An all-party group of MPs has – with undue haste, according to the National Secular Society and others – a definition of Islamophobia that makes a form of racism which targets Muslimness. This has been adopted by some local authorities, it seems. There was an article in the Independent by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a leading Muslim personality in the mainstream Press, saying that this would exclude all critique of Islam, which would in her view be very wrong. But maybe an objection to Muslim teaching would be permitted under this definition if it treated ‘Muslimness’ without reference to race: the sort of thing the lawyers would argue over if this definition became the definition of a legal offence. I wonder if the National Secular Society would indeed be drawn into claiming that any suggestion that atheists have no moral compass should be prohibited too? It would all become rather grotesque, as Ossinev implies.