A major survey by Policy Exchange has a number of key findings. Central and positive is the desire of many Muslims in the UK to integrate, and the number who identify as 'British' as well as Muslim is encouraging – but what remains of concern is the extent to which they think Britain should change to accommodate Islam.
However, the report also highlights the pernicious effect of Saudi funding and in particular of the evil, divisive and Islamist effects of Deobandisn, Salafism and Wahhabism in the UK. The survey found that 71% of Muslims 'identify with their mosque and see it as representing their views' – a worrying high percentage if applied to the radical Saudi sponsored mosques promoting Islamist terrorism. Saudi denials of its involvement in 9/11 are clearly finding a hearing in the Moslem community – some 31% of Muslims think the US was responsible for the terrorist atrocity, 7% blame the Jews and only 4% admit that than an Islamist terror organisation was responsible.
Whilst the majority of British Muslims are peaceable and responsible citizens, there are concernedly high percentages of those advocating violence, Sharia and Islamism in the UK, in complete contravention of the rules laid down by the government. A worrying percentage – 26% – deny that there is any extremism in the UK at all.
The self-appointed Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little confidence amongst Muslims, which is encouraging. The official credence given to this spurious and unhelpful cabal will now hopefully be on the wane, along with any tax money.
Further action toward integration is needed in several areas:
All in all a full and fair report though conclusions have been substantially watered and bowdlerised.