Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The changing face of Britain: A child in Birmingham is now more likely to be a Muslim than Christian

  • Statistics from 2011 Census show more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham 
  • Of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian  
  • A similar trend has emerged in the cities of Bradford and Leicester
  • Experts said more must be done to ensure that society does not become polarised along religious lines 

There are more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham, figures show.

The latest statistics, extracted from the 2011 Census, give an insight into the fast pace of demographic change across Britain.

They pinpoint several parts of the country where traditional religious beliefs are being eclipsed for the first time.

The figures show that there are more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham 
The figures show that there are more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham 

In England’s second city of Birmingham, of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian. The rest were of other faiths such as Hindu or Jewish, or none.

A similar trend has emerged in the cities of Bradford and Leicester, the towns of Luton, in Bedfordshire, and Slough in Berkshire, as well as the London boroughs Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets, where nearly two-thirds of children are Islamic.

Last night experts said more must be done to ensure that society does not become polarised along religious lines.
Professor Ted Cantle, of the ICoCo Foundation, which promotes community cohesion, said: ‘What we are seeing are several trends running together. 

There is a long-term decline in support for the established religions, notably Christianity; continuing immigration from the Asian sub-continent; and higher fertility among the Muslim population, which has a considerably lower age profile.

‘There is also deepening segregation exacerbated by the loss of white population from cities and more intensive concentration of black and minority ethnic groups as a result of replacement.

‘This is the real problem, as residential segregation is generally compounded by school and social segregation.
‘Nothing surprises me about the pace of demographic change.

 What does surprise me is that the Government has no policy to combat segregation because it inevitably reduces understanding and tolerance on both sides of the divide.

In England¿s second city of Birmingham, of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian (stock image)
In England’s second city of Birmingham, of 278,623 youngsters, 97,099 were registered as Muslim compared with 93,828 as Christian (stock image)

The figures show that Christianity is still the dominant religion in every local authority area in England and Wales, even in the most culturally diverse towns and cities.

Of the 45.5million participants, 27.9million subscribed to Christianity, compared with 1.8million Muslims, the second largest grouping.

However, among dependent children – defined as those aged up to 15, or between 16 and 18 and in education and still living at home – the gap is narrower.

Of 12.1million youngsters, 6.1million were Christian and 1million were Muslim. And in some places, the balance has now tipped towards Islam.

In Bradford, 52,135 children are Muslims (45 per cent) next to 47,144 Christians; in Leicester the figures are 22,693 and 18,190 respectively.

The widest gap is in Tower Hamlets where 62 per cent of children are Islamic, outnumbering Christians by 34,597 to 8,995.

Sughra Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Britain, said: ‘Britain’s Muslims make up just 5 per cent of the population but have a younger demographic profile than other faiths, as these figures show. It matters to us all that this next generation of young British Muslims develops a clear and confident sense of their British identity alongside their Muslim faith.

 It’s important that schools teach all of our children the values of respect and tolerance.

‘Britain is doing better at this than many of our neighbours. A major new study this week showed that most people think the children of immigrants are integrating well.

‘This is one of the most tolerant countries in the world. It will continue to be so, provided we all understand how that depends on respect for the beliefs of others too.’

Leading Muslim academic calls on Irish Catholic schools to allow wearing of hijab

