Christian MPs blast 'Nazi-like' Sun column

Modesto Morganelli
Августа 17, 2017

The controversial column has already prompted complaints to the press regulator from Jewish and Muslim groups who compared it to Nazi propaganda.

They asked for the article to be retracted and to "consider whether Mr Kavanagh's brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper".

Kavanagh said it was now "acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem" and asked "What will we do about The Muslim Problem?" after Brexit.

A columnist in The Sun recently spoke against Islam in the most "Nazi-like language" and has written it regarding the Muslim/Pakistani community of Britain.

The letter, seen exclusively by the Independent, forms part of a joint effort from MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and the Green party to demand the paper addresses "the bigotry that has always been present" in the columns of the Sun, particularly in reference to the latest column it published by the paper's former political editor Trevor Kavanagh.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner were also among the signatories.

Although not appearing in the list of signatories, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the contents of the letter, claiming the newspaper had "published statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities".

The letter to The Sun's editor - signed by 107 MPs - was organised by the Labour MP Naz Shah and includes prominent politicians, including former Cabinet ministers Baroness Warsi and Anna Soubry.

Her Committee would pursue "inquiries on hate crime, far right extremism & islamophobia" which are "more important than ever" following the Sun article and the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. After his piece was published and went viral, more than 100 cross-party politicians have signed an open letter demanding action, reported The Independent.

Press regulator IPSO has received 200 complaints about the Kavanagh column. "That is wrong, risky and must be condemned, as Naz Shah's public letter does in the clearest possible terms", he added.

The Sun gave Miqdaad Versi of the UK Muslim Council a right-of-reply on its letters page, which he used to condemn the article.

Mr Kavanagh's article used the term "The Muslim Problem" when claiming the race of a Pakistani grooming gang in Easter was glossed over in the interests of political correctness.

"We are sure you are aware how media reporting about Islam and Muslims has created an atmosphere of hostility against Muslims and that hate crime against Muslims is on the rise".

But a spokesperson for The Sun denied the allegation against Trevor Kavanagh.

Muslims in the United Kingdom have been suffering from rising hate crimes in the country over the past several moths. In response they said, "He is reflecting the links between immigration, religion and crime in the context of a trial of largely Pakistani sex gangs".

The paper has responded by saying this is a "deliberate misreading of a very serious subject". "Furthermore, it was never the intention that other elements of the column would be equated to Nazi-like terminology".

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