You may be aware that
in January 2002, Lord Avebury introduced a Religious Offences Bill in
the House of Lords, this Bill seeks to create a new offence relating to
the incitement of religious hatred. It is apparent that existing
legislation fails to offers Muslims adequate protection from incitement
of religious hatred .
backlash against the Muslim community in the wake of 11th September,
legislation was sought to address this anomaly in the law. Although this
new legislation succeeded in affording protection against harassment,
violence and criminal damage to property motivated by religious hatred
it failed in retaining the provisions on incitement.
Muslims, as well as
other multi-ethnic religious communities in the UK are, therefore, still
not protected against the offence of incitement of religious hatred. The
second part of the Avebury Bill seeks to extend the necessary protection
from INCITEMENT OF RELIGIOUS HATRED to ALL religious groups and is
particularly important to Muslims for a number of reasons:
The result of such
lack of protection is that the British National Party’s (BNP) are able
to incite hatred against Muslims with impunity.
Furthermore as a
result of international events and the rise of the far right across
Europe, Muslims in Britain today are fair game. This has resulted in
widespread outbursts of Islamophobic attacks.
If the Avebury Bill
becomes law, it could prove invaluable in curbing the ability of the
BNP and other right-wing organisations, and protect against the
incitement of religious hatred.
We urge you to
participate in this campaign by writing to your MP and to the Select
Committee on Religious Affairs, encouraging them to support the bill.
For your convenience we have attached model letters, please use these
as templates, remember to include the date, your name, contact details
and signature as appropriate. Please aim to have the letters sent off by
August the 30th 2002.
To download examples
of anti-slamic BNP literature please click on the links below.. Attach
this literature with the letters to the Parliamentarians.
Letter to MPs
List of MP's
Letter to Select Comittee
BNP Poster 1
BNP Poster 2
BNP Poster 3