Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hate-Speech: Amazon makes money selling Islamophobic ebooks & Racist "Swiss People's Party" Calls For Kristallnacht For Mosques

These images and speech against Islam are examples of Hate Speech if not banned at least on the net should come with a warning and disclaimer.
 One might read such a book for educational and research purposes that is researching bigotry, prejudices and racism and propaganda in this specific case for researching Islamophobia Propaganda comparing it to other forms of racist and religious bigotry ie Anti-Semitism.

 This sort of propaganda against Islam is not that different than attacks made by anti-semitic literature such as the bogus anti-semitic tract "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which unfortunately is still in circulation. Islamophobes themselves borrow a great deal from The Protocols to develop their own conspiracy theories about Muslims in Europe or America .

Amazon accused of peddling hate-speech ,eliminationist speech against Islam and Muslims.

  Islamophobia Watch - Documenting anti Muslim bigotry - Amazon makes money selling Islamophobic ebooks
Amazon has been accused of making money selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous ebooks on subjects ranging from bomb-making to drug growing. The internet giant sells a vast number of ebooks, downloaded by readers from its website, some for as little as £1. It allows anyone to upload an ebook for sale, without safeguards against content that would be refused by traditional publishers. One ebook, Prophet Muhammad: Monster of History, includes images of a Koran being burned and a woman being hanged. The author, Jake Neuman, says of its content on his own website: "The writings contained in this book are now illegal in most Western countries." But users of can access his work at the click of a mouse.
The Muslim Council of Britain has now called for Amazon to "take proper responsibility" for the content of the books on its site. They added: "Freedom of expression should not be unlimited, and publications that cause anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Jewish hatred or homophobic hatred should not be allowed." Any potential self-publisher can use Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service to upload their ebook for sale, charging as little as 77p to potential readers.
Amazon instructs self-publishers to adhere to "content guidelines", stating, for example, that "we don't accept pornography". But critics say the company does not go far enough. Labour MP Paul Flynn said: "If Amazon is providing the platform for books that wouldn't be published otherwise, it is responsible. This is a cavalier attitude to inflammatory material." Daily Mail, 25 June 2012 Via ENGAGE

And another shades of Kristallnacht moment (seeIisrael's Kristallnacht against African immigrants)when a Swiss politician of the SVP Swiss People's Party stated that those opposed to Islam in his country should have a Kristallnacht for Mosques and Muslims to send a message that they are not wanted in Switzerland. SVP politician urges new Kristallnacht for mosques by Islamophobia Watch, June 26,2012
Alexander Müller, a Zurich politician from the far-right Swiss People's Party has caused outrage by appearing to call for "another Kristallnacht" in a hateful anti-Islamic tweet. The offending message, which has since been taken down from Müller's @DailyTalk account, said: "Maybe we need another Kristallnacht… this time for mosques."
The Zurich prosecutor is considering whether to launch a formal criminal investigation into Müller, who also works as a school nurse. "It is possible that the Twitter post breached the criminal provisions on racism," Corinne Bouvard, spokeswoman for the Zurich prosecutor's office, told the website.
The Young Greens have also called for Müller's immediate resignation from his position as school nurse. Müller denies writing the post, and has alleged that someone forged it, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported. In other tweets, he has previously been seen to make fun of beauty contests in Saudi Arabia, voiced his opposition to integration and the "Islamization" of the country, and accused Muslims of trying to litter the country with mosques and minarets. The Local, 26 June 2012 Via Loonwatch and Islamophobia Today
Update: Müller has since admitted that he was responsible for the tweet and has resigned from the SVP. His employer has also terminated his contract. Müller is under criminal investigation and has had his house searched by police and his computer confiscated. The JTA reports that Dr Herbert Winter, president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, has condemned Muller's comment as "very offensive" to both Jews and Muslims because it "implies that Muslims deserve Kristallnacht treatment as the Jews deserved it in 1938".

For reality check see: "Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism Mainstream and Moderate Attitudes POLL " at Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life, August 30, 2011
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques, and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years. Muslims in the United States continue to reject extremism by much larger margins than most other Muslim publics, and a higher percentage views U.S. efforts to combat terrorism as sincere than did so in 2007.
At the same time, majorities of Muslim Americans express concerns about Islamic extremism here and abroad – worries that coexist with the view that life in post-9/11 America is more difficult for U.S. Muslims. Based on interviews with 1,033 Muslim Americans conducted this year (April 14-July 22) in English, Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, the wide-ranging report looks at Muslim Americans’ political and social attitudes; religious views and practices; experiences and difficulties faced after 9/11; views of Islamic extremism; views of U.S. efforts at combating terrorism; and views of national conditions. In addition to updating trends from earlier Pew Research surveys, the report includes comparisons of Muslim Americans with the general public and with Muslims in other countries, as well as detailed demographic information.
The Pew research shows a growth of the number of Muslims in the USA " rising from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030 ... The Muslim share of the U.S. population (adults and children) is projected to grow from 0.8% in 2010 to 1.7% in 2030, making Muslims roughly as numerous as Jews or Episcopalians are in the United States today." So the threat of the USA being flooded and overwhelmed by the Muslim American population is an exaggeration and a result of scaremongering against Muslim Americans. This is a far cry from the figures exaggerated by anti-Islamic individuals and groups in the USA. For instance in a recent article the Muslim population was erroneously calculated to be currently 6 million Muslim Americans. Even president Obama has used erroneous figures from 4 to 6 million Muslim Americans for his own political reasons . Screen shot of graph Pew Research

and : The Future of the Global Muslim Population Projections for 2010-2030 , at Pew Forum, ANALYSIS January 27, 2011

 If current trends continue, however, 79 countries will have a million or more Muslim inhabitants in 2030, up from 72 countries today.1 A majority of the world’s Muslims (about 60%) will continue to live in the Asia-Pacific region, while about 20% will live in the Middle East and North Africa, as is the case today.
But Pakistan is expected to surpass Indonesia as the country with the single largest Muslim population. The portion of the world’s Muslims living in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to rise; in 20 years, for example, more Muslims are likely to live in Nigeria than in Egypt. Muslims will remain relatively small minorities in Europe and the Americas, but they are expected to constitute a growing share of the total population in these regions. 
 In the United States, for example, the population projections show the number of Muslims more than doubling over the next two decades, rising from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030, in large part because of immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims.
The Muslim share of the U.S. population (adults and children) is projected to grow from 0.8% in 2010 to 1.7% in 2030, making Muslims roughly as numerous as Jews or Episcopalians are in the United States today. Although several European countries will have substantially higher percentages of Muslims, the United States is projected to have a larger number of Muslims by 2030 than any European countries other than Russia and France.

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