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The Islamization of Britain in 2013 – Part 2

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Give Us Full Sharia LawOn December 31st I started commenting on an article by Soren Kearns with the Gatestone Institute. He has gone through all of the news articles out of Great Britain for 2013 month by month and hit the highlights showing the Islamization of Britain. Today we will continue looking at these events.

Today I want to finish commenting on this article. This is important to us in North America because what has happened in Britain and the rest of Europe is coming here. We can already see it happening.

July 3013

The British House of Commons published a report entitled “Prison Population Statistics” showed that the number of Muslim inmates in England and Wales jumped to 11,248 in 2012, up from 3,681 in 1997. The rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population.

You might say this is to be expected because of the growing number of Muslims that are moving into Great Britain. When you look at the whole picture, Muslims being about 5% of the British population, they now make up 13% of the British prison population. Non-Muslim inmates are converting to Islam.

Writing in the July 2013 issue of the prisoner’s magazine, Inside Time, a “long serving prisoner” at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire has this to say: “We are able to cook our own food here but if we attempt to cook pork in the communal kitchen it is deemed dangerous, even a threat to your life. The kitchen is usually occupied by 90% Muslims and we have been told if we cook pork we will be stabbed. There have been incidents here where people have been targeted and pressured and bullied into converting to Islam.”

He adds: “I am writing to inform people of these radical extremists views in this prison where I see no official steps being taken to combat them. Young Muslim men are being radicalized in here and one day they may commit acts of terrorism in this country. There seems to be nothing being done here to stop it and people are scared to speak out. I hope we get some feedback from this; it needs to be sorted out.”

August 2013

Two Islamic television channels based in Great Britain were told by a Muslim hate preacher told viewers—live on air—that it was the duty of all Muslims to murder anyone who shows disrespect for the Prophet Mohammed.

The good news is that the British government fined both of these stations 85,000 pounds, that is over $100,000, for inciting people to violence. These fines may be appealed, but at lest the government took some kind of stand on this issue.

September 2013

The Birmingham Metropolitan College reversed a ban on Islamic veils after furious Muslim students complained of discrimination, and launched an online petition drive that gathered more than 8,000 signatures in just two days. The controversy began on September 9, the first day of the autumn term, when the college announced that students and employees would be ordered to remove any face coverings so that individuals are “easily identifiable at all times.” The college’s ban on face-covering niqabs or the body-covering burqas—as well as caps, hoodies and other types of head covering—was billed as a security measure.

In another story a taxpayer-funded Muslim school in England inflamed public anger after it emerged that the institution was operating according to Islamic Sharia law. Islamic fundamentalists running the Al-Madinah School in Derby, an industrial city in central England, had ordered all female teachers—including those who are not Muslim—to cover their heads and shoulders with a hijab, an Islamic scarf. Pupils were banned from singing songs, playing musical instruments, or reading fairy tales, activities deemed to be “un-Islamic.”

Critics say the school—which originally marketed itself as an “inter-faith” school in order to qualify for taxpayer monies—promised that at least 50% of its students would be non-Muslim. But after it obtained £1.4 million (€1.7 million; $2.25 million) in government financing, the administrators of Al-Madinah were accused of switching gears by operating the school according to Islamic law, apparently to ensure that the school will eventually be 100% Muslim.

A third story from September says that the British Department of Education revealed that it is recruiting former agents of the British secret service (MI5) to investigate the alleged infiltration of British schools by Islamic extremists. The agents will form part of a new counter-extremism unit, established to investigate schools in which radical activity has been suspected. Speaking to the Sunday Times on September 29, Education Secretary Michael Gove said some schools are being “taken over” by Muslim hardliners in the hope of radicalizing pupils and staff.

October 2013

Undercover reporters filming a documentary about the prevalence of forced and underage marriage in Britain for the television program ITV Exposure secretly recorded 18 Muslim imams agreeing to perform an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, between a 14-year-old girl and an older man.

Although the legal age for marriage in Britain is 16, according to Sharia law girls can marry once they reach puberty. The imams who agreed to marry the girl openly mocked the legitimacy of British law, reflecting the rise of a parallel Islamic legal system in Britain.

One of the Muslim clerics who agreed to perform the underage marriage is Mohammed Shahid Akhtar, the imam of the Central Jamia Masjid Ghamkol Sharif Mosque in Birmingham, the second-largest mosque in Britain with a capacity of more than 5,000 worshippers. The documentary also shows Akhtar expressing his contempt for British marriage laws: “You’ve got the kuffars [non-believers], the law, the English people that … you know, you can’t get married twice but, by the grace of Allah, we can get married four times.”

In another story from October it was announced that the London Stock Exchange would be launching a new Islamic bond index in an effort to establish the City of London as one of the world’s leading centers of Islamic finance. Britain also plans to become the first non-Muslim country to issue sovereign Islamic bonds, known as sukuk, beginning as early as 2014.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the plans during a keynote speech at the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, which was held in London from October 29-31, the first time the event has ever been held outside the Muslim world.

“Already London is the biggest center for Islamic finance outside the Islamic world,” Cameron told the audience of more than 1,800 international political and business leaders from over 115 countries.

“And today our ambition is to go further still. Because I don’t just want London to be a great capital of Islamic finance in the Western world, I want London to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world.”

There is so much more to say on this issue so I will stop here and continue this discussion tomorrow.

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