Ultimately, of course, this would mean that non-Muslims in Britain would be living under Sharia law as well. “Malaysian president Abdullah Badawi calls for British Muslims to live under sharia law,” by Jonathan Wynne-Jones for the Telegraph, June 9 (thanks to Terri):
Muslim extremism in Britain will grow unless the Government and society learn to understand Islam, Malaysia’s prime minister has warned.
Yes, of course, it’s all up to the British. You will notice that Badawi says nothing about Muslims having any responsibility to adapt to British culture. You will notice that Muslim leaders never say that about Muslims in the West.
Abdullah Badawi claimed that the legacy of Britain’s imperial past has hampered its ability to appreciate its Islamic population.
Yeah, that’s probably it. That little matter of those bombs on July 7, 2005 couldn’t have had anything to do with this inability. Oh, no.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the prime minister urged Gordon Brown to allow the country’s Muslims to live under sharia law, but also said that they must prove their worth to society. […]
A report, commissioned by the Church and published today, accuses ministers of paying only “lip service” to Christianity and marginalising the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, while focusing “intently” on Islam.
However, Mr Abdullah argues that the Government must do more to ensure Muslims don’t feel discriminated against if it is to tackle the rise of radicalism.
“The failure to understand Muslims is driving a divide between the communities,” he said.
“Gordon Brown must encourage a better understanding because Britain must appreciate its Muslims.”
Mr Abdullah argued that Britain needs to come to terms with being home to immigrants from countries that it used to rule over.
“The British Empire expanded in Asia, everywhere, throughout the Muslim land, through the land of Hindus and the land of Buddhists.
“When they were ruling it was different because they wanted it to be peaceful and to keep it peaceful they had to use diplomacy.
“Now maybe the Government thinks they can forget it. It doesn’t matter.”
He said that Muslims in Britain were more likely to be radicalised because they feel ignored rather than due to religious reasons.
“Is it because of poverty, social unrest, deprivation, feeling discriminated against, thinking people don’t care much because of the colour of their skin. The could make them to decide to be extremist, not necessarily because of his religion.”
Mr Abdullah, who was talking on the eve of a landmark summit of world leaders, echoed the calls of the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year for Muslims to be able to live under sharia law.
“They should abide by the law of the land, but they should also be able to follow their religious observances and beliefs, to express their duty to God..”…