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by Johanna Markind • Fri, 26 Feb 2016, 8:57 AM
Britain's Labour Party didn't have a very good month.
On February 5, the BBC reported that Muslim Women's Network UK had "demanded an inquiry into 'systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councilors.'" Specifically, they alleged that Muslim men within the Labour party had obstructed their access to the levers of power by blocking them from running for office on the Labour ticket. They also claimed that women's advocacy of various causes, including women's rights and gay rights, had been squelched. Tactics had included spreading false and defamatory claims about women who refused to toe the line.
MWNUK's chairwoman Shaista Gohir wrote, "As this is an open secret and has been going on for decades, we can only assume that the Labour Party has been complicit at the highest levels." Labour's response reportedly failed to address the women's specific allegations, and also failed to indicate that it would look into the issue any further.
by Johanna Markind • Sun, 14 Feb 2016, 11:17 AM
What to do with Islamist prisoners? Should they be segregated, in which case they may further radicalize each other; or diffused, in which case they may radicalize other prisoners – as happened with the Charlie Hebdo-Hyper Cacher jihadis? Currently, France and the United Kingdom are grappling with this issue.
France is in the process of segregating radicalized prisoners in dedicated prison blocks in five prisons around the country. Those eligible for segregation consist mostly of those convicted of terror offenses, but include other "selected" prisoners as well. The French prisons appear to have devised a detection tool measuring likelihood of radicalization, or perhaps, of committing jihadi violence. The article refers to a "'detection grid' assessing personality, background, and observed religious behavior." Unfortunately, no information is given about the data or methodology behind it. (By way of example, the Salient Factor Score used for measuring likelihood of recidivism by parole-eligible federal prisoners relies on data collected from 1,806 cases studies.)
by Johanna Markind • Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 2:16 PM
This week, the Sun reported that over 1 in 5 prisoners in top-security UK prisons is Muslim. Specifically, 1,229 out of 5,885 prisoners incarcerated in Category A prisons – those convicted of the most serious offenses – are Muslim. That works out to 20.88% of the UK's Category A prisoners.
By contrast, fewer than 1 in 20 people in the UK is Muslim. Roughly 2,706,066 or 4.8% out of a population of 56,075,912 identified as Muslim, according to the UK's 2011 census. (Given that the UK's total population is elsewhere identified as 63.2 million, the actual Muslim percentage may be closer to 4.28%.)
by Johanna Markind • Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 8:52 AM
Consider this syllogism:
A recently-published British government report concludes that "membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism," according to Prime Minister David Cameron. The report also notes that the British government was mistaken in believing it shared a common agenda with the Muslim Brotherhood against al-Qaeda and militant Salafism in general. Cameron said the government would be more careful in the future not to provide legitimacy or a platform for the Muslim Brotherhood.
by Johanna Markind • Thu, 5 Nov 2015, 5:11 PM
US Prisons, October 2015:
by Johanna Markind • Sat, 17 Oct 2015, 9:12 PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron has honored a campaign promise by requiring police nationwide to record anti-Muslim hate crimes. Current records are spotty. Some police forces, including London's Scotland Yard, do record anti-Muslim crimes, but others do not.
Explaining the move, the government said:
If the national statistics are consistent with those of London, they will likely show that anti-Muslim hate crimes spike after Islamist violence like the murder of Lee Rigby, but that even so, the rate of anti-Muslim crime is far lower than that against another religious group, namely, Jews. During the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2015, there were 816 anti-Muslim crimes, or one hate-crime incident for every 1,241 Muslims, and 499 anti-Jewish hate crimes, one for every 299 Jews in London.
by Johanna Markind • Fri, 2 Oct 2015, 8:24 AM
On September 20, while appearing on NBC's Meet the Press program, presidential candidate Ben Carson told interviewer Chuck Todd that he did not believe Islam to be consistent with the U.S. Constitution and would not advocate electing a Muslim as president.
The next day, he doubled down, saying he did not "believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country. Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that's inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution."
A day later, Tuesday, Carson tried to calm the waters, stating that the issue was only theoretical. He also said he could support someone with a Muslim background who is "willing to reject the tenets [of Islam] and accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place the Constitution above their religion."
by Johanna Markind • Tue, 8 Sep 2015, 3:34 PM
Yesterday, London's Metropolitan Police (a/k/a Scotland Yard) released hate crime figures for the year that ended June 30, 2015. During that period, there were 816 anti-Muslim crimes, up 71% from the 478 crimes the year before. There were 499 anti-Jewish hate crimes, up 93% from the 258 crimes the year before. In all, London police reported 13,007 hate crimes motivated by race and/or religion; they were not broken down except for crimes targeting Muslims and Jews.
Westminster was reportedly the borough with the highest number of anti-Muslim incidents during this time period, with 54. Hackney and Barnet were reportedly the boroughs with the highest number of anti-Jewish incidents, with 122 and 120, respectively. About 60% of the anti-Muslim hate crimes targeted women. Details about the anti-Jewish crimes were a bit more difficult to come by.
by Johanna Markind • Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 8:55 AM
In an article published by PJ Media and republished today by Islamist Watch, Johanna Markind examines the phenomenon of taxpayer-supported halal lunches in American public schools. Here are a couple of thought questions to consider: (1) Does it violate the U.S. Constitution's Establishment and/or Equal Protection Clauses for the government to provide lunches meeting the dietary requirements of one religion but not others? (2) Would it violate the Establishment Clause if the government were to provide public school lunches meeting the dietary requirements of all religions?
There will be a test later.
by Johanna Markind • Sun, 30 Aug 2015, 3:50 PM
The current issue of the New Yorker reports that, according to Paris-based Iranian sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar, "of France's 64,000 prisoners, up to 60% are Muslim. (Muslims are thought to compose only 8% of the population.)"
Based on data from 2011, Pew Research Center estimated that Muslims made up 9% of the 1,598,780 state and federal prisoners in the United States. Pew also reported that as of 2010, about 0.8% of the U.S. population was Muslim, up from 0.6% in 1990. Data allegedly provided by the federal Bureau of Prisons reported that, as of 1997, Muslims made up 7.27% of the federal prison population.
In other words, Muslims are overrepresented in the French prison population by 7.5 times their percentage of the population. In the United States, although their overall percentage is smaller, Muslims are overrepresented in the prison population by 11.25 times their percentage of the population.