31 July 2020
Conservative MP Claims Muslim Communities Are Not Taking the Pandemic Seriously Enough
In response to Conservative MP Craig Whittaker claiming that Muslim communities are not taking the Coronavirus pandemic seriously enough on LBC, a spokesperson for the MCB said:
“This is shameless scapegoating of minorities. It is utterly unacceptable and Mr. Whittaker should apologise.
“Mosques and Muslim institutions have gone above and beyond to ensure social distancing rules are observed and have initiated unprecedented education campaigns to ensure they are upheld by families.
“It’s one thing to discuss health inequalities and challenges with intergenerational households and occupational hazards – and these factors being prevalent in certain groups.
“It’s quite another to make baseless allegations claiming certain groups aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, especially when these claims are contradicted by a local Director of Public Health.
“It is highly irresponsible and frankly shameful for public figures to attack minorities in this way and we look forward to public health leaders and senior government officials publicly and vocally repudiating this Member of Parliament.”
Notes to Editors:
The full interview on LBC with Craig Whittaker MP can be listened to here.