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A leading Muslim academic is calling for Catholic schools in Ireland to allow Muslim students to wear the hijab in class and for religious symbols to be removed from school crests.
One of Ireland’s leading Muslim academics has clashed with a Catholic commentator on the wearing of hijabs in Irish schools.
Trinity College professor Dr Ali Selim has called on all Catholic schools to allow their Muslim pupils to wear the hijab.
He also wants Catholic schools to tailor uniforms to suit the needs of Muslim students.
The Sunday Independent reports that David Quinn, a leading voice on Irish Catholicism, is as odds with Dr Selim’s request.
And even the Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland have taken issue with Dr Selim’s remarks.
Speaking at the launch of his new book on Islam and education in Ireland, Dr Selim said: “The hijab for Muslims is an essential aspect of character. Depriving Muslims of the right to wear hijabs is very threatening to their identity.
“Although there is no legal ban on the hijab in Irish schools, wearing the headscarf is a divine obligation for Muslim girls. I urge schools to be more flexible about incorporating it as part of their uniform.
“In today’s society we need to apply a more pluralistic approach when it comes to the school uniform.”
A former Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams and resident in Ireland since 1999, Dr Selim has also called for religious symbols to be removed from school crests.
He added: “It is not dangerous to wear a hijab in class, some may argue that they are dangerous in PE, but there is a special sports hijab that Muslim women wear in the Olympics.
“Sometimes our school uniform might have a religious identity. If I don’t believe in this religious identity does this put me in a difficult situation with regard to my faith values. In order to provide children with an inclusive educational environment these obstacles need to be removed.
“And admission policy is a practice of discrimination in my understanding.”
Leading commentator and Iona Institute director David Quinn, who attended the launch, told the Sunday Independent that he has ‘issues’ with Dr Selim’s views.
Quinn told the paper that while Muslim parents have the right to send their children to Catholic schools, the ethos and identity of the school should not be compromised.
He said: “A faith school is by definition set up to mainly cater for children of the faith of the school.
“Muslim students should be allowed to wear their traditional headscarves, as long they do not cover their faces.
“Covering the whole face acts as a barrier between the person, the rest of the class and the teacher . . . it is going too far in the other direction.”
Ireland’s Department of Education and Skills said uniform guidelines are specifically set by individual schools.
A statement from the department said: “School uniform policy is a matter for each individual school, preferably in consultation with its own stakeholders . . . parents, students, and any other relevant parties.”
Over 60,000 Muslims now live in Ireland and is the fastest growing community in the country.
Some 91 percent of the country’s 3,165 primary schools are under Catholic patronage with just two Muslim primary schools in Ireland, both based in Dublin.
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) - the official body for Islamic education in Ireland – have both rejected Dr Selim’s views.
In a statement to the Sunday Independent, the IFI said: “As patron of the Muslim National schools in Ireland since 1990, we can confidently assert that such opinions are neither shared by the IFI, the ICCI nor the majority of participating members in the Islamic community here.
“We have found that Catholic school managements have made wonderful efforts to make their schools as inclusive as possible without losing their own ethos.
“We acknowledge that there is always pressure on schools and on parents of all denominations and no faith seeking places, which sometimes results with many parents not receiving their first choice.”
But the report adds that Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson agreed with Dr Selim that Catholic schools in the Republic need to be more tolerant of students from other religions.
He said: “Those who are not of a tradition can actually learn and share their childhood together and will be able to stand for respect, integrity and tolerance if situations become aggressive . . . if you learn about that at an early stage it will continue to inform your reactions as an adult.”
Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, said Dr Selim’s version of inclusivity is ‘not practical.’
Nugent said: “If he wants schools to promote specific beliefs of other groups then he should recognize that the Islamic schools should also openly respect atheism and other religious views.
“The only realistic way you can have proper inclusivity in education is to have a system that is neutral rather than one than manifests all beliefs.”    

Gang who murdered teenage rapper and sliced off friend's nose with £2.99 meat cleaver in row over YouTube video is jailed for 107 years

  • Youths hired white range rover and bought two meat cleavers for £2.99 each
  • Day before attack amateur music video 'Go Missing' posted on YouTube
  • Video saw alcohol sprayed over name 'Raz' that had been painted on a wall
  • Aspiring rapper Isaac Stone, 19, died after he was stabbed in his left lung
  • Friend Shajidur Rahman, 20, was left permanently disfigured in fight

Four gang members who murdered a teenage rapper and left his friend severely disfigured after they had been mocked on a YouTube video have been jailed for a total of 107 years.

Mohammed Hussain, 22, Rubel Miah, 19, his brother Javed Miah, 21, and Fahim Khan, 20, drove around Bedford in a hired white Range Rover armed with knives and meat cleavers.

Their victim, aspiring rapper Isaac Stone, 19, was chased and trapped by the gang, before being punched, kicked and stabbed repeatedly, with a wound which penetrated his left lung proving fatal.

Mohammed Hussain
Rubel Miah
Mohammed Hussain (left), 22 and Rubel Miah (right), 19, are part of the gang guilty of the murder of Isaac Stone
Fahim khan
Javed Miah
Fahim Khan (left), 20, and Javed Miah (right) 21, were also convicted of murder at Luton crown court

His friend Shajidur Rahman, 20, was left permanently disfigured with deep scars to his face and head after an attack carried out by Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan. His nose was amputated and he suffered four deep slashes to his head and face.

