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Rejection of ‘Islamophobia’ definition

July 2019

Westminster has rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, with campaigners arguing this could have brought in blasphemy laws by the back door and posed serious legal complications.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the House of Commons on 16 May the definition was out of line with the Equality Act 2010 and had ‘potential consequences for freedom of speech’.

In the same week as the debate, more than 40 religious leaders and experts warned in a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid the definition could be a ‘backdoor blasphemy law’ that will limit free speech.

In 2017, Barnabas Fund highlighted the distinction between opposition to Muslim people and opposition to Islamic ideology.