Boris Johnson once suggest that the Quran incites religious hatred, Scram News can reveal.
Writing in the Telegraph in 2005, the now Prime Minister criticised a proposal to ban incitement to religious hatred, and implied that Islam’s religious text itself incites hatred.
“The proposed ban on incitement to ‘religious hatred’ makes no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself; and that would be pretty absurd, when you consider that the Bill’s intention is to fight Islamophobia.”
It is not the first time he has taken issue with the Quran. In a 2007 Spectator column Johnson argued that Islam has caused the Muslim world to be “literally centuries behind” the West and said that Islamophobia is a “natural reaction” to Islam.
He added: “Judged purely on its scripture – to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques – it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers.”
Criticising the Quran as an inherently hate-filled text is a common far-right trope. Tommy Robinson wrote a book called “Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims kill for Islam” which criticised the text.
Johnson has also made numerous other criticisms of Islam. He wrote a column complaining about the “virus of Islamism” in which he said that Muslim terrorists needed to be stopped. But in doing so he criticised Islam in general – claiming that Muslims want Sharia Law and “other mumbo jumbo”.
Johnson has also advanced an “us vs them” rhetoric with regard to Muslims. He claimed that “we need to acculturate the second-generation Muslim communities to our way of life,” and has similarly said that “unassimilated” migrants “perturb the indigenous people”.
It is also widely known that Johnson called Muslim women who wear the burka “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” in a Telegraph column. This language has, in turn, been used as part of Islamophobic attacks against Muslim women.
Boris Johnson claims that his past columns have been skewed by journalists with an anti-Tory agenda. We think the evidence speaks for itself.