Prosecutor Vincent Coughlin QC told Luton crown court that the motive for the 'murderous attack' at 6.20 at night on Saturday January 25 this year was not entirely clear.

But the day before, an amateur music video called 'Go Missing' was posted on YouTube in which Isaac Stone, Shajidur Rahman and others appeared. 

    In the course of the film, alcohol was sprayed over the name 'Raz' that had been painted on a wall. 'It upset someone,' said Mr Coughlin.

    The prosecutor described how 'perhaps for show' a white Range Rover had been hired from Luton for £150 and in Bedford two meat cleavers were bought for £2.99 each from a hardware shop.

    Aspiring rapper Isaac Stone was murdered by the gang of four in January this year
    The group encountered Isaac Stone, who was driving a white Corsa with Mr Rahman and two others as passengers.

    The jury was shown CCTV which showed a fast-moving street brawl ending with Isaac being cornered behind a parked car.

     By the time he arrived at Bedford hospital there was no sign of a pulse and he was pronounced dead at 7.15pm.

    Giving evidence, Shajidur Rahmah, who has been permanently disfigured, said he had seen two defendants, Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan, earlier that night in an alleyway.

    He said they told him they had not got a problem with him, but had a problem with Isaac and another youth.

    Mr Rahmah added that he thought there was to be a fight with no weapons. He went on: 

    'Everyone froze. We said 'we have got to sort it.' We never anticipated it would lead to what happened. 

    'It happened so quick. We stopped. We did not think weapons were involved. We thought it was a fist fight. Isaac said "They have got something in their hands."'

    Mr Rahmah went on to say they got out of the car and Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan came towards them. 

    'Fahim came up to me,' he said. 'I thought he had a hammer. It had a blue wrapping over the handle. I got hit by Fahim. I didn't know at the time that it was a meat cleaver.'

    He tried to defend himself but after the second or third blows he felt 'dizzy'. His nose was sliced off with a meat cleaver and left at the scene.

    The four youths all denied murder, attempted murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

    Isaac Stone, 19, was punched, kicked and stabbed several times, with a wound to his left lung proving fatal
    Isaac Stone, 19, was punched, kicked and stabbed several times, with a wound to his left lung proving fatal
    Shajidur Rahman, 20, said he tried to defend himself but after the second or third blows he felt 'dizzy
    Shajidur Rahman, 20, said he tried to defend himself but after the second or third blows he felt 'dizzy

    But the jury convicted all four of Isaac's murder.

     The youths were cleared of the attempted murder of Shajidur Rahman, but Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan were found guilty of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent.

    All four were convicted of two charges of possessing offensive weapons.

    In June 2012, Rubel Miah and Fahim Khan were sentenced for their part in a shooting of a car dealer at the Peri Peri restaurant in Bedford.

    Each received three years for possessing a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence. Rubel's uncle Aktar Miah, then 25, was found guilty of attempted murder and received a life sentence saying he must serve a minimum term of 12 years before being considered for parole.

    Isaac's mother Yvette Lendore said: 'Everybody loved Isaac and Isaac loved everybody.

    'He was no angel but he was not a horrible or vindictive person.

    'He used to play for Bedford Town, which is where he got the name Dynamic because he was so quick.

    'Then he got into his music and just loved it. I am not going to lie, it is not all positive things in that music but some people take the words literally but they are just lyrics'.

    She said he was the first pupil to be made a prefect at Harrowden Middle School and that between 800 and 900 people turned up at his funeral.

    The woman who dropped out of Cambridge PhD to enter into polygamous marriage to Muslim businessman with two other wives

    • Nabilah Phillips dropped out of Cambridge to marry Hasan Phillips
    • She is one of three women married to the businessman and charity worker
    • There are as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages in Britain

    Studying for a PhD in engineering at one of the world’s leading universities, she might not seem like a prime candidate to enter into a polygamous marriage.

    But that is exactly what Nabilah Phillips has done, dropping out of Cambridge to become one of three women married to businessman and charity worker Hasan Phillips, 32.

    And yesterday it emerged that Nabilah, 35, is among thousands of Muslim women entering into such relationships, illegal in the UK but allowed under Sharia law, which permits men to have four wives.

