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Why the ICM poll of British Muslims shows we need to defend our values more than ever

Why the ICM poll of British Muslims shows we need to defend our values more than ever

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
12/04/2016
Lancastrian
Summary: 

To Phillips’s list, I would add closing down Islamic schools which teach contempt for women and non-Muslims. Ban all Sharia courts immediately and insist on British law for everyone.

Tonight, on Channel 4, Phillips goes further still with Devastating data, collected by ICM, suggests that, far from following the normal pattern of integration, on key issues such as marriage, sexuality, freedom of expression and even the validity of violence.

The constant reassurances that only a “tiny” number of Muslims hold any of those dreadful views are swiftly revealed to be dangerous wishful thinking. One in three British Muslims thinks that taking a second wife is acceptable while (And, no, this is not a product of “Asian” culture because Sikhs and Hindus are among the strongest supporters of same-sex marriage.)

Anyone hoping that more liberal voices will emerge from younger Muslims can dream on: 35% of 18-to-24-year-olds think it’s cool to keep more than one wife.

Some 23% told ICM they would like there to be areas of Britain where Sharia law is introduced instead of laws laid down by Parliament. Not long ago, you would have dismissed that scenario as fantastical, but given that our government has allowed 85 Islamic courts to operate across the UK we can rule nothing out.

The prospect of  of zones where gay people are outlawed, adulterers stoned, women treated as children and little boys tell a primary school headmistress to cover her head “because only slags don’t covers their heads” needs to be resisted with every fibre of our national being. If we have any moral fibre left after thirty years of multiculturalism.