Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Is it starting?

From the Guardian:

A Muslim man has been beaten to death outside a corner shop by a gang of youths who shouted anti-Islamic abuse at him, the Guardian has learned.

Kamal Raza Butt, 48, from Pakistan, was visiting Britain to see friends and family. On Sunday afternoon he went to a shop in Nottingham to buy cigarettes and was first called "Taliban" by the youths and then set upon.

Nottinghamshire police described the incident as racially aggravated, not as Islamophobic, angering Muslim groups and surprising some senior officers.

They say it was not connected to a backlash against Muslims following the London bombings, which has seen mosques firebombed and Muslims attacked in the street.

Bobbies in the UK can read minds?

On Monday the case was discussed at the Muslim Safety Forum, where senior police officers and Muslim community representatives meet. Senior sources who were at the meeting last night said it was the view of all present that the killing was a hate crime triggered by his faith.

How did the kids know he wasn't Christian, Jewish or an Atheist?

Muslim leaders last night said the killing and the fact that it was Islamophobic would heighten anxiety in their communities, which was already high before the London bombings and which has deepened with every report of attacks.

The man was punched and fell to the ground and later died in hospital. Police have yet to officially announce the results of a postmortem examination. Azad Ali, who chairs the Muslim Safety Forum, said: "You can't class this as racist, there was no racist abuse shouted at him, it was Islamophobic. "It is good the police have made arrests. We are disappointed that they have misclassified it, especially after all the advice to be more alert to Islamophobic hate crime."

Speaking of 'misclassified," the BBC is having trouble pronouncing "terrorist" when referring to the Islamo's who murdered their countrymen on Thursday. When the Beeb says "terrorist," it sounds an awful lot like "bomber." Here's why:
The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and
bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was
disclosed yesterday.

Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke
of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply
as "bombers".

The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the
"careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments".

Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than
an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines
say.

In the UK, Muslim extremists have to murder more than 50 people before they can be called "terrorists."

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