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  • Summary: 
    • "Nigeria security has declared war against Christians in this country." — Pastor Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, executive director of Voice of Northern Christian Movement, Nigeria.

    • While uncritically taking in and conferring refugee status on countless Muslim migrants, European authorities continued singling out those most in need of sanctuary for deportation.

    • "Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert. The Court should ask Switzerland to stop turning a blind eye to the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan... Sending a refugee back to a country where they face persecution because of their faith is incompatible with the Convention." — AFD International.

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    28/08/2018
    Summary: 

    Abducted Nigerian Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu has urged Nigerian President to secure her release. Leah is currently in Boko Haram’s captivity after being abducted in February earlier this year. She has been in captivity since then, while rest of the abducted schoolgirls were set free.

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    News Date: 
    26/08/2018
    Summary: 

    Iranian Christians are in dire straits in the Islamic Republic because of a new wave of regime repression that has largely not registered in the media due to the country’s economic free fall and popular uprising by a people fed up with the tyrannical nature of the regime.

    The mullahs have launched a cut-throat campaign to silence their opponents, and on top of their list are Iran’s persecuted Christians – an ancient people of the land the regime stigmatizes as a gateway to the West.

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  • Country: 
    Austria
    News Date: 
    11/08/2018
    Summary: 
    A mobile phone video, taken inside the Viennese Taiseer mosque, shows how imams call on youths to create an Islamic State, Austrian newspaper Krone reports. While one imam calls youth to establish an Islamic state as “they have the most important roles in jihad and proselytising”, another preaches against so-called unbelievers. Congratulating Christians on religious festivals is something like “haram” – which is forbidden. “It’s like prostration to the cross.
  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    23/07/2018
    Summary: 

    “PLEASE DON’T make the same mistake as was made with the genocide in Rwanda. It happened under our noses, but no one stopped it. And we know well how that ended.” These are the words of Bishop William Amove Avenya of the Diocese of Gboko, in Benue State, Nigeria, where Christians form the majority of the population. He is only the latest of the bishops of Nigeria’s Middle Belt to have raised his voice to denounce what is an increasingly worrying phenomenon—the attacks by Islamist Fulani herdsmen on Christians in the region.

  • Country: 
    Kyrgyzstan
    News Date: 
    04/07/2018
    Summary: 

    A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship.

    A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the last few months by a group of people consisting of local officials, representatives of the Prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, assistants to the local imam and former colleagues from the school at which the pastor used to teach.

  • Summary: 
    • According to the well-known Conditions of Omar, which are believed to have been promulgated by the second caliph of the same name, churches may not have bells or visible crosses.

    • "The attack on Christians was simply because of the pariah status they have in Pakistan.... A consequence of years of hate ideology having been inculcated in the minds of young people in Pakistan, through the use of media and a national curriculum that demonizes minorities." — A human rights activist, Pakistan.

    • "They sent me warnings through friends, telling me to stop talking about Jesus or risk getting killed. They said they knew it was easy to kill Christians because [Christians] don't have any weapons. They can simply be slaughtered." — A man in Mali, World Watch Monitor Mali, December 11, 2017.

  • Country: 
    Egypt
    News Date: 
    07/07/2018
    Summary: 
    • The violence, and incitement to violence, directed by Egyptian Muslims against the Copts -- especially those organized sectarian campaigns by the Muslim Brotherhood and related groups -- are crimes against humanity and should be treated as such by the international community.

  • Summary: 
    • If Indonesia's repatriated foreign fighters have their way, all of the country's churches will be destroyed.

    • If the repatriated foreign fighters are able to radicalize Indonesia's Muslims, all of the country may eventually resemble Aceh Province, where, after a lengthy reign of terror by Islamic militias, most Christians have been driven out.

  • Country: 
    Greece
    News Date: 
    08/07/2018
    Summary: 

    Several Iranian Christians have been brutally attacked by angry Muslims last week,  reports.

    The attack took place at camp Koutsochero, where the Christians were holding a bible study. The organisation 222 Ministries International, which helps Iranian Christians, said:

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    08/07/2018
    Summary: 
    • This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018.

    • "The Islamists of northern Nigeria seem determined to turn Nigeria into an Islamic Sultanate and replace Liberal Democracy with Sharia as the National Ideology. The object of course, is to supplant the Constitution with Sharia as the source of legislation." — National Christian Elders Forum, a wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    03/07/2018
    Summary: 

    Church leaders in Nigeria have said that Christians are experiencing "pure genocide" as 6,000 people, mostly women and children, have been murdered by Fulani radicals since January. "What is happening in Plateau state and other select states in Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately," said the Christian Association of Nigeria and church denominational heads in Plateau State in a  last week.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    01/06/2018
    Summary: 

    "This is the first community iftar we have held in a church rather than a mosque and the first one we have opened up to the public. We hope to see people there from all walks of life."