    Nabilah Phillips dropped out of Cambridge to become one of three women married to businessman and charity worker Hasan Phillips, 32
    Nabilah Phillips dropped out of Cambridge to become one of three women married to businessman and charity worker Hasan Phillips, 32
    Hasan Phillips and his three wives Nabilah 35, Sakinah 33, and Anub 41. Having already been through a divorce, Nabilah, originally from Malaysia, signed up to a similar matrimony service specifically looking for a married man
    Hasan Phillips and his three wives Nabilah 35, Sakinah 33, and Anub 41. Having already been through a divorce, Nabilah, originally from Malaysia, signed up to a similar matrimony service specifically looking for a married man
    Nabilah, 35, is among thousands of Muslim women entering into such relationships, illegal in the UK but allowed under Sharia law, which permits men to have four wives
    Nabilah, 35, is among thousands of Muslim women entering into such relationships, illegal in the UK but allowed under Sharia law, which permits men to have four wives

    A new documentary, The Men with Many Wives, exposes the rise in these unions – there are believed to be as many as 20,000 in Britain – and the dating agency, Muslim Marriage Event, responsible for setting many of them up.

    Having already been through a divorce, Nabilah, originally from Malaysia, signed up to a similar matrimony service specifically looking for a married man.

    She told the programme: ‘I was looking for someone who had been married or was already in a marriage.

    The couple were interviewed in this week's Radio Times
    The couple were interviewed in this week's Radio Times
    ‘I was married before and having gone through one divorce, you kind of know what you want in marriage, so I wanted someone who already knows how to be a husband.

    ‘I really enjoy being in a polygamous relationship. If people can see what the greater benefit is, we are not stupid people who are forced into this type of relationship.’

    It was through this service that she met Mr Phillips – also divorced but re-married to City worker Sakinah, 33 – and decided to abandon her studies to become his second wife.

    The wives occasionally meet, when Mr Phillips – who also works for a charity aiming to spread the word of Islam – organises family outings and Nabilah admits the green-eyed monster does rear its head - and her husband is usually to blame.

    She said: ‘I’m not the jealous type of person, if I do get jealous it’s usually his fault.

    If any problem happens between co-wives it’s usually his fault.

     Praising somebody too much. “Why don’t you be more like her, she’s this, she’s that. If he didn’t say that, we would all be happy.”

    Nabilah has two children with Mr Phillips – who has six in total – and now helps run his import-export business but abandoning her academic career was not her only change after she married. She also began wearing the Muslim veil, the niqab.

    She told The Radio Times: ‘I wanted to wear one before I got married – being married to Hasan has given me the opportunity to wear one and be steady at it. The only prejudice I have met so far has been from other Muslims.’

    During filming, Mr Phillips, who converted to Islam from Christianity when he was 16, marries a third woman, Somalian-born Anub, 41 – who had also never worn the niqab until Mr Phillips requested she do so – who said: ‘A brother who has a wife is already more responsible than one who hasn’t.’

    Nabilah has two children with Mr Phillips - who has six in total - and now helps run his import-export business. But abandoning her academic career was not her only change after she married. She also began wearing the Muslim veil, the niqab
    Nabilah has two children with Mr Phillips - who has six in total - and now helps run his import-export business. But abandoning her academic career was not her only change after she married. She also began wearing the Muslim veil, the niqab

    He did not invite his other two wives to the small ceremony, held at the local mosque, saying: ‘I don’t think it would be right to invite them. Even though they are accepting of polygamy, you don’t want to really rub it in their faces, “Look, I’m getting married”, and expect them to be happy and have a party about it.

    ‘You’re doing it not for them, you’re doing it for the greater benefit of yourself and the person you’re marrying.’

    THE RISE OF POLYGAMOUS MUSLIM MARRIAGES IN BRITAIN 

    Polygamy is illegal in the UK but allowed under Sharia law, which permits men to have four wives.
    Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are only recognised in Britain if they took place in countries where they are legal. 
    There are believed to be as many as 20,000 Muslim polygamous marriages in Britain, with the number ever increasing. 
    For some women being involved in a polygamous marriage is fraught with problems. 
    Because polygamy is illegal, the relationships are not officially recognised and they therefore do not have the same rights as a normal wife, especially when it comes to divorce.
    Each wife lives in a separate house in London and Mr Phillips splits his time equally between them all, spending three nights in each home before moving onto the next.

    The programme also speaks to Mizan Raja, who claims to have more than 50,000 clients on the books of Muslim Marriage Event, which appears to facilitate polygamous marriages.

