UK: Fewer Than One In Four People Think Islam Is Compatible With British Life, Government Minister Scolds Public For Being “Islamophobic”
From the Daily Mail:
Fewer than one in four British voters believes Islam is compatible with the British way of life, the UK’s first Muslim woman Cabinet Minister reveals today.
Baroness Warsi will quote private police figures which show that more than half of race hate attacks in Britain are against Muslims as she condemns critics of Islam for peddling ‘hate’.
Lady Warsi sparked huge controversy two years ago when she said Britain’s approach to Muslims has made Islamophobia acceptable at middle class dinner parties.
But in a new speech today she accuses critics of Islam of being ‘un-British’ themselves by grouping ordinary Muslims with extremists.
The Minister for Faith and Communities reveals stark polling conducted by YouGov which found that just 24 per cent of voters think Islam is compatible with being British, while more than half disagree. Only 23 per cent say Islam is not a threat to Western civilisation.
An unrepentant Lady Warsi, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, said that she was right to speak out before and will use the new evidence to warn that the ‘underlying, unfounded mistrust’ of Muslims is fuelling extremism.
In her speech to a group called Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, which monitors violence against Muslims, Lady Warsi condemned politicians and the media for failing to do enough to combat negative views of Muslims.
‘When I said that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner table test”, I meant anti-Muslim sentiment had become so socially acceptable, it could be found even in the most civilised of settings.