In an article in the Guardian newspaper, in 2007, David Cameron recounted his experience of staying with a Muslim family in Birmingham. In the article, he made some really extraordinary assertions.
“family breakdown, drugs, crime and incivility are part of the normal experience of modern Britain.”
implying that crime and incivility were commonplace among the British as a whole.
Then he said “Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.”
What an offensive remark! Of course his use of the word “Asian” was very questionable here. The word has unfortunately become something of a euphemism for people of Pakistani origin living in the UK. Of course there are many people of Asian origin in the UK who do not come from Pakistan – including Indians and Chinese among others. A very diverse group in fact, whose “way of life” could hardly be described in such monolithic terms.
Given the context of his remark it is not unreasonable to assume that David Cameron was actually thinking solely of the way of life of those of Pakistani origin. Since the vast majority of the UK’s Pakistani origin people are Muslims, it is also not unreasonable to equate his words with praise for the behaviour of Muslims in the UK. Let us look a little closer at some aspects of this “way of life”.
SHOULD WE WORK LESS?
Unemployment is high among the Muslim community. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph in 2010, half of the UK’s Muslim males are unemployed, and 3/4 of the UK’s Muslim females are unemployed (1).
SHOULD WE COMMIT MORE CRIME?
According to the Daily Mail, Muslims make up one in seven of the UK’s prison population, despite making up only one in twenty of the UK’s population overall (2). In our high security prisons the percentage is even higher, at one in 5 (3).
SHOULD WE ACCEPT CHILD ABUSE AND MURDER AS GOOD EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIOUR?
His extraordinary assertion that we should “integrate with the British Asian way of life” will not be easy to accomplish, unless we ourselves become Muslims. Perhaps he thinks we should submit to Islam and become Muslims so that we can visit their mosques? Perhaps he thinks that we should accept the words of the Koran (33:21) that Mohammed’s life was the most perfect example for mankind, a life that included marriage to a 6 year old child, mass murder, enslavement among other things?
SHOULD WE MARRY OUR COUSINS AND BECOME INBRED?
Cousin Marriages are very commonplace among people of Pakistani origin in the UK, according to the Independent newspaper the rate is 2 out of every 3 marriages. This is leading to a significant increase in disabilities among the offspring of such couples (4). Here again, we see the influence of the “most perfect example” of Mohammed’s life, because Mohammed married his own cousin. Should we adopt the Muslim custom of never daring to question this “most perfect example”, Mr. Cameron?
SHOULD WE IGNORE THE BRITISH JUSTICE SYSTEM AND SET UP A PARALLEL LEGAL SYSTEM?
Increasingly we are hearing of Sharia law courts operating in the UK. Women are often treated as second class citizens at these courts, which usually are entirely judged by men.
How/why David Cameron was ever viewed as a person with leadership ability will forever be a mystery to me.
Quite why the British non-Muslims were not insulted and outraged by his remarks, is something that baffles me. Not for the first time, I find myself thinking that Cameron has got to be replaced with someone who can unite the people of the UK, instead of someone who is happy to insult the majority in order to appease this minority. Here is the article in full: