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Islamophobia Awards 2015: Vote now! - VOTING IS CLOSED

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Voting is now closed - the winners will be announced on Saturday, 7 March

Join us for an evening of comedy mayhem as we recognise the worst Islamophobes from around the world. It's all down to you - you nominate and vote for the worst offenders. The winners will be announced at our fundraising awards ceremony on Saturday 7 March 2015 with an additional prize awarded to the worst overall Islamophobe.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to start voting!!!

UK_NOMINEES

UK NOMINEES:

Michael Gove - For his involvement in the Trojan Horse row where he ordered investigations into several Muslim schools in the country. "Nowhere has moral clarity been more lacking in British state policy over the last ten to fifteen years than in our approach to the Islamist threat"

Theresa May - Stripping Britons of their citizenship without due process, other counter terrorism laws and the PREVENT strategy

David Cameron - For a number of reasons but also imposing 'British values' on Muslims while not defining what they are

Eric Pickles - Implied that Muslims are inherently disloyal or less British than an assumed norm with a letter sent to over 1000 Muslim leaders in the country

Maajid Nawaz - "There's an ideological current among Muslims globally generating sympathy for the same aims as ISIL: enforcing a view of Sharia as law. I call this ideologoy Islamism"

Tommy Robinson - Spoke of his convictions that a civil war between Muslims and non-Muslims is destined to occur unless something is done to tackle 'extremism'

UKIP - Muslims are UKIP's sworn enemies, they bring disease, Muslims have a "contempt for human life" – need we say more?

Richard Dawkins - "But, nice moderates, WHY do you stay Muslim? Give one reason? Just one?" / "People always go on about the negative side of Islam and ignore the good things about it. Yes. . . Er, what good things? Name a single one."

Metropolitan Police - Anti-terrorism being used as a justification for racial profiling against Asians, Blacks and people of Middle Eastern appearance

William Shawcross - "The problem of Islamist extremism is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. And it is, alas, growing." More than a quarter of the statutory investigations that have been launched by the Charity Commission since April 2012 and remain open have targeted Muslim organisations

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Co-signed Eric Pickles' letter where Muslim leaders were urged to do more to counteract religious extremism

Birkbeck University - In 2014 the college bowed to Islamophobic pressure and Britain First intervention, cancelling a conference it was supposed to host – ON Islamophobia

UK Government - For helping to create an environment where Muslims feel like they are the "suspect community" and that they have to constantly apologise for things they have not done

NEWS_MEDIA_NOMINEES

NEWS MEDIA NOMINEES:

Sam Harris – "This disparity between Islam and every other religion is so obvious, in fact, that it is somehow considered a low blow to point it out. However, it remains the case that only the Muslim community reliably threatens its critics with violence—not just in the Middle East, but everywhere." But really just about anything on his blog would suffice

The Sun - For headlines like 'Muslim Convert Beheads Woman In Garden' and 'Halal Secret Of Pizza Express'

Katie Hopkins – just one quote of many (and by many, we mean MANY): "Don't tell me halal meat is pre-stunned. What is Islam without inflicting maximum pain and suffering?"

Nick Ferrari – "for years we allowed hate-filled preachers to spread their messages of evil and unrest to vulnerable young recruits outside mosques each week with police just watching and doing nothing more than making up the numbers."

Melanie Phillips – "Believing that Islamic terrorism is motivated by an ideology which has 'hijacked' and distorted Islam, it will not acknowledge the extremism within mainstream Islam itself."

Douglas Murray - There's been a rise in Muslim infants? Definitely a bad thing. Muslims are already awful enough without making babies too

Andrew Gilligan  – predominantly for his coverage of Operation Trojan Horse where he wrote on "radical schools" and "Islamisation"

FOX News – does there even need to be text here?

John Ware - Ware claims that anti-Semitism is "entirely irrational" however Islamophobia "is reactive." And therefore also justifiable?

Eric Zemmour – wants to deport 5 million French Muslims

Andrew Bolt – "Australia's top Muslim leaders have betrayed us again. Should we finally conclude the real problem is not their weakness but their faith?"

Paul Sheehan - "A de facto world war is under way and it has everything to do with Islam. It is not thousands of lone wolfs. It is not un-Islamic conduct. It involves thousands of Muslims acting on what they believe is their religious duty to subjugate non-believers, as outlined in the Koran."

BOOK_NOMINEES

BOOK/FILM/TV SERIES NOMINEES:

Honor Diaries – film - portrays Muslims societies as misogynistic, backward, and dominated by brutal practices that oppress women and stifle debate around practices

Dracula Untold – film – Muslims portrayed as vicious and barbaric conquerors and Vlad faces cruelty at their hands

American Sniper– film - Violence against Muslims is ok because its just self-defense. Promotes militarism, imperialism and racism. Essentially US war propaganda

Exodus: Gods and Kings – film – racist casting because he wouldn't be able to finance the film with an actor called "Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such"

Homeland – tv series – the television show where Muslim characters are "either terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, or "good Muslims" which means pro-US"

Soumission by Michel Houellebecq – book – what happens when the authoritarian Muslims have a hand in ruling France? Nothing good probably

Citizen Khan – tv series – Muslims depicted as racist, sexist and backward. Obviously

Amira & Sam – film – finally a handsome white soldier arrives to save a Muslim woman! So romantic!

Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In by Robert Spencer – book – apparently "Muslim organizations are pressuring witnesses to terror crimes not to cooperate with authorities"

300: Rise of Empire – film - Okay, misogynistic, bloodthirsty Persians drafted by badass democratic Greeks? Is there a wishful analogy here we are missing?

RoboCop – film - A broken and run down Tehran featuring a group of Iranian men and boys - they don't want to kill any civilians, just themselves (because they're mad suicide bombers obviously)

Oppressed Majority – film - Implies that in Islam women are subservient and submissive to their male partners. North African men are stereotyped as criminals and sexual predators

INTERNATIONAL_NOMINEES

INTERNATIONAL NOMINEES: 

Barack Obama – Thousands dead after years of drone strikes

Benjamin Netanyahu – For his declared war on Palestinians

Tony Abbott – the increased Islamophobia since his term began, his proposed anti-terrorism laws andno clear statement against Islamophobia

Pegida – public demonstrations against "Islamization"

Walid Shoebat – According to him, Islamophobia is important and must be defended with the sword of truth

Rupert Murdoch - "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible. Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Poltical correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy."

Angela Merkel –"People are asking me whether one can still share this view when murderers are referring to Islam for their murders which should have nothing to do with Islam. I think that these are legitimate questions. I think it is important for religious leaders to clarify these questions."

Bill Maher – For his consistent vilifying of all Muslims - "When there's this many bad apples, something's wrong with the orchard"

Charlie Hebdo – For the publication's racist and Islamophobic journalism

Marine Le Pen – Compared Muslims in France to Nazi occupiers and has called for mosque surveillance

Steven Emerson - "All the evil storms of history visited upon humanity did not expose to the people of Europe (who today host well-established enclaves of radical Islam in their midst) even the surface of the slaughter and injustice carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam, 'the religion of peace,' against Jews and Christians." Also made claims about "no-go areas" and said that Birmingham was "totally Muslim"

Bobby Jindal – Demanded that Muslim leaders condemn the people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam as "murderers who are going to hell."

Pat Dollard – "If there is even one more act of Muslim terrorism, it is then time for Americans to start slaughtering Muslims in the streets, all of them"

Marcel Mortreau – introduced a "pork or nothing" policy in a school forcing Muslim children to go meatless

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