    He added: "This is a male-only event and the church has a capacity of 100 people."

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    02/03/2011
    Summary: 

    Shahbaz Bhatti – a Christian critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws – killed by assassins who left leaflets signed 'Taliban al-Qaida'. Self-described  gunmen have shot dead Pakistan's minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, an advocate of reform of the country's blasphemy laws, as he left his Islamabad home. Two assassins sprayed the Christian minister's car with gunfire, striking him at least eight times, before scattering pamphlets that described him as

  • Country: 
    Russian Federation (the)
    News Date: 
    19/05/2018
    Summary: 

    The Islamic State  in Russia to murder Christians “as a punishment for their disbelief in Allah.” And here we are. “BREAKING: 4 terrorist gunmen armed with petrol bombs storm church – multiple dead,” by Henry Holloway, 

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    13/05/2018
    Summary: 

    Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    07/11/2014
    Summary: 

    A mob accused of burning alive a Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan allegedly wrapped a pregnant mother in cotton so she would catch fire more easily, according to family members who witnessed the attack. Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran, family spokesman Javed Maseeh told NBC News via telephone late Thursday. Their legs were also broken so they couldn't run away

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    10/05/2018
    Summary: 

    An Indonesian court has sentenced a Protestant pastor to four years in prison for religious defamation after he discussed Christianity with a Muslim taxi driver.

  • Summary: 
    • The Christian genocide in Ottoman Turkey lasted for 10 years -- from 1913 to 1923 -- and targeted Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christians. It resulted in the annihilation of around three million people. Sadly, Turkish aggression against the remaining Armenians continues.

    • According to Turkish myth, it was actually the "treacherous" Armenians who persecuted Turks; and the Turks were acting in self-defense to rid themselves of murderous Armenians. A widespread Turkish claim is, "They deserved it."

    • The lies and state propaganda, which hold the victims responsible for their own annihilation, are what enable the ongoing Turkish persecution of the country's remaining Armenians, including the conversion of their churches into mosques and the digging up of Armenian graves and churches by treasure-hunters who search for gold.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/05/2018
    Summary: 

    The British government acted more like an Islamic State when it barred foreign journalists Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone from its shores, a Christian lobby group has claimed. In a frank assessment on the recent decision to prevent Southern and Pettibone from entering the UK and detaining the Canadian journalist for six hours under the 2000 Terrorism Act, Christian Concern said there was growing evidence that as Islam increases its influence in society authorities were clamping down on any criticism of the faith. Tim Dieppe, director of Islamic Affairs at Christian Concern

  • Summary: 

    How did Islam begin to dominate? We have to understand that North Africa used to be Christian, Iraq used to be Christian, Persia was half Christian, Egypt, so all of these countries used to be Christian and more, and yet they're not today. How did this happen? Precisely, what had to happened for this to take place? This is what we're going to learn in this lecture, because it is the creation of the Islamic lands that is what drives the church today to be what it is, timid, ignorant and unwilling to learn.

  • Summary: 
    • "If I speak about Islam, they interpret it as hating Muslims. But I do not hate Muslims. I believe that this ideology is dangerous for all mankind. The Muslim community will also suffer under the Sharia." — Mona Walter, Swedish activist from Mogadishu, Somalia.

    • "Jesus said we should love our enemies, but not that we should be stupid." — Mona Walter.

    • "I always say to my Christian friends, 'What do you think, what will happen to you if Islam becomes dominant here?'" — Mona Walter.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    21/04/2018
    Summary: 

    Christians say they are being driven from one of Pakistan’s major cities after a string of deadly terrorist attacks claimed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The jihadist militant group has said it carried out two gun attacks that have killed six Christians in Quetta this month so far, and also bombed a church in the city shortly before Christmas. The recent attacks in the south western city come on top of increasing persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan, where Christians and others have faced mob violence and accusations of blasphemy.

  • Summary: 
    • Three Muslim men kidnapped a 12-year-old Christian girl, gang-raped, and sadistically tortured her, including burning her body with cigarettes. When her mother of went to police the same day, they refused to start a criminal investigation or even to file a complaint. — Pakistan.

    • "These attacks are being carried out daily..." — A villager in Nigeria.

    • "I fled from Pakistan to escape violence such as this, but more and more the same violence is coming into Britain. Freedom of religion should be the right of any British citizen but today I feel unsafe..." — Tajamal Amar, Derby, England.

