Racist Witch-Hunt in the UK Looming?
September 21, 2007 Leave a comment
Brother AbdulHaq of SalafiManhaj.com repute sent me a link to this article from the Guardian titled This Onslaught Risks Turning into a Racist Witch-Hunt. It’s got me a bit concerned for British Muslims. Here I thought the UK was a bit better than the US in terms of hostility towards Islam and Muslims … guess it isn’t that much better, is it?
Some snipets from the article:
According to an international Harris poll last month, nearly 30% of British people believe it’s impossible to be both a Muslim and a Briton (compared with 14% who think you can’t be French and a Muslim); 38% think the presence of Muslims in the country is a threat to national security (compared with 21% in the US); and 46% believe that Muslims have too much political power in Britain, far above the level of any other surveyed country.
… . The fact that a large minority of Britons have some of the most Islamophobic attitudes in the western world has passed without comment. Instead, we have since been treated to a renewed barrage of lurid and hostile stories about Muslims which can only have further inflamed anti-Muslim opinion and the community’s own sense of being under permanent siege. This isn’t just a problem of hate-filled tabloid rants, such as the Express’s denunciation of Muslims’ “alien and threatening outfits”, or Richard Littlejohn’s Muslim-baiting in the Mail. For the past three weeks, there has been a stream of hostile coverage in the heavyweight press and on TV current affairs programmes.