CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 4, 2015 — While living in Saudi Arabia in 2003, I read a compelling article in a British newspaper warning of the coming possibility of the Islamization of Britain.
I was uninformed about Islam, but it occurred to me that the idea was not only improbable, but impossible, any more than such an eventuality could occur in the U.S.
Now, a dozen years later, that 2003 story is vivid in my memory because it seems to be coming true.
The Muslim population of the U.K. is now nearly 3.5 million — more than 5 percent of the total population. Great Britain now has the third largest Muslim population in the European Union behind France and Germany.
In January, 2014, a census analysis showed nearly 10 percent of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim; the percentage of Muslim children under age five is nearly twice as high as in the general population.
Canadian commentator Mark Steyn warned about discrepancies of growing Islamic and declining Western populations in his book America Alone. According to Con Coughlin of the Daily Telegraph, “Britain remains the world’s leading recruiting ground for al-Qaeda.”
Over the course of last year, Soeren Kern, a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute, observed four major issues that are gathering strength in Britain:
- the implications of British jihadists in Syria and the security threats they pose for the U.K.;
- the continuing spread of Sharia law throughout Britain;
- sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs;
- increased concerns over Muslim integration into British society.
The politically correct view is that concern about this is “Islamophobia,” but Kern provides irrefutable evidence of the reality of the problem with a staggering month-by-month account of incidents stemming from these issues. The list is extensive, but here are a few items from it.
January: British Islamist Abu Waleed outlined his vision of an Islamic state in Britain and called for Christians to convert to Islam out of humiliation. Quoting from a video by Waleed, Kern said, “If the Muslim sees a kaffir (non-Muslim) with nice clothes, the kaffir has to take his clothes off and give them to the Muslim. The kaffir, when he walks down the street, he has to wear a red belt around his neck, and he has to have his forehead shaved, and he has to wear two shoes that are different from one another. He is not allowed to walk on the pavement, he has to walk in the middle of the road, and he has to ride a mule. That is, my dear brothers, the Islamic state.”
Also in January, an extremist who killed a soldier in broad daylight on a London street in 2013, appealed his case at taxpayer expense on the grounds that he was a “soldier of Allah.” As such the killing was an “act of war” rather than premeditated murder.
February: Some 250 British jihadists who went to Syria for training returned to the U.K., according to The Sunday Times. Although they were being monitored by security services, the number was five times higher than was previously reported.
March: A report titled “Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery” outlined the process by which sexual predators befriend children in order to prepare them for abuse. Instead of taking preventive measures to protect the children, however, the magnitude of the crimes was downplayed, with discussion of the issue dismissed as “Islamophobic.”
April: A public debate was launched by the British government concerning interest-free student loans for Muslims based upon Sharia law. Islam forbids the payment of interest on loans.
Later in the month, Subway removed ham and bacon from nearly 200 of its fast-food facilities and switched to halal, meat which is “permitted” by Islamic societies, in an attempt to appeal to their Muslim clientele.
June: News broke that British jihadists were faking their own deaths in Syria in order to return to Britain undetected. Later, one of the “dead” soldiers was arrested in Dover.
August: In late August, a report was issued stating that there were now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain’s military.
September: A customer at a KFC was refused a hand-wipe because it might “offend” Muslims. The wipes are treated with an alcohol-based solution, and alcohol is forbidden in the Koran.
October: The National Health Service issued a report that nearly 2,000 women in Britain had undergone female genital mutilation within a six month period.
These are just a few of dozens of examples. How prophetic that 2003 story seems today.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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