    • "Why do they [Western people] think Islam is a religion of peace? These people have been killing us for decades and your media just ignores it. Now they are killing you and still your President Obama [had] called it a peaceful religion. We see Western leaders saying that over and over again. Why?" — A Nigerian Christian.

  • Summary: 

    On the basis of an original survey among native Christians and Muslims of Turkish and Moroccan origin in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, this paper investigates four research questions comparing native Christians to Muslim immigrants: (1) the extent of religious fundamentalism; (2) its socio-economic determinants; (3) whether it can be distinguished from other indicators of religiosity; and (4) its relationship to hostility towards out-groups (homosexuals, Jews, the West, and Muslims). The results indicate that religious fundamentalist attitudes are much more widespread among Sunnite Muslims than among native Christians, even after controlling for the different demographic and socio-economic compositions of these groups. Alevite Muslims from Turkey, by contrast, show low levels of fundamentalism, comparable to Christians. Among both Christians and Muslims, strong religiosity as such is not (among Christians) or only mildly (among Muslims) related to hostility towards out-groups. Fundamentalist believers, however, show very high levels of out-group hostility, especially among Muslims.

  • Country: 
    Cyprus
    News Date: 
    07/04/2018
    Summary: 

    Wednesday night, about 20 Muslim migrants attacked a Christian congregation outside St. Mary’s church during the holy liturgy in Leukosia, Greece’s  reports. 

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    01/04/2018
    Summary: 

    Police in the conservative province of Aceh have arrested two university students accused of same-sex relations after a raid, LGBT activists confirmed on Friday. Local residents in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh, the only province in Indonesia that adheres to the strict code of Islamic Sharia law, broke into the student accommodation on Thursday, confiscated condoms and telephones, and handed them over to the authorities, an activist, who requested anonymity, told EFE. The arrested students are 21 and 24 years old; one is of Christian Batak ethnicity, while the other is Muslim.

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    01/04/2018
    Summary: 

    They come as "refugees" and then want to impose Sharia laws of Islam. People in Denmark are starting to wake up, they take to the streets to protest against Sharia laws.  On the other hand, Muslims (immigrants and refugees) take to the streets waving Jihadi flags and calling to impose Sharia laws in Denmark. 

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    29/03/2018
    Summary: 

    school in Frankfurt has come under fire after its headteacher told a young girl she should wear a hijab if she doesn’t want to get bullied. The student’s mother  that her daughter was “beaten and verbally attacked on the way to school” by a group of Muslim girls. She explained that her daughter was targeted because “she has blond hair, no headscarf, has a German-Hebrew nam

  • Summary: 

    Why was economic development retarded in the Middle East relative to Western Europe, despite the Middle East being far ahead for centuries after the fall of Rome? A theoretical model inspired and substantiated by the history of interest restrictions suggests that this outcome emanates in part from the greater degree to which early Islamic political authorities derived legitimacy from religious authorities relative to those in Europe. This entailed a feedback mechanism in Europe in which the rise of commerce led to the secular (and eventually religious) relaxation of interest restrictions while also diminishing the Church’s ability to legitimize political authorities. These interactions did not occur in the Islamic world despite equally amenable economic conditions.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    21/03/2018
    Summary: 

    Here I must, with reluctance, raise two difficult topics that highlight the problems with the representation of Christianity. The first is the BBC and Islam. Were the neglect of the Christian faith part of a universal disregard for spirituality or religion then our complaints might be muted. But it is not so. There is a general consensus amongst Christians that, in contrast to an almost untouchable Islam, we are ‘fair game’. Indeed there is a perception that if someone wants to make a dig at religion in general then we are the people that they choose to attack.

  • Summary: 

    Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda made the following observation during a recent : “Having faced for 1,400 years the slow-motion genocide that began long before the ongoing ISIS genocide today, the time for excusing this inhuman behavior and its causes is long since passed.”

    That Muslims have cleansed non-Muslim peoples by the sword since the  to  is of course factually well-documented. But what of the more subtle “slow-motion genocide”? How does that work? The answer is connected to another question: Why did so many non-Muslims become Muslim in the first place?

  • Summary: 

    How did Islam begin to dominate? We have to understand that North Africa used to be Christian, Iraq used to be Christian, Persia was half Christian, Egypt, so all of these countries used to be Christian and more, and yet they're not today. How did this happen? Precisely, what had to happened for this to take place? This is what we're going to learn in this lecture, because it is the creation of the Islamic lands that is what drives the church today to be what it is, timid, ignorant and unwilling to learn.

