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Islamophobic hoax exposed

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Islamophobic hoax exposed

Tahir Alam – who has been the target of an Islamophobic campaign, originating in the Sunday Times and subsequently taken up by a number of other media outlets including BBC News, which claimed that there was a “Islamic plot” to take over Birmingham schools and even that this was a case of “terrorism in the UK” – has issued a press statement refuting the allegations.

Responding to the “leaked” letter outlining the supposed plot, Tahir Alam condemns “the baseless and false assertions that have been made in this anonymous, unsigned and undated document, the authenticity of which any decent and fair-minded person would question and quite quickly conclude as a hoax”.

Indeed, as even the most cursory read through the document will confirm, it is quite obviously faked. The fact that it has been taken seriously in the news media is a worrying reflection of the extent to which anti-Muslim prejudice in the UK today has destroyed journalists’ capacity for critical thinking when it comes to evaluating spurious Islamophobic propaganda.

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9 Comments »

  1. Muslim’s are to blame for Islamophobia. No one else. AND until Muslims see this things will continue on their current course. Stop being arrogant as the Christians are and show off with heart full of pride. (Pride is a deadly sin) In part this is why pride is so bad.

    Do what you preach and be peaceful. Be tolerant, kind, giving, peaceful and you’ll find far fewer issues as far as the rest of the world is concerned.

  2. So now people are coming up with a new version of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion?” Ugh.

  3. Shows how dumb journalists are

  4. And everyday normal guy, change your name to weirdo strange deluded guy

  5. It may well have been a hoax. But are we really expected to believe it was – merely on the basis of a single sentence denial from Tahir Alam? Just because he says so ? ? ?

    It was delivered by the national media as a serious story. If its not true, then we deserve better reasons for accepting that it is false.

    Its simply not good enough to say “Its not true cos I say so.” and “Its obviously false.”

    If you are serious about exposing Islamaphobia then you need to do a lot better than that to get your point over. Unless you do, the British public will continue to accept what they were first told.

  6. It may well have been a hoax. But are we really expected to believe it was – merely on the basis of a single sentence denial from Tahir Alam? Just because he says so ? ? ?

    It was delivered by the national media as a serious story. If its not true, then we deserve better reasons for accepting that it is false.

    Its simply not good enough to say “Its not true cos I say so.” and “Its obviously false.”

    If you are serious about exposing Islamaphobia then you need to do a lot better than that to get your point over. Unless you do, the British public will continue to accept what they were first told.

  7. Some people don’t think there’s enough information here to conclude this is a hoax. This Guardian article has more info about the fraud investigation: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/13/alleged-islamic-plot-birmingham-schools-possible-hoax. It’s probably related to a human resources complaint in the School District.

  8. jibreel you make more sense than most here who dont want to admit the truth that Muslims cause themselves most of their problems and ignore any thing bad Muslims do and simply blame everyone else for not looking the other way as they do

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