IN BRITAIN: Politics of Islamophobia vs. Hope Not Hate Campaign

Date: July 2011

What do Congressman Peter King, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich have in common with British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France?

Playing with Islamophobia!

In 2005, when David Cameron led the Tory Party, he was a moderate on immigration. But today, he is strident as he confronts a 74 percent increase in the Muslim population. “Britons, fortified by a much more active, muscular liberalism, would no longer truckle to politically correct notions of passive tolerance,” says the Prime Minister. Cameron conflates immigration, integration and security issues in framing the battle against terrorism as a culture war.