of the minority. People should be more robust in dealing with each other and trust their instincts more than the mood of the day. Then everyone’s a winner.

  16. The problem with social tension is that it will eventually boil over into something much more problematic. The antisemitism suffered by Jewish people in Germany was relatively minor. But it festered. And 6 million people were murdered because of it.

    Allowing hate to fester causes untold misery. I think there is a distinction between not molly-coddling minorities and openly abusing them.

  17. Colm: “You can’t disobey the command of an entity that doesn’t exist 😉”

    It is irrelevant that you do or do not think Allah exists. It’s what the followers of Allah’s apostle (pbuh) think that matters.