You may have to hold your nose and read the following, but it looks like the Decent Left have unearthed some unfortunate information about one of the individuals used in the Inspired by Muhammad marketing campaign:
Curious to find out more about [Sultana] Tafadar [the barrister in the campaign], I did a bit of looking around the web. Tafadar, it turns out, wrote a report for the Islamic Human Rights Commission in 2002 entitled ‘The Hidden Victims of September 11: Prisoners of UK Law’ (PDF) and spoke at an IHRC seminar on ’9/11 – The Hidden Victims’. In 2003, Tafadar again appeared at an IHRC event, this time speaking on ‘The Legal Case against Ariel Sharon’.
Sunny has posted a response, the general spirit of which may be true, but he doesn’t note that the Islamic Human Right Commission (IHRC) is a home for British-based Khomienists (in the UK these used to include Sunnis as well as Shias). The IHRC just isn’t a credible human rights organisation and you have to either very naive, or agree with its political aims, to be working with it for so long.
The Inspired by Muhammad campaign itself is being run by a former MTV presenter and Muslim convert Kristiane Backer. From a quick scan of Backer’s public quotes about Islam and her conversion they seem largely apolitical.