Fewer than one in four people think Islam is compatible with British life, UK’s Muslim “faith minister” blames “Islamophobia”
Baroness Warsi is working from the same playbook that Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacist groups in the U.S., along with compromised academics like Haroon Moghul and a host of other rogues and hacks, use regularly: deflect attention from jihad terror and Islamic supremacism by claiming that the whole thing is a public relations problem trumped up by vicious, bigoted, racist, hateful “Islamophobes.”
The whole thing is nonsense, of course. If anyone in Britain thinks Islam is incompatible with British life, it is because so many Muslims there behave as if it is. It is because of the rape gangs, the hate preachers, the thuggery on the streets, the jeering at returning military personnel, and all the rest. This kind of thing isn’t caused by “Islamophobia.” “Islamophobia,” such as any actually exists, comes from it.
Journalist Enza Ferreri noted last September: “And former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness Warsi, unelected, appointed to the House of Lords, amidst public expenses frauds scandals, breachings of both the Ministerial Code and rules on financial declarations, found time to run a business her partner in which, Abid Hussain, has been a leading member of Hizb ut Tahrir, a radical Islamic group the Conservatives promised to ban when they were in opposition.”
Any attack on an innocent person is reprehensible. That bit about Hizb ut Tahrir makes it clear that Baroness Warsi may have a vested interest in exaggerating their frequency.
“Fewer than one in four people think Islam is compatible with British life, faith minister warns,” by Tim Shipman for the Daily Mail, January 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Fewer than one in four British voters believes Islam is compatible with the British way of life, the UK’s first Muslim woman Cabinet Minister reveals today.
Baroness Warsi will quote private police figures which show that more than half of race hate attacks in Britain are against Muslims as she condemns critics of Islam for peddling ‘hate’.
Lady Warsi sparked huge controversy two years ago when she said Britain’s approach to Muslims has made Islamophobia acceptable at middle class dinner parties.
But in a new speech today she accuses critics of Islam of being ‘un-British’ themselves by grouping ordinary Muslims with extremists.
The Minister for Faith and Communities reveals stark polling conducted by YouGov which found that just 24 per cent of voters think Islam is compatible with being British, while more than half disagree. Only 23 per cent say Islam is not a threat to Western civilisation.
An unrepentant Lady Warsi, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, said that she was right to speak out before and will use the new evidence to warn that the ‘underlying, unfounded mistrust’ of Muslims is fuelling extremism.
In her speech to a group called Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, which monitors violence against Muslims, Lady Warsi condemned politicians and the media for failing to do enough to combat negative views of Muslims.
‘When I said that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner table test”, I meant anti-Muslim sentiment had become so socially acceptable, it could be found even in the most civilised of settings.
‘I got a fair amount of stick for making that statement. There were those who denied the problem existed. There were those who said talking about it was dangerous.
‘But let me tell you what’s really dangerous. It’s when people are treated differently because they hold a different religious belief. It’s when a country turns a blind eye towards that discrimination….