British Muslims are becoming a nation within a nation, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned. Commenting on a ground-breaking survey, Trevor Phillips said we are “in danger of sacrificing a generation of young British people to values that are antithetical to the beliefs of most of us, including many Muslims”. He called for a new, tougher approach to integration and the abandonment of “the failed policy of multiculturalism".
The survey had made “one truly terrifying” conclusion that “Muslims who have separatist views about how they want to live in Britain are far more likely to support terrorism than those who do not”, added Mr Phillips, who ran the EHRC until 2012 and was previously in charge of the Commission for Racial Equality.
His comments came as the ICM survey for Channel 4, which surveyed 1,000 Muslims face-to-face, found that:
One in 25 Muslims (four per cent) said they felt at least some sympathy with people who took part in suicide bombings, while a similar proportion said they had some sympathy with “people who commit terrorist actions as a form of political protest”.
A quarter – 25 per cent – said they could understand why British school girls could be attracted to become “jihadi brides” overseas.
Less than half (47 per cent) agreed that Muslims should do more to tackle the causes of extremism in the Muslim community.
52 per cent believed homosexuality should not be legal in Britain, 39 per cent agreed “wives should always obey their husbands”, and 31 per cent said it was acceptable for a man to have more than one wife