Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Trevor Philips says he got it badly wrong about Muslims in England

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Trevor Philips 

Trevor Philips former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (dread words, my alter ego Wallace Arnold would say) has decided that Muslim immigrants are a state within a state in the UK.

Writing in the Times he admits:

Liberal opinion in Britain has, for more than two decades, maintained that most Muslims are just like everyone else… Britain desperately wants to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappie athlete Mo Farah. But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we now know that just isn’t how it is.
He is finally discovering the pitfalls of the term he helped popularise, ‘Islamophobia'. This baleful word invented after I left the UK has done enormous harm. We should abandon it but cannot. A word once uttered cannot be recalled.

He was commenting on an ICM survey for Channel 4, which surveyed 1,000 Muslims and

found that:

One in 25 Muslims (four per cent) said they felt at least some sympathy with people who took part in suicide bombings, while a similar proportion said they had some sympathy with “people who commit terrorist actions as a form of political protest”. 

A quarter – 25 per cent – said they could understand why British school girls could be attracted to become “jihadi brides” overseas. 

Less than half (47 per cent) agreed that Muslims should do more to tackle the causes of extremism in the Muslim community. 

52 per cent believed homosexuality should not be legal in Britain, 39 per cent agreed “wives should always obey their husbands”, and 31 per cent said it was acceptable for a man to have more than one wife.

For me, the survey was not so very worrying. What is most worrying is that 20% of Muslims never enter a non Muslim house. The 4% who have some sympathy for suicide bombers seems much lower than I'd have expected - I wonder if an equal number of non-Muslim left-wing idiots feel the same. And I - no jihadist - perfectly understand why teenage girls are attracted to being jihadi brides. It takes only elementary understanding of feminine psychology.

Christians, or Catholics anyway, think or are supposed to think that a wife should obey her husband. I wonder why only 39% of Muslims do and why only 31 per cent of British Muslims support the right of a man to have more than one wife. 

52 per cent of Muslims do not believe that homosexuality should be legal. Fine - far more than that proportion of British people thought so in the mid 1960s. So what? 

23 per cent of Muslims support the introduction of Sharia law rather than the laws laid down by parliament. Again that is to be expected. 

Philips is less sanguine and says the data shows “a chasm” opening between Muslims and non-Muslims and that
the gaps between Muslim and non-Muslim youngsters are nearly as large as those between their elders.
And adds
It’s not as though we couldn’t have seen this coming. But we’ve repeatedly failed to spot the warning signs.
He frankly sounds surprised that Muslims take their religion so seriously, unlike Christians. I think he is attention-seeking and pronouncements like this make the problem worse, make British Muslims feel under attack.

Nevertheless he is right that it will not be possible to merge Muslims into an ancient, Christian ethnic state easily. Islam will create incalculable problems in the UK and around the world, is creating them now, and a very small minority are already by far Europe's biggest defence threat.

Most Muslims are perfectly fine people and their religion deserves respect. Nevertheless, Europe should close the gates to all but a trickle of exceptionally rich or Westernised immigrants from Africa and Asia, including Muslim ones, in order to digest the immigrants that have come in the last sixty years and to reduce the Islamophobia that we keep hearing about.


  1. Trevor Phillips claimed that Romanians in the UK are most likely prickpockests. He hates Eastern Europeans with a vengeance.
    This PC clown should gives me serious nauseea...

  2. I dislike many of his views but am told he is a nice man and am sure he does not hate East Europeans.