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    05/03/2018
    Summary: 

    Two Indonesian Christians were publicly  last week after violating the country’s increasing adoption of Sharia Law. The two men, Dahlan Silitonga, 61 and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, received six and seven beatings with a rattan stick from a man wearing a robe and headscarf. Around 300 spectators, including groups of tourists from Malaysia, reportedly took ph

  • Summary: 
    • "They get paid for every Coptic Christian girl they bring in. In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance... I even know of cases in which police offered helped to beat up the girls to make them recite the Islamic creed." — World Watch Monitor, Egypt; September 14, 2017.

    • On September 14, a court sentenced a Christian man to death for "blasphemy" against the prophet of Islam. Nadeem James, a 27-year-old father of two, was originally arrested in July 2016, after a Muslim angry with him for personal reasons falsely accused James, who is illiterate, of texting a poem deemed "blasphemous" of Muhammad. — Pakistan.

    • School textbooks taught her that "it was the Christians who wanted to plunder the lands and the riches of the Muslim world" and Turks merely responded by "defend[ing] what was rightfully theirs." (In reality, modern day Turkey consists of territory that was Christian for more than a thousand years before it was conquered by Turks in the name of jihad.) "Everything is used to make the Christians look like villains," she said, adding, "It's the same all through Muslim countries." — Turkey.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/02/2018
    Summary: 
    • Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system
    • His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated
    • Welby said British law had 'values and assumptions' rooted in Christian traditions

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  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    23/02/2018
    Summary: 

    Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches. That’s the only law that Mudasiru Owoyale doubtless respects. What Nigerian law says is of no import to him; he considers that to be manmade law, vastly inferior to the supposedly divine law, Sharia.

  • Summary: 

    It is one thing for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi not to be able to prevent surprise Islamic terror attacks against Egypt's Christians, the Copts. But what does one make of the fact that his own government also discriminates against and persecutes Copts?

    Most recently, a court  19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking an unregistered church near Giza last December 22. Then, dozens of Muslim rioters had gathered outside the building; they eventually stormed it and "destroyed the church's contents and assaulted Christians inside."

    Based on this sentencing (from a misdemeanor court no less), the defendants are not required to serve prison time unless they get into trouble again. On the other hand, a Coptic Christian defendant was fined 360,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $20,383) for setting up the unlicensed church. The court's logic is that, by using an unregistered building as a church, the entire incident is the Copt's fault—for aggrieving local Muslims. Meanwhile, the well-known fact is that getting a church permit in Egypt is as difficult as getting a mosque permit is easy...Havoc ensues when Copts merely try to renovate a church, while . In other words, if the government did not make it so difficult for Copts to congregate and worship, Copts would not need to resort to using private homes and unregistered buildings.

    This is hardly the first such incident to reflect the Egyptian authorities' flagrant double standards. Muslim uprisings against Copts meeting in private homes or using unregistered buildings to worship are common occurrences. Local officials usually side with the rioters. Last summer, in the village of Kom al-Loufy in Minya, where some 1,600 Copts have for five years been trying to reopen their church, Muslims rampaged through the village, burning Christian homes to the ground, based on a rumor that Copts were using one of their homes as houses of worship.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    20/02/2018
    Summary: 

    Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are a recurring impetus for Muslim mob violence, and a pretext by which the lives of numerous Christians and other non-Muslims have been destroyed. Yet no one in the global “human rights community” appears to be in the least bit concerned. They are probably too busy hunting for the next instance of “Islamophobia” to be concerned about small matters like this.

  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    19/02/2018
    Summary: 

    “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued. The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

  • Country: 
    Bangladesh
    News Date: 
    17/02/2018
    Summary: 

    Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dhaka, one of whom was planning to murder Muslims who converted to Christianity.

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  • Summary: 

    A sense of supremacism permeates everything in the Muslim supremacist’s life — even those things that Western media portray as laudable, humanitarian, or understandable.

    Consider the rape and strangulation of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old Muslim girl whose mangled body was found in a dump last January in Pakistan. The tragic incident sparked mass outrage in the Muslim nation. Famous celebrities and tens of thousands of other Pakistanis “expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag ‘justiceforZainab’”; angry mobs attacked police and government buildings, leaving at least two dead and many wounded; Islamic clerics warned governmental officials either to produce the murderer instantly, step down — or else. “Can we please catch this animal and punish him publicly?” is  that “summed up many people’s exasperation at a lack of progress in finding the killer.”

    Needless to say, the outrage sensed by Pakistanis concerning this hapless girl’s lot, and their desire to see justice meted out to her rapist-murderer, is appreciable. The problem, however, is that this outrage is entirely predicated on the fact that she was Muslim. Many young Christian girls have been and continue to be raped, mutilated, and murdered — only for Pakistanis to respond with deafening silence.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    25/04/2016
    Summary: 

    Five Christian girls have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam just this month, according to a human rights group that monitors ongoing abuses of religious minorities in Pakistan. "In April in the area of Kasur alone, five Christian girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam and forced to marry their captors. These girls are denied the legal protection of individual rights," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan.

