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Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2017 at 12:36pm

Vote for a city free of Islamophobia

Police in Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council are inviting people to vote for projects designed to create a city free from Islamophobia.

The total fund available is £40,000 and has been contributed to by Police Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government.

Its purpose is to help local people deliver innovative projects which reduce prejudice and foster positive relationships between diverse communities.

Between 10 November and 12 December, applications were submitted for projects to receive up to £5,000 from the total fund.

Residents are now being asked to decide which of 34 projects, who collectively applied for over £120,000, will be given funding.

The communities of Edinburgh are invited to attend an event at Methodist Church Hall in Nicholson Square on Saturday 28 January, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm, where these projects will be showcased and voting will open.

Sergeant Scott Kennedy of Edinburgh’s Prevention’s Interventions & Partnerships (PIP) Team said: “It’s been really encouraging to see so many organisations and groups eager to be involved and who want to help create a city free from prejudice, so we’re really looking forward to heading into the next phase.

“These projects are for the benefit of the people and communities of Edinburgh, so I’d urge residents to get involved and have their say in where this public funding goes.”

Councillor Maureen Child, Convener of the Communities and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to vote for projects that can really make a difference. There are fantastic organisations and groups throughout the city who, with a grant from a fund like this, make real strides towards an end to Islamophobia.

“Participatory budget exercises like this continue to be exceedingly popular, allowing local people to make real decisions about priority activities in their community.”

Voting is open to all people who live in Edinburgh and are aged 8 and above. Voting will open at the event and run until Monday 13 February. Details on how you can have your say can be found at www.scotland.police.uk/shared-vision-your-decision

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About the Author

- John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and since then has worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, the Irish News Review and the Edinburgh Reporter. In addition he has been published in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian HC Programme.

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  1. mark says:

    Dhimmi, one who is subservient to islam and muslims.. by ignorance of what their mainstream teachings actually are – believeing the various forms of religious warfare lying to disguise islam maistream teachings – (very little excuse for that now as so much information is available)or by cowardice.

    Dhimmis in positions of power/influence etc thus become traitors.

    End effect is the same, subjection of host country to islam and sharia law and our eventual genocide.

  2. mark says:

    Islamophobia, use of the claim. Brought in by terrorist entity muslim brotherhood as a means to shut down valid critism/warnings – used in conjunction with Political Correctness (cultural marxism), first used in communist russia to shut down any valid discent/objection to the party line.

    Both used to shut down freedom of speech/exposing voices.

  3. A Lancaster says:

    No such thing as Islamofauxbia, just valid concerns!

    ECHR Judgement Summary: “sharia law is incompatible with democracy and human rights”
    Source: “Annual Report 2003 of the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe”

    Noting that the Welfare Party had pledged to set up a regime based on sharia law, the Court found that sharia was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy as set forth in the Convention. It considered that “sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable. Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in it”. According to the Court, it was difficult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on sharia, which clearly diverged from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervened in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.
    http://shariawatch.org.uk/?q=content/echr-judgement-relating-sharia-law-2003

  4. Paul says:

    You know there’s something wrong with islam when every country and council are trying to tell us how peaceful it is at any cost. You’ve never needed a drive to convince people of how peaceful buddhism is. I’d have more respect for you if you put islam into perspective and told people to beware. It would save lots of young girls from being raped and grooomed.

  5. Christopher says:

    How about using the £40,000 to help rehabilitate the thousands of underage victims of muslim grooming gangs across the country?

  6. HUGH says:

    Where is the money coming from, why can we not point out the facts, say like Why is it in Saudi Arabia and OTHER Islamic states it is illegal to practice or preach Christianity freely, Yet in our own countries of predominant Christian values and culture, we are being attacked for defending our faith by opposing a culture and religion that OPENLY states, JESUS is NOT the Son of GOD, this is blasphemous YET NOT once have the CHUCH or its members held a massive RIOT or demonstration defending the FAITH of this country! We are being subjected into submissive regulation by our own governments, for opposing the very ideology that has openly stated that IT HAS ONLY ONE OBJECTIVE to rid the world of all other faiths and replace all with ISLAM! IT IS IN THERE HADITHS and SUHNNAS it is their path!

  7. gwen jarman says:

    for gods sake,,, any money should go British residents,,,the old infirm and ex soldiers in need,,, no one else, look after your own, you cant rehabilitate muslim grooming, they are a different culture, and why are you in our country if you dont accept our rules and regulations, I think if you dont, go back to your own.

  8. I’d rather vote for a city free of Islam, to be honest.

  9. mark says:

    TROP is a non-partisan, fact-based site which examines the ideological threat that Islam poses to human dignity and freedom.

    https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  10. mark says:

    To Christopher… Remember whilst non muslims call them muslim paedopohile or muslim grooming gangs muslims themselves consider they do no wrong as islam has teachings about ‘right hand possessions’, the taking of slaves, usually for sex from non muslims.

    Every smilling iman or muslim knows it but of course many are still fooled by lying muslims (look at how many of our leaders are…)unaware that to muslims, lying to non muslims to disquise what islams teachings actually are is cosidered a holy good work that helps earn them what they are told is heaven.

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