The negro Trevor Phillips - who, as head of the Commission for Racial Equality, tried to shut down a political party (the British National Party) because of its policies, one of the most infamous moments in the entire history of Britain - has been posing as the voice of reason on brown-people-related issues ever leaving the ranks of officialdom. To that end, Negro Phillips has made a documentary for Channel 4 called What British [sic] Muslims Really Think, to be broadcast later this week. It's based on a survey of Muslim opinion in Britain. Here are the most interesting findings.
Would you support or oppose there being areas of Britain in which Sharia law is introduced instead of British law? — 23% support (strongly support 7%, tend to support 17%)
Two out of five Muslims — men and women — say they believe that a woman should always obey her husband. Nusrat, a highly intelligent and scholarly student, Sudanese in origin, told me: “If the husband is saying ‘obey’ in the context of asking me to do things that are pleasing to Allah, then by all means, because ultimately my faith teaches me — and teaches many Muslims — that our duty is to Allah first.”
... One in three British Muslims supports the right of a man to have more than one wife, even though it is illegal in the UK. While the support for such a policy is strongest among older Muslims, they are nearly matched in their enthusiasm for polygamy by young Muslims aged 18 to 24. Such unions, of course, would be recognised by sharia law. Amra, a female sharia court judge, says: “In my experience, it’s not men who have demanded it; it’s women. I personally have met women who have said to me, ‘I do not want a full-time husband. I don’t want him under my feet.’ For a man it’s a huge responsibility. For a woman it’s a privilege. ”
... More than half of the sample reported that they believe that homosexuality should be illegal. Even more opposed gay marriage, and nearly half thought that it was unacceptable for a gay person to teach their children.
A quarter supported the introduction of sharia law in parts of the UK — presumably those areas where they thought Muslims constitute a majority — instead of the common statute laid down by parliament. Allah’s law, apparently, need take no heed of democracy.
It should come as no surprise that Muslim liberals are in despair. They knew all of this long ago. And unlike the political elite and the liberal media, they recognise that British Muslim opinion is hardening against them. The journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who has had to seek police protection because of her liberal views, argues that the optimistic belief that time and social contact will naturally lead to the integration of Muslims is mistaken: “You know, we [liberal Muslims] are a dying breed — in 10 years there will be very few of us left unless something really important is done.”Source (£)
Negro Phillips' commentary using the words "we" and "us" is also worth briefly quoting for amusement value.
I passionately believe that our society is one of the most open and adaptable on Earth. For centuries we have managed to absorb people of many different backgrounds; Britain has changed them and they have changed us, both almost always for the better. But the integration of Muslims will probably be the hardest task we’ve ever faced. It will mean abandoning the milk-and-water multiculturalism still so beloved of many, and adopting a far more muscular approach to integration.A few other parts of Phillips' article are worth quoting. He claims parenthood for the term Islamophobia.
When I was chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, I played a principal role in the creation of UK laws against religious discrimination — and it was a report that I commissioned exactly 20 years ago that first introduced the term Islamophobia to Britain.I've written about this before (link). As I noted, I believe the term was coined or popularised by the Jew "anti-racism activist" Richard Stone, one of the authors of the report Phillips refers to, which you can read here (link).
Twenty years ago, when, as chair of the Runnymede Trust, I published the report titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong. We estimated that the Muslim population of the UK would be approaching 2m by 2020. We underestimated by nearly a million. We predicted that the most lethal threat to Muslims would come from racial attacks and social exclusion. We completely failed to foresee the urban conflicts of 2001 that ravaged our northern cities. And of course we didn’t dream of 9/11 and the atrocities in Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Brussels and London.Phillips is either being naive or deliberately dishonest about Muslim population growth here. The 2010 census showed a Muslim population of 2.9 million. So his statement that he "underestimated by nearly a million" the projected population in 2020 assumes that the Muslim population will remain completely static between 2010 and 2020, a rather unlikely scenario given that we are experiencing new record immigration inflows almost every year. The 2000 census showed a Muslim population of 1.5 million in 2000. So the growth between 2010 and 2020 is equivalent to a doubling every 11.5 years. If we assume that this rate of expansion has been maintained, a more plausible estimate for the Muslim population in 2020 would be 5.5 million. That would mean he had underestimated it by 3.5 million.
UPDATE: More on this.
• Nearly two in five (39 per cent) Muslims thought that wives should always obey their husbands.
• Nearly one in three (31 per cent) Muslims believed it was acceptable to have more than one wife.
• Five per cent of Muslims sympathised with people who took part in stoning adulterers.Source (£)
British Muslims are more likely to support antisemitic conspiracy theories than other British citizens, a wide-reaching poll has found.
Extensive research by polling group ICM for Channel 4 found that the Muslim community is more likely to believe that Jewish people have too much power in Britain and too much power over government, media, the business world, international financial markets, and global affairs. Jews were also said to be responsible for most of the world’s wars.
The findings, which were conducted ahead of the broadcast on Wednesday of a documentary, What British Muslims Really Think, also found that attitudes to antisemitism and the Holocaust broadly differed between British Muslims and the wider population.
Asked whether they thought antisemitism was a problem in Britain today, only 26 per cent of 1,081 British Muslims who took part in the poll said they would describe it as “a problem” – compared to 46 per cent of the 1,008 people in the poll’s control group, representative of the average UK citizen.
The poll also examined reaction to antisemitic conspiracy theories. It found that 35 per cent of British Muslims “agreed” with the suggestion that Jewish people have too much power in Britain – compared to just nine per cent in the national average. Thirty one per cent agreed that Jews have too much power in government compared to seven per cent in the national average; 39 per cent of Muslims felt Jewish people have too much power over the media, compared to 10 per cent nationally; while 44 per cent of British Muslims said Jews have too much power in business compared to 18 per cent.
More than 40 per cent of British Muslims said Jews were more loyal to Israel than the UK, while 34 per cent said Jewish people talk “too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust”. It found that 26 per cent of British Muslims believe that Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars, compared to six per cent nationally; while 27 per cent said that people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave.Source