For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 19 Jan 2014.
In May 2013, new census data published by the British Government showed that Islam was set to become the dominant religion in Britain within the next generation.
When informed that a Muslim girl did not want to get married, Mohammed Shahid Akhtar, Imam of one of Birmingham’s biggest Mosques, said, “She’s 14. By Sharia, grace of Allah, she’s legal to get married.”
The Muslim population of Britain topped 3.3 million by the end of 2013 to become around 5.2 per cent of the overall population of 63 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.
At the same time, opinion surveys consistently show that voters in Britain view Islam and the question of Muslim immigration as a top-ranked public concern. The British public, it seems, is increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.
But government efforts to push back against the Islamization of Britain have been halting and half-hearted.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.