    He said the popularity of such arrangements is ‘driven by the women’ who are having difficulty finding a husband, he admits that while these women are looking for ‘security’, many of the men have baser motives.

    He said: ‘Men are more drawn to polygamy. Even though there are some who sincerely want to help, those are few, most men who want to do polygamy, probably 80 percent, it’s a sexually driven thing.’

    The problem for some women is that because polygamy is illegal, the relationships are not officially recognised and they therefore do not have the same rights as a normal wife, especially when it comes to divorce.

    As a result, mother-of-eight Shaheen Qureshi is shown in the programme having no choice but to apply for a divorce from a Sharia court after her marriage breaks down.

    The show, which will be broadcast at 10pm next Wednesday on Channel 4, also looks at life inside other polygamous relationships, including Mohammed, 43, who has three wives – including one in Morocco – and eleven children but has been unemployed for two years after losing his job in the restaurant trade and must rely on benefits to support his large family.

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    London children as young as ten being 'trained to be junior jihadis,' warns Deputy Mayor, as extent of extremist threat in the capital is revealed

    London children under the age of ten are being “trained to be junior jihadis” in a disturbing new sign of the growing extremist threat in the capital, City Hall’s policing supremo warned today. 

    Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh said that the way some children were being radicalised was  “horrendous” as he revealed that both he and Boris Johnson have been briefed on cases in which primary pupils have been subjected to propaganda and “extremist ideology” by their families.

    His comments, ahead of a counter-terrorism summit at City Hall today, came as a new report added to the concerns about terrorism by warning that at least 40 British fighters involved in the conflict in Syria and Iraq are likely to attempt “blowback” terrorist attacks when they return to this country.

    Mr Greenhalgh insisted that Londoners should not be “panicked” by the increased danger, but said that he was deeply concerned about the indoctrination of children and its potential to fuel the jihadi problem for years to come.

    “The Mayor and I have seen case studies which are quite shocking,” he said. “Some of them are very young. We are talking about under the age of ten. It starts very young with them being subjected to propaganda, extremist ideology, and being trained to be junior jihadis.

    “It’s pretty horrendous when you hear how some of these children are being radicalised. The threat of radicalisation of young people is real and this is a problem that is going to be with us not just for a couple of years, but for the next generation.”

    Concerns: Mr Greenhalgh says that children as young as ten are being subjected to propaganda and extremist ideologyMr Greenhalgh, who oversees policing in the capital, said that he was unable to disclose further details of the children affected, but confirmed that they were from London and that the information had been provided in confidence by Scotland Yard and the intelligence agencies to allow him and the Mayor to understand more fully the impact of radicalisation on the young.

    He said that to combat the problem City Hall wanted to ensure that teachers, social workers, and other child protection staff knew how to spot the signs of radicalisation and that the problem was treated as seriously as other forms of abuse.

    He also warned of the need to be alert to Birmingham-style “Trojan Horse” plots targeting London schools and added that the problem of radicalisation was so severe that London was likely to face terrorist threat for a “generation” or more.

    Mr Greenhalgh’ comments came as he hosted a counter-terrorism summit at City Hall attended by police and crime commissioners from other major cities, including Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The event was also attended by Scotland Yard counter-terror chief Commander Helen Ball and the government’s former terrorism watchdog Lord Carlile.

    The aim of today’s meeting, which follows earlier warnings from the Prime Minister David Cameron and Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe about the growing terror threat to this country posed by the conflict in Syria and Iraq, was to share methods used in each city for tackling violent extremism and preventing attacks.
    Mr Greenhalgh said that a key aim of today’s meeting was to ensure that clear “referral paths” were provided for those who worked with children to report any case in which they suspected that a child was being indoctrinated with extremist ideology. He said other methods, incuding the use of “informants”, were also needed and that the radicalisation of children by adults was child abuse.
    In a further warning, Mr Greenhalgh said that London schools also faced a “Trojan Horse” risk  - in a reference to the recent row over an alleged Islamist takeover of some schools in Birmingham - and that advice on how to identify the “warning signs” would be prepared.

    Today’s comments by the Deputy Mayor follows the arrest of several teenagers over alleged terror offences linked to the Syria and Iraq conflict. Another indication of the problem came earlier this year when a girl, aged no more than 12, was photographed carrying a black “jihadi” flag associated with al Qaeda on a London street.

