Muhammad cartoons: submissions which were defeated or fell

Submitted by AWL on 7 May, 2006 - 10:13

Submissions which were defeated, or fell, at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006, on the Muhammad cartoons.

On Muhammad cartoons - defeated

To include in motion 2:

"It would have been better not to have republished these particular cartoons ourselves".

On Muhammad cartoons - fell

The debate within AWL on the Danish cartoons has been distorted by an understandable desire to define ourselves against the unprincipled British 'left' consensus. By publishing the cartoons however, we did not distingushed ourselves clearly enough from the reactionary arguments and racist prejudice against muslim communities in the UK. We failed to fully acknowledge the deliberately provocative actions of those who wished to exploit the important issue of free speech for racist and reactionary ends. We also failed to acknowledge and explore the nature of the relationship between race and religious identity seriously. We must plug ourselves into the reality that 9/11 and 7/7 have reconfigured racism and racial identities. The more minority Muslim communities have come under attack, the more they have wished to assert their Muslim identity - Racial and religious identities have interwined. We believe that it is an urgent necessity to challenge religious fundamentalism by working to split communities with religious affiliations on a class basis and should therefore be adopting this strategic approach to our political work.