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The government has rejected a definition of Islamophobia created by a cross-party group of MPs. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims wanted to define it to tackle what it called a "social evil". But a government spokesman said the wording needed "further careful consideration" and had "not been broadly accepted". The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, called the decision "truly extraordinary". MPs will debate the definition in Parliament on Thursday. It says: "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.". The wording has the support of a number of political parties - in... Full story

15 May