Muslim youth organisations denied state funding

“Muslim organisations find themselves in a strange place in relation to government policy. While being asked to tackle the ‘extremists’ and show leadership, they are denied the very infrastructure deemed necessary for every other provider of services to children and young people.

“While the YMCA and the other successful applicants can apparently be trusted to provide generic services, Muslim organisations seemingly cannot. One must ask whether an equalities impact assessment was carried out as part of this exercise. Funding will evidently be directed to young Muslims as Muslim terrorists, but not when they are mere Muslim young people. There is a name for this: it’s called Islamophobia.”

Muhammad Khan in the Guardian, 31 March 2009

How different things are if you’re a totally unrepresentative, widely despised, but enthusiastically pro-government clique like the Quilliam Foundation, in which case you qualify for a million quid’s worth of taxpayers’ money.