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Cameron seeks to challenge intolerant views about Muslims

25th Apr 2014

 

Hamed Chapman

Prime Minister, David Cameron, is adamant that he wishes to challenge intolerant views about Muslims but which will require a sea change in cultural attitudes that has institutionalised extremism with Islam.

“I’ll take any chance to champion the massive contribution that British Muslims make in our country. I see it every day,” Cameron said in praising the community’s achievements at the Twelfth The Muslim News Awards for Excellence.

“But we should be absolutely clear; the job has not been done. There are still glass ceilings and walls we need to break down in our country so that talented Asians from every community in every part of our community can make it to the top.”

“Really tackling Islamophobia means making absolutely sure that no person is held back from living their life or reaching their goals simply because of the faith they follow,” he insisted. It was “all part of this Government’s overriding aim to remove the barriers that stop people playing their part in society and give everyone, whatever their background, the opportunities they need to get on in life.”

The Prime Minister said that while events like the annual awards did challenge the narrow, intolerant view about Muslims and about Islam, “we need to keep on challenging the intolerant view of Muslims that exists in some parts of our country.” It was “the intolerance that blights people’s lives – let’s stamp it out once and for all.”

Questioned further about how the negative culture that often perversely equates Muslims with radicalism and terrorism can be changed, Cameron repeated the need to do more to highlight the positive contribution that British Muslims make to our country.

“We need to celebrate the contribution in every way,” he told The Muslim News Editor, Ahmed J Versi. But he went on to add that at the same time he also saw his role “to work with and help Muslim communities who want to make sure the very small number of extremists that there are probably dealt with because they are not good Muslims they are not following Islam.”

When challenged again about the likes of politicians who focus on talking about extremism, he insisted that it was “right to deal with the issue of extremism which we should deal with when it appears anywhere in our country.”

One Response to “Cameron seeks to challenge intolerant views about Muslims”

Iftikhar AhmadApril 25, 2014

It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.

Masajid, Imams, Muslim schools and Madrassas are not teaching hatred against no-Muslims. They teach Muslim children that homosexuality is a sin. This does not mean that they are teaching hatred. The spirit of Crusade is still alive in the west. There is no difference between Hindu mentality and English mentality.I believe the Government have contributed to the ‘blame’ culture with regard to Muslims. They have overreacted with Terrorist laws and many arrests have been made under these laws of Muslims who have subsequently been released without charge. Muslims in this country have been a force for good, strong families and a hard work ethic. Actually, just as a point of fact, Jewish family law and Jewish ‘courts’ are an established part of British law, and have been for quite some time.

Extremism, homophobia and anti-Semitism are nothing to do with Islamic teachings and beliefs. Islam does not teach that Jews and Christians are pigs and monkeys. The Policy Exchange Think-tank should concentrate on institutionally racist British schooling with chicken racist teachers. Muslim parents do not want their children with behaviour problems that include unprovoked aggression, promiscuity, violence, eating disorder, bullying and alcohol. According to ATL, teachers believe behaviour is worse than it was five years ago, with even five year olds being disrespectful, intimidating and violent. This is the true picture of British broken society and the Muslim community does not want to be integrated. The British government is again asking us, Muslims, to adopt the” British values” and to integrate fully into the British way of life. But many so called “British values” are not acceptable to us. The Muslims don’t want to integrate or abide by western law. Just because they don´t want to wear nude clothes or at least cloth that can show how big her breast are… so these people failed to integrate. Just because they don’t like free sex, then these people failed again. What a dirty Bush mind you have!
IA
London School of Islamics Trust

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