Muslim Council of Britain statement on impact of Boris Johnson's comments

By agency reporter
August 11, 2018

The Muslim Council of Britain has today (11 August 2018)  released the following statement on the impact of Boris Johnson's comments this week:

Since Boris Johnson’s Islamophobic remarks comparing Muslim women who wear the niqab to robbers and letterboxes, his words have had a negative and potentially dangerous effect on Muslim women and Muslims generally.

On LBC radio, a Muslim woman recounted her experience of being abused on the street and mocked by being compared to a letterbox. A Muslim woman and her children were abused outside a medical centre. Another Muslim woman was called a “f***ing letterbox” by a lady in Parsons Green. Two pensioners began to loudly mock the niqab as they watched a BBC News interview in the waiting area [of a GP surgery] in front of a Muslim woman wearing the hijab.

And Vice News revealed a wave of abusive Islamophobic commentary on ConservativeHome, a website popular with Conservative activists. This comes two days after Tory supporters in the Conservative Politics Society group, which changed its name from Conservative Debating Forum after the Red Roar revealed that it regularly hosted Islamophobic content, gleefully repeated Johnson’s “letterbox” and “bank robber” jibes, including one demanding “kick all Muslims out of our country” adding “got to love Boris”.

At the Muslim Council of Britain, we have also received hate mail.

One read ‘Boris Johnson was saying what most of us think about your pathetic phoney religion and the pathetic hiqab or whatever the stupid thing is called , this is NOT  your country look what you put tommy robinson through  you are all barbarians [sic].’

Another reads:  ‘BORIS IS RIGHT   –  MUSLIM WOMEN LOOK LIKE “LETTER BOXES” & BANK ROBBERS” & “ISLAM IS THE PROBLEM ” –  YOU MUSLIMS FOLLOW A SICK EVIL CROSS DRESSING GROOMING PEDOPHILE RAPIST SEX SLAVE MURDERING WARLORD – FACT & FREEDOM OF SPEECH – STOP CRYING  ABOUT IT.’

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “The impact of Boris Johnson’s comments are real and worrying and indicate the importance of a full, transparent and independent investigation into his conduct, in particular given the lack of action in previous cases of Islamophobia in the Party.

“The comments and belief by a number of Conservative MPs that not even an apology is required, has shone a light on the underbelly of Islamophobia that is present within the Party – one that can only be tackled by sincerely changing course and positively responding to calls for an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party.”

* Muslim Council of Britain http://www.mcb.org.uk/

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