Labour post fu­els racism furore amid party probe

The Scotsman - - NEWS DIGEST - By CHRIS MCCALL

Scot­tish Labour has found it­self em­broiled in a new racism row af­ter a Facebook ac­count linked to a lo­cal party branch claimed “there is no such thing as Is­lam­o­pho­bia”.

The so­cial me­dia page, b r a n d e d a s b e i n g t h e online home of Labour’s Ar­gyll and Bute branch, s h a r e d a n i mag e t h a t also sug­gested Is­lam was “re­spon­si­ble for more ter­ror at­tacks than any other”. The image was cap­tioned: “Any dis­agree­ment with this meme?”

Scot­tish Labour said the Facebook page was un­of­fi­cial and that it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing who was be­hind it.

T h e i m a g e s h a r e d claimed: “There is no such thing as Is­lam­o­pho­bia. It is the right of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to ques­tion a re­li­gion which claims to be peace­ful and yet is re­spon­si­ble f or more t er­ror at­tacks than any other.

“I n t he I slamic world, women are treated as sec­ond- c l a s s c i t i z e ns a nd bound by an­cient laws that have no place in a mod­ern world. If any­thing, Is­lam has a pho­bia about any­thing not Is­lamic.”

The post comes just days af­ter Scot­tish Labour was crit­i­cised for its han­dling of a racism com­plaint made by se­nior MSP Anas Sar­war. The for­mer lead­er­ship con­tender claimed last month he was “barred” from giv­ing ev­i­dence to a f o r mal p r o b e i n t o h i s claims of racist com­ments made by a party col­league.

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