Some of our Muslims Are Missing

Twenty percent of Muslims have never had a job, the national average is two percent.

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It’s not just the EDL who have noticed that Muslims do not play a full role in our society. Twenty percent of them have never had a job, while the national average is two percent. Now the government has decided to try to bring them more fully into British life, with the promise of ‘leadership roles.’

A commission called, ‘The Missing Muslims’ by ‘Citizens UK,’ will publish its findings and recommendations tomorrow afternoon, Monday July 3rd. The charity organises ‘communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.’

Since 2015 the Commissioners, comprising people from business, academia, politics and faith have been travelling to hearings across the UK to listen to more than 500 hours of testimonies and evidence detailing the experiences of Muslims and non Muslims, those once known as Christians.

Chaired by with Dominic Grieve, QC, MP, the aim is to, ‘explore how civil society can help unlock British Muslim potential for the benefit of all.’ To try to bring this about, there will be recommendations for mentoring schemes for young Muslims, for instance in industry and engineering.

It promises to be different to anything which has gone before in two ways: asking how the mentoring schemes will apply to women, who at present are often not allowed to work by the older generation in their community. Remarkably it also acknowledges the problem that many UK MP’s have with challenging Islam, that many Muslims are voters.

Dominic Grieve is apparently going to say that a much wider engagement with Muslims is required, and everyone should be allowed to challenge ‘poor Mosque governance.’ This is due to many mosques being run by old men. We are also going to be encouraged to openly tackle extremist views.

Apparently and rather touchingly many Muslims are afraid to express themselves in the public arena because they fear that their beliefs, such as God creating the world in six days, which they hold sacred, will be challenged if not reviled. They are just not prepared for that. They are going to be encouraged to express their most dangerous and disturbing views more openly in exchange for a greater role in public life. It’s hoped that these exchanges will help ‘Millenial Muslims’ emerge from hiding to take their place as teachers and engineers living equally alongside the rest of us.

This report follows closely on a previous one last year by Dame Louise Casey. She accused public bodies of ignoring potentially divisive religious practices out of the fear of being branded racist. After facing a storm of criticism, led by Lady Warsi, she told the BBC that her problem was about, ‘Educating men and actually speaking to the Imams, and the so-called community leaders.’

She had real problems in trying to do that and her report found that segregation, deprivation and social exclusion were increasing, coinciding with a growth in ‘regressive’ ideologies. She made a practical demand for more help for teachers in Muslim areas, who she said, have to ‘walk a tightrope.’

‘It’s about actually standing by teachers in schools, ‘ she said, ‘That are day in day out in some of these high-concentration areas having to walk that tightrope between ‘can somebody go on a theatre trip, can somebody play music’ – all of these things – we’re not standing behind them and saying ‘yes, of course you can.’

No one started standing behind them and her work sank without trace. This new push at creating cohesion sounds very interesting but rather ignores the reality of where we are, which is pretty much where we were; most public bodies including the news networks, even the BBC, are still terrified of being called racist and do not like giving voice to extremists as they tend to create a very negative view of Islam. The reality of bearded men calling for a Caliphate in the UK contradicts the left wing fantasy that we are all rubbing along happily in a multi-cultural paradise.

There is also the problem that if Muslims do openly give vent to their real beliefs within the hearing of non believers, many British people will not feel like challenging them but will politely walk away. Many cultures in the world, the Afro Caribbean and the Arabic for instance are very forthright and direct but the British are not. As usual with these government inspired schemes the good intentions are there. The execution of this one, if that ever happens, is going to be fascinating, but no one should start holding their breath.



3 Comments on Some of our Muslims Are Missing

  1. As a departing Russian Amabassador remarked; if the English have got along and the most marked characteristic of their civisation was its ‘gentleness’, as Orwell wrote, it is because they have been hypocrites. Hypocrisy, the Ambassador affirmed, might be the way forward for all Civilisations. Be polite and keep ones real views to oneself…..Of course, that was when England was racially, culturally and religiously homogenous. Religiously homogenous in a Christian way. …..That is no longer the case. The big mistake of many is to assume that the population, the culture and the religion can be altered out of all recognition and things will tick over as before or actually improve…..Will it? How long will the tactic of hypocrisy of the English, aka tolerance, last in the face of the presence of swelling numbers of ethnic aliens who have deep historically and religiously conditioned grievances against them. Aliens who are willing to be downright hostile and sometimes aggressive towards them…..At the moment, England is living on the social capital of hypocrisy / tolerance accumulated over many centuries in specific conditions. ……This capital is I suggest beginning to run out.

  2. Islam is insidiously creeping into a position of hegemony. This I suspect is the latest attempt to help it on its way.

  3. Are there any female Imams?

    In the 1920s the Spanish-American philosopher George Santyanna wrote from his own experience that English football crowds were as orderly as church congregations. What he called the ‘deliriums of mankind’ could not be found in England. The hysteria that attends politics in other continents was absent. This was a time when English towns, all possessing a different character, were ‘sleepy’.

    I recently heard an Afro-Caribbean declaim vehemently that the purpose of the Great War was to eradicate all traces of Muslim civilisation from southern Europe, including Spain. What can you do to dispel this ignorant conspiratorial view of history? Probably nothing.

    The living and letting live, the polite gentleness, is running out in the sense that it is being replaced with something else: all the ‘deliriums of mankind’.

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