One of my favourite British commentators, Theodore Dalrymple has a fascinating article in The Times on the impact prison has on British Muslims. As he points out;
"First, the number of Muslim prisoners has risen sixfold over the past 15 years. With more than 4,000 such inmates they make up 70 per cent of prisoners from minority groups. They are mostly of Pakistani descent, and the relative absence of people of subcontinental origin who follow other religions is equally striking."
Of course good politically correct people are never so impolite as to enquire WHY these second and third generation Pakistanis are filling up our prisons. Theodore then makes the key point;
"Secondly, Islamic proselytising is prevalent in our prisons. An outside observer might conclude from the religious literature that he sees there that Britain is more an Islamic than a Christian country. I was often surprised on entering a cell in the prison in which I worked to discover a booklet with a title such as The Basic Teachings of Islam. More often than not, this will be the prisoner’s first experience of reading abstract principles."
But it's a religion of PEACE - isn't it? Surely there can be no harm with a bit of proselytising for the Prophet? It has to ne a basic Human Right, doesn't it?
"The politico-religious fanaticism of which we are rightly afraid is thus not the product of Islam alone, but of an amalgam of Islam with sociological ideas according to which people are victims of structural injustice, of the modern equivalent of djinns such as institutionalised racism. In an open society such as ours, this way of thinking is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and encloses people in ghettos of their own making. They dwell on what they cannot do rather on what they can, and attribute the obstacles to others. It flatters them with the comforting illusion that all their failures come from outside rather than within.
Those who talk glibly of social justice, Without knowing what they mean by it, are — no doubt unwittingly — promoting politico-religious fanaticism almost as surely as hate-filled clerics.
That's the bottom line. The Islamist rage directed against this country is party fueled by those such as our own the Prime Minister Tony Blair who waffles on endlessly about how "Social Justice" is top of his agenda. The irony is that only when we make it clear that the inadequacies and deprivations felt by some Islamists in this country have nothing to do with the failure of OUR society to be "inclusive" and everything to do with their fanatical Islamist zeal to be "exclusive"