Sunday, August 18, 2019

When Britain Died - John Glynn

by John Glynn

Welcome to Sharia.

In April of this year, in an article titled "4 Reasons Why London is The Worst," Maria Ebele had this to say: "London has the reputation of one of the greatest cities in the world. But I’ll let you in on a secret: if you ever want to make friends with a Brit who is not from London, casually drop in conversation that London isn’t your most favourite place in the world. Then sit back and watch. Most likely, you’ll see his or her eyes light up with glee at the opportunity to rip into the nation’s capital."

The author has a point. Over the past couple of years, more than 340,000 people have moved away from London amid rising levels of knife crime, according to reports. Extortionate property prices and poor air quality are also cited as reasons for people choosing to leave the capital and set up a new life elsewhere in the UK. Obviously, people want a better quality of life; also, people would prefer not to get stabbed.

However, could there be another reason for the mass exodus?

I ask this because London is acquiring an increasingly Islamic face.

In the words of Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, an eminent preacher in the city, “London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together.” Yes, that London, as in the home of red buses and posh accents. The "traditional" picture of London has been replaced with a more worrying one. According to Giulio Meotti, a researcher at the Gatestone Institute, by 2020, “estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.” Next year, Islam looks likely to be the dominant religion in the capital.
As Meotti notes, since 2001, more than 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. The proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans continues to fall, while, according to a NatCen Social Research Institute report, the number of Muslims continues to grow by the thousands. As Jean Patrick Gunberg laments, “Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.”

Of course, Islamification doesn’t occur in a vacuum. In Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, an Islamic minaret dominates the skyline. The "City of a Thousand Trades" has a huge Muslim population (22%). There have been petitions to allow mosques to place loudspeakers throughout the city. Why? To call people to prayer three times a day.

Imagine this occurring in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the U.S.

Demographically, the Britain of today is very different from the Britain of the '90s and early '00s; the most common name in England and Wales is now Mohammed, including spelling variations such as Muhammad and Mohammad.

Outside of London and Birmingham, other major cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). In the latter city, half the children are Muslim. The cultural, demographic and religious revolution in which Christianity declines and Islam advances is almost complete. The future of the UK is one rooted in burqas and strict interpretations of Islam.

An exaggeration? I think not.

As Innes Bowen noted in a piece for The Spectator, of the some 1,700 mosques in Britain, only two - yes, two - now follow the modernist interpretation of Islam. The Wahhabis control many mosques throughout the land. Call it what you will, "ultraconservative," "austere," "fundamentalist," or "puritan," but Wahhabism is premised on an abhorrent doctrine.

Worryingly, major British cities are full of sharia courts. London, for example, has over 100. How did this happen?

According to the aforementioned Giotti, “The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution. These new courts are based on the rejection of the inviolability of human rights: the values of freedom and equality that are the basis of English Common Law.”

Acquiescence bordering on capitulation has also played a role. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief Justice Lord Phillips have previously suggested that British law should "incorporate" elements of sharia law – you know, the law based on the religious precepts of Islam, not the actual law that civilized societies in the west recognize.

British universities have also acquiesced. Take a quick look at the report titled "external speakers in higher education institutions," published by Universities in the UK. There you will read that "orthodox religious groups" may separate men and women during events. As The Daily Mail reported, females at Queen Mary University of London had to use a separate entrance and were told to sit in a room without being able to ask questions or even raise their hands. Remember, this took place in London, not Lahore.

According to reporters at The Telegraph, the Islamic Society at the London School of Economics held a particularly notable gala. Here, like livestock in a shed, women and men were separated by a seven-meter panel.

This should worry us all, especially those of us who care about the UK as a bastion of civilized values.

John Glynn is a professor of psychology at American University of Bahrain. Follow him on Twitter: @John_A_Glynn.


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