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UK: TREVOR KAVANAGH: Muslim leaders must re-brand religion for 21st Century Britain


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Published: 18th November 2012

I’VE never met TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, but she’s always struck me as being refreshingly forthright.

 

The last of the Two Fat Ladies is in the headlines after making disobliging remarks about Muslims.

This is, of course, forbidden, and she is now at the centre of a furore.

Her crime, after a tour of the country’s “culinary delights”, was to portray a visit to Leicester as the “most frightening experience of my life”.

Considering her hair-raising motorbike adventures with late partner Jennifer Paterson, this might be a slight exaggeration, but Clarissa insists she is not easily frightened.

She became lost and “found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas”.

“None of the men would talk to me when I tried to find out where I was because I was an English female and they don’t talk to females they don’t know,” she wrote.

“If the women could speak English they weren’t about to show it by having a word with me.

“I have many good acquaintances and even some friends among the Muslim community, yet here I was in a city in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah.” Thousands upon thousands of Muslims are, of course, cheerfully and enthusiastically assimilating in British society.

Yet, predictably, she has been denounced by the Muslim Council of Britain for smearing all two million co-devotees.

I am writing about this incident because it coincides with a row stoked over David Cameron’s choice of Aussie polling guru Lynton Crosby to help him win the next election.

Mr Crosby was accused yesterday of an alleged foul-mouthed rant against London’s “f***ing Muslims”.

Aussies are renowned for colourful language but, as I say, criticism of any race or creed, except English Christians, is more or less outlawed.

Mr Crosby’s track record as an election mastermind includes four victories for Australian PM John Howard and two for London’s Boris Johnson, so he is a man with enemies. He is big enough to look after himself, but both stories suggest it’s time the Islamic community did something to polish its image.

It is not surprising many otherwise tolerant people feel as Clarissa Dickson Wright did on entering inner cities across Britain only to find themselves in what seems a foreign land.

Far from merging with local communities, many seem to have decided as an act of defiance to live and dress as if still in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia or the Middle East.

Some say that, in a generation or two, they will assimilate, as other immigrant communities have in the past. But, increasingly, the reverse seems true.

If such self-imposed separation is tolerated or even encouraged, it becomes hard not to arouse suspicion and even anger.

The good name of Islam is far from enhanced by almost daily authentic reports of honour killings, forced marriages and Pakistani child sex gangs. Nor are we likely to feel at ease with the Muslim enclaves described by Clarissa when they harbour thousands who would and could do this country harm.

We spent a decade deporting rabble-rousing cleric Abu “Hooky” Hamza. Now we seem doomed to waste another getting rid of terror mastermind Abu Qatada.

Interestingly, a few pages on from yesterday’s story about “f***ing Muslims” is a detailed account of Qatada’s “fatwa”, allegedly issued after 9/11, ordering the slaughter of innocent British civilians.

There are calls for him to be charged with incitement to murder.

These are not yellow newspaper cuttings. Last month, an NHS doctor was nabbed after allegedly leading a terror cell in Syria and holding a kidnapped British photographer at the point of an AK-47.

These are stories about Britain today, a country where up to 30,000 young men are being politicised and, in some cases, trained to fight against their fellow citizens.

True, the vast majority of British Muslims want nothing to do with such sinister activities.

But unless they and their leaders stand up and loudly and repeatedly denounce such conduct, their community will always be surrounded by fear and suspicion.

 

4 thoughts on “UK: TREVOR KAVANAGH: Muslim leaders must re-brand religion for 21st Century Britain

  1. Well said of the rermaining fat lady and so true I am however suprised she has been allowed to say it without arrest. This fact that ther majority of the none Muslims are scared or even in some instances terrified of saying the wrong thing having an opinion on this situation be afrqaid of bei ng accused of racists there is no offical gudgelines of what is and is not considered racism so people are being gagged by this religion in their own country which is now becoming theirs by our PC laws and the EU bosses that we are now governed by.

    Hence human rights and we now find our selves dictated to by these and this is our Waterloo what annoys me is Dve Cameron is willing to defy on prisoner votes but now regards Abu Qatata les of the self preservation for votes and more of the evil removed. This is what will get you more votes Mr Cameron.

    So Mr Cameron please can we have an offical leaflet telling us what we can and can not say in our own country if we are none Muslims or any other race about and too each other without arrest because we now have become a police state and we need to know our new inhuman laws now we have lost freedom of speech to help us not become arrested for speaking about things to do with immigration and Islam that is alarming us to the effect we have lost our indentity and are now fighting to retain out culture in an hostile colonised country that is each day gaining more and more power by the minorites.

    WE HAVE A RIGHT TO CARE OR DON’T WE?

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    • But the thing is people are because of the gagging by the govenment not the Muslims or immigrants themselves bit the fact freedom of speech has gone really now! Butg no guidelines to what you can and can’not say so very effectively gagging the indigenious and forcing us to accept minority rule of face jail or arrest fredom of speech is what we need to demo about but the battle for this is all but over not being negative just being realistic the PC brigade has it in the bag because of peoples fears, of arrest, losing their jobs, being attacked and death threat by Muslims that are allowed to do this without arrest. So the fact is the ferw that is left that are willing to stick their neck on the line are too few and so we are losing and unless some courage or finally had enough comes into play I do not think people will demo in large enough numbers or petition in large enough numbers no one believes they are safe not to be hacked if they put pen to e-mail on a petition this is really a police state now unspoken but their silently a silent enermy to free speech is it like we are already living in an Islamic state not far to go.

      Did you read about the foster carers having children took of thenm for being a member of UKIP the fourth largest party this is living proof to me now that we are becoming uncivilised and unfair and the left is gaining too much ground.

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      • Admin if milions took to the streets of London on mass rallys to say not to all this hen they may listen and not arrest or even petition in the millions but it is nt happening and I ahve no faith it will doing it in a few hundred is just a bee sting and they have Stephen Yaxley now and will destroy others like him. People will not go to prison for it they will just keep hoping it will be resolved just like the Jews did when more and more freedoms were done to them till finally it was too late and the rest is history this time it is the west that is the Jews. None Muslims are in peril and no were to run.

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