Reacting to the recent poll which revealed some “disturbing” things about the UK’s Muslim youth, and instead of having the guts to simply lay the blame where it belongs, Ms. Marrin thinks the only remedy is to ban all religous groups, including Christian schools. “To beat extremism we must dissolve religious groups,” by Minette Marrin for Times Online, July 27:
First, I think, we should abandon all discussions of what Islam truly is. No one will ever agree how many infidels can dance on a pin’s head; questions of true doctrine are insoluble, as Anglicans are proving all too comically at this very moment. For example, one in six of the nonSunni Muslim students polled thinks Sunnis are not true believers in Islam, while three in 10 non-Shi”ite respondents think the same about Shi”ites.
What follows inescapably from this is that religious people and their views should not be officially recognised in groups. Religion should not be allowed a public space or public representation.
There must be no more religious schools — personally I would leave those that exist alone. There must be no public recognition of religious associations as representatives of anything or anybody: not on campuses, not in student unions, not in government consultations or in parliament.