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Instead of the cultural relativism he promoted while in office, Phillips now advocates “muscular integration”. As examples of this, he suggests regulating sharia courts and obliging them to sit in public; preventing Islamic control of school governing bodies, as in the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” scandal; exposing “silence-for-votes” deals between local politicians and Muslim leaders, as in Rotherham and Rochdale; and stopping the Salafist takeover of mosques, funded by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

Such moves would indeed be welcome, but they do not go far enough. What is missing is a deeper understanding of the threat posed by radical Islam to the values that underpin British society. In an important new book, Faith, Freedom and the Future (Wilberforce, £12.99), Michael Nazir-Ali draws on his articles in Standpoint since 2008 to explain how “radical Islamism cannot be effectively opposed without reaffirming the Christian foundations and values of this nation which gave us Magna Carta and the liberties that flowed from it”. Bishop Nazir-Ali, himself born in Pakistan, knows Islam, its theology and its politics extremely well. He asks: “Does the logic of Islam lead ineluctably to Islamism with closed, regressive and monolithic societies as the radicals desire, or can it also lead to open, free and plural societies?” This has become an urgent question, not only for Muslim countries, where minorities struggle to survive, but also for Western ones which, like Britain, are now confronted by the rise of political Islam in their midst. Will we allow our cities to become miniature Islamic states?

Here in London, which is home to about a third of British Muslims (including thousands of migrants who live below the radar of the authorities), we have already seen the assertion of power by political Islam. The takeover of Tower Hamlets by a corrupt Islamist politician, Lutfur Rahman, may be a harbinger of things to come. Last year he was removed from office by special commissioners, but for five years Rahman and his cronies ran a borough of nearly 300,000 people, distributing a budget of more than £1 billion. It is worth noting that after being ousted from the Labour Party, he was able to replace it with a notionally “independent” but in practice sectarian group, even though Muslims officially make up only a third of the population. The Muslim “block vote” is such a formidable electoral force that for Islamists to dominate a city it does not need to have a Muslim majority.

The greatest prize, of course, is London itself. By the time you read this, the capital may already have elected the first Muslim Mayor of London: Sadiq Khan. At the time of writing, polls predict that Khan, who is also Labour MP for Tooting, will win by a larger majority than either of his predecessors, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.

Khan has worked hard at projecting a moderate image as a modern, liberal Muslim with no sectarian baggage. He no longer protests, as he did in 2004, that Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi perhaps the most influential preacher in the whole Islamic world — is “not an extremist”. (The Sheikh says that Hitler “put Jews in their place”.) He has carefully distanced himself from Babar Ahmad, who was later convicted of terrorist offences, and other extremists with whom he was once associated. But he knows very well how important the Muslim vote is for Labour. At least ten London boroughs have large, mainly conservative Muslim communities, where children grow up in an Islamic monoculture and women are covered or veiled. Khan is not likely to challenge the self-appointed leaders of these communities. At all costs, he must maintain Labour’s near-monopoly of Muslim politics and prevent the emergence of an explicitly Islamist party.

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Anonymousmike mouse
January 4th, 2018
3:01 PM
16 muslim MPs - 5m muslims - 425 mosques in London 100 in Bradford 162 in Birmingham - Corbyn supports them - what is the agenda of a theocratic totalitarian fascist dictatorship masquerading as a 7th century religion forcing women to breed for a non existent deity - islam is a scam and they are being paid for by taxpayers even when 15000 muslim criminals are in UK prisons for drug dealing and raping under age white girls and not being deported. WHY is the UK government allowing them into this non islamic country?

August 19th, 2016
6:08 PM
I second BobbyDigital's comment entirely. I fear that our future as a free Western democratic society is in peril. The end of fundamental Western values. 'Terrifying' is really an understatement.

May 10th, 2016
10:05 AM
'The Muslim “block vote” is such a formidable electoral force that for Islamists to dominate a city it does not need to have a Muslim majority.' Enough to send a shiver of fear down the spine of any Londoner. For the first time since I came here 20 years ago, I'm making serious plans on leaving - for good.

May 9th, 2016
7:05 PM
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. "A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. "Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome." --Sir Winston Churchill, from a speech published in The River War, Vol 1, 1899

Brian Richard Allen
May 9th, 2016
7:05 PM
.... in Brussels, three suicide bombers detonated nail bombs .... You flatter them. They - as are all of their ilk - were hesperophobically-psychopathic, gutless, homicide bombers. Brian Richard Allen

May 7th, 2016
6:05 PM
It beggars belief that the government, did I say government, didn't see this coming. It displays a total ignorance of understanding the word Extrapolation - they do not look ahead, and this displays a complacency that will have huge consequences, having capitulated like a weary old man and placed the UK into great danger. Look out now for the real show, and there's no going back. Thanks a lot you dummies.

May 7th, 2016
4:05 PM
In the UK at present we have been duped by the BBC - preferably known now as the British Brainwashing Corporation who have not supported this Country's values and rejected Islam as a wicked and evil ideology. For Jews and Christians alike we have been marginalized and made to look as bigots if we have any views on Islam and its ideology. The BBC is so politically correct that we are fed with the view that Islam is to be tolerated and that we must accept it as a consequence of being open and tolerant. Sadiq Khan may show his true colours soon when he either condones acts of terrorism or when this Mega Mosque gets a green light to be built in West Ham, London. He cannot deny his allegiance to being an impartial believer as a Muslim when challenged, above all he will either support Islam or be forever a target for the extremists who are growing by the day here.

May 7th, 2016
6:05 AM
I used to feel sorry for those who dont have children . Now I feel sorry for those who do considering the future of Britain, Europe and in fact the world

Paul Bedson
May 2nd, 2016
12:05 PM
Islam will only reform when it is universally accepted that 2 of the 3 instances of the use of the word Bekkah in the Koran actually do refer to the Bekkah in Lebanon and not Mekkah in Saudi. Once that happens and they archaeologically excavate the original garden of the gods / Eden / Jannah in the Aaiha plain, Bekkah, Lebanon at the first spring of the Jordan / Hasbani. Then you get the Islamic "enlightenment".

Brian Richard Allen
May 1st, 2016
7:05 AM
There are those many who pray and wait for islam's reformation - for its enlightenment. And there are those few who know it has recently reformed and that "islamic state" is the product of its enlightenment. G-d save London - G-d save once great Britain -- and G-d save what little is Left of Judeo-Christian/Western/Human Civilization. (And may the execrable Tiny Blair et al, who treasonously engineered their nation's invasion and hostile colonization -- and Left it to its impending doom -- all rot and burn in Hell!) Brian Richard Allen

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