Iran,  Islamism,  Islamophobia

Islamophobe of the Year Awards revived

In 2006, the amusingly-named Islamic Human Rights Commission of the UK held an Islamophobe of the Year competition, for which Harry’s Place was nominated by one of our readers.

I never found out if we won, but the competition was pretty tough. Now, after several years of neglect, the Khomeinist IHRC– which sponsors the Khomeini-inspired anti-Israel al-Quds Day event in London— has reactivated the awards.

So far we are not on the list of this year’s nominees, which includes some genuine anti-Muslim bigots along with such remarkable choices as Barack Obama, Maajid Nawaz, Theresa May and Francois Hollande (“for the invasion of Mali”).

The inclusion of Hollande is especially noteworthy, since his decision to send French troops to Mali has probably saved thousands of Muslims from death, torture, rape and other brutal treatment at the hands of Islamist radicals.

By contrast the two living men responsible for more death and suffering among Muslims than anyone else– Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir and Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad– have notably not been nominated.

(I proposed al-Bashir to the IHRC in 2006 for the genocide in Darfur, but my suggestion was ignored.)

The IHRC describes the awards ceremony as “an evening of comedy mayhem”– which may have displeased the late Imam Khomeini in whichever region of Hell he hopefully occupies:

“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”

[source: Meeting in Qom “Broadcast by radio Iran from Qom on 20 August 1979.” quoted in Taheri, The Spirit of Allah (1985) p.259)]