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Muslims must do more to integrate, says poll
* Well, we all know they won’t do that. Because that would defeat the purpose of what Islam is all about.
Heavy breeders for jihad…
A majoirty of Britons believe that Muslims need to do more to integrate into society and want tighter restrictions on immigration, an opinion poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph shows.
Bishop Nazir-Ali expressed concern that attempts had been made in some areas to impose an Islamic character, for example by amplifying the call to prayer from mosques.
One in three of those questioned in the poll said that they would be unhappy to have a mosque built in their neighbourhood compared with a quarter who would support such a move.
Now it comes:
Church leaders in communities with large concentrations of Muslims said that Christians were being targeted. An east London vicar who had delivered Christmas leaflets in his parish said he was told to stay away from “Muslim areas”.
He said: “Despite this being a mixed area, where Muslims make up only about 15 per cent of the population, I was told that the leaflets were offensive and could make people angry.”
Another churchman said his path had been blocked by Muslim youths as he drove through a district of Oldham, Lancashire, last year. “They wanted to know why I was coming into ‘their’ area,” he said.
A priest ministering in the Manchester district of Rusholme said he knew of “dozens of cases” in which Muslim converts to Christianity had been attacked.
Another church leader said that Asian Christians in Leicester feared being identified when leaving churches.
“They are scared of being stopped and beaten up if they are found carrying Bibles,” he said.
None of the church leaders we spoke to wished to be identified for fear of retaliation, but Don Horrocks, of the Evangelical Alliance, said: “It’s increasingly difficult for non-Muslims to live in areas of high Muslim density, especially if they are practising Christians.”
Some commentators fear that the aim of Islamist groups such as Tablighi Jamaat, Hizb-ut-Tahir and the Deobandi sect is to drive non-Muslims out of areas such as Dewsbury, in West Yorkshire, and Oldham along with neighbourhoods in Luton, Leicester, Birmingham and Leyton, in east London.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, the director of the Barnabas Trust, which helps persecuted Christians, said: “Muslims are being told not to integrate into British society, but to set up separate enclaves where they can operate according to sharia law.”
He said the process of “cleansing” Muslim-majority areas of non-Muslims had already begun, with white residents urged to leave and churches threatened.
Oak Lane: Among the new stores, the clothes shops sell Muslim dress, the butcher stocks halal meat and even the local takeaway advertises halal pizza.
“I feel like an alien, like I’m on a street in Karachi,” Mr Carbin says, awkwardly.
“I don’t feel I have anything in common with this area. It’s like I’ve never been here before. I knew it would be different but I knew, too, that I would feel uncomfortably like I don’t belong.”