  • Summary: 
    • The British housing market is now dealing with a new special entry: former Christian churches. A former Methodist church in Surrey was recently put on sale for the first time in its 154-year history. And a few days later, a church in London and went on the market -- converted into apartments.

    • Religious symbols are an integral part of a civilization. When old symbols vanish, new ones -- with their own identities -- take their place. Europe's public imagination today is being flooded with Islamic symbols, from veils in schools, swimming pools and workplaces, to the volume and height of mosque minarets.

    • We impenitent secularists might be happily indifferent to the fall of the old religious symbols -- but we should not be indifferent to the new religious symbols taking their place.

  • Summary: 
    • In short, the overwhelming majority of persecution that these 215 million Christians experience around the world — especially the worst forms, such as rape and murder — occurs at the hands of Muslims.

    • If time is on the side of Christians living under Communist regimes, it is not on the side of Christians living under Islam. The center of the great Christian Byzantine Empire is now an increasingly intolerant, rapidly Islamizing Turkey. Carthage, once a bastion of Christianity — where one of Christendom's greatest theologians, St. Augustine, was born and where the New Testament canon was confirmed in 397 — is today 99% Muslim-majority Tunisia.

    • As what began in the seventh century comes closer to fruition and the entire world becomes more Islamic and "infidel" free, as in Iraq, confronting these uncomfortable facts is at least a welcome first step in countering the problem.

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    19/01/2018
    Summary: 

    An Indonesian Christian was publicly flogged on Friday (Jan 19) for selling alcohol in conservative Aceh province, a violation of Islamic law, as a crowd of onlookers including children jeered.
     

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  • Country: 
    Nigeria
    News Date: 
    20/09/2017
    Summary: 

    The  will live in infamy for lending its megaphone on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, to ’s elected military dictator .

  • Country: 
    Kenya
    News Date: 
    16/01/2018
    Summary: 

    A Muslim cleric who was arrested in Marsabit Town over the weekend sparking protests that led to death of three people is expected in court Monday to face terror related charges.

    See also: 

  • Summary: 
    • A popular Arabic-language newspaper attacked Morocco's Christian activists for their faith and ended with the message: the "Koran requires the killing of apostates." — Morocco.

    • Muhammad and the imam tracked down the boy and attacked him again. When a passerby saw the violence and contacted police, "instead of protecting the teenager from his attackers, [police] arrested and booked him into prison on blasphemy charges." Hours later, the imam and "a mob of more than 300 Muslim fundamentalists surrounded the prison, and called for a public lynching of Stephen." — Pakistan.

    • Sweden decided to deport a female Iranian convert to Christianity. When the convert, Aideen Strandsson, pleaded that in Iran she could face the death penalty as an apostate, Swedish officials told her, "it's not our problem if you decided to become a Christian, and it's your problem." Meanwhile, Sweden continues accepting Muslim refugees.

    • In the name of "fighting terrorism," Bangladesh made changes to a law that forced approximately 200 Christian organizations to shut down.

  • Summary: 

    Segregation and lack of integration

    The Policy Exchange report: “Unsettled Belonging: A survey of Britain’s Muslim communities”, published in 2016, claimed to be the most extensive research of British Muslims ever conducted. The report found that 53% of Muslims were born outside the UK, while 93% had parents born outside the UK. This demonstrates that much of the growth is occurring through immigration.

    According to the report, 43% of Muslims support the introduction of sharia law broadly defined. 53% prefer to send their children to a school with strong ‘Muslim values’. 44% said that schools should be able to insist on ‘a hijab or niqab’ in uniform, while 32% disagreed with this.

    The government commissioned Dame Louise Casey to review integration in society. Her report was published in December 2016. She found that there is indeed a problem in terms of integration of religious minorities. In a striking statement, she said:

    None of the 800 or more people that we met, nor any of the two hundred plus written submissions to the review, said there wasn’t a problem to solve.

    In many ways it is encouraging that there is widespread recognition of the problem. This also means that that it is becoming more politically acceptable to say that there is a problem here.

    Casey articulated something of a cultural clash in some of our communities:

    I also found  … cultural and religious practices in communities that are not only holding some of our citizens back but run contrary to British values and sometimes our laws. Time and time again I found it was women and children who were the targets of these regressive practices. And too often, leaders and institutions were not doing enough to stand up against them and protect those who were vulnerable.

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