    Meanwhile,  a new report published today warns that at least 40 Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq will seek to carry out “blowback” terrorist attacks in this country after their return.

    The report, by the Henry Jackson Society think tank, says that there is “significant evidence” from previous plots in Britain that involvement in conflict overseas can prompt extremists to engage in terrorism here.

    It points that 41 per cent of the 37 terrorists involved in eight major bomb plots in this country between 1999 and 2010, including the July 7 London bombings, had foreign fighting experience and warns that Britons who have fought overseas are “disproportionately involved in some of the most serious offences” carried out here.

    The report states: “Previous terrorist behaviour in the UK shows that the threat from returning fighters and the ‘blowback’ from foreign jihadist conflicts should not be underestimated. Allowing for deaths in the battlefield, a conservative estimate would suggest that approximately 40 returning fighters will seek to re-engage in terrorist activity.”

    Hannah Stuart, the report’s author, added: “All the evidence suggests that some of those who come back will try to mount attacks in this country.”
    The report says that measures such as “selective use of the treason law” and the suspension of benefit payments could be used to deter people from travelling to fight for the Islamic State or other terror groups.

    The findings follow a warning from the Met Commissioner that 500 to 600 British residents have so far taken part in the Syria and Iraq conflict and that close to 200 have already returned to the capital.\

    The official terrorism threat level has also been raised to “severe” – meaning that an attack is  highly likely – in response to growing concern within the intelligence agencies and police about the danger faced by this country.

    ‘Imams promote grooming rings’, Muslim leader claims

    The Oxford grooming ring was promoted by imams who encourage followers to think white women deserve to be “punished”, an Islamic leader has claimed.

    Oxford sex gang: girls as young as 11 'forced into prostitution'
    The guest house was linked to the Oxford sex gang. Left to right, top: Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil, Assad Hussain. Bottom: Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Zeeshan Ahmed Photo: PA
    Dr Taj Hargey, imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, said race and religion were inextricably linked to the recent spate of grooming rings in which Muslim men have targeted under-age white girls.
    Earlier this week seven members of a child sex ring from Oxford were found guilty of forcing under age girls to commit acts of "extreme depravity".
    Their victims, aged between 11 and 15, were groomed and plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution. They targeted "out of control" teenagers.
    Dr Hargey said that the case brought shame on the city and the community and is a set back for cross community harmony.
    But worse still is the refusal to face up to its realities, he wrote in theDaily Mail.
    That attitude has been promoted by religious leaders, he believes. “On one level, most imams in the UK are simply using their puritanical sermons to promote the wearing of the hijab and even the burka among their female adherents. But the dire result can be the brutish misogyny we see in the Oxford sex ring.”
    People tiptoe around the issues and refuse to discuss the problems exposed by the scandals such as those “from Rochdale to Oxford, and Telford to Derby”, he wrote.
    In all cases the perpetrators were Muslim men and the victims were under age white girls.
    To pretend it is not a problem is the Islamic community is “ideological denial”, Dr Hargey said.
    “But then part of the reason this scandal happened at all is precisely because of such politically correct thinking. All the agencies of the state, including the police, the social services and the care system, seemed eager to ignore the sickening exploitation that was happening before their eyes.
    “Terrified of accusations of racism, desperate not to undermine the official creed of cultural diversity, they took no action against obvious abuse.”
    The men were allowed, he said, to come and go from care homes by the authorities, and if the situation had been reversed with gangs of white men preying on Muslim teenagers ”the state's agencies would have acted with greater alacrity.”
    True Islam preaches respect for women but in mosques across the country a different doctrine is preached - “one that denigrates all women, but treats whites with particular contempt,” the Imam said.
    The men are taught that women are “second-class citizens, little more than chattels or possessions over whom they have absolute authority," he claims in the column.
    “The view of some Islamic preachers towards white women can be appalling. They encourage their followers to believe that these women are habitually promiscuous, decadent, and sleazy — sins which are made all the worse by the fact that they are kaffurs or non-believers.
    “Their dress code, from miniskirts to sleeveless tops, is deemed to reflect their impure and immoral outlook. According to this mentality, these white women deserve to be punished for their behaviour by being exploited and degraded.”
    Such cases can only be prevented in the future if Britain abandons the blinkers of political correctness, he concludes.