Sunday, 7 August 2011
A charity for persecuted Christian minorities facing execution and bombings in Pakistan and Iraq has decided to campaign against what it perceives as the growing “Islamisation” of Britain.

The Barnabas Fund, which runs aid projects in up to 60 countries, claims some of the hardships faced by oppressed Christians abroad are now reflected in the UK because of a rise in militant Islam.

Its move comes amid new evidence that Muslim extremists are flexing their muscle around the country by regularly blacking out posters featuring scantily clad women.

Adverts for underwear and bikinis by the H&M fashion chain have been targeted in Birmingham, London and Derby. In some attacks, models have been covered up with a spray-painted burqa.

The Barnabas Fund, whose supporters include Lord Mawhinney, a former Tory party chairman, and Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, has distributed 125,000 copies of a booklet, entitled Slippery Slope: The Islamisation of the UK, to churches and followers.

It portrays the advance of Islam in mainstream society, citing the incorporation of aspects of sharia in Britain’s civil courts; the increasing number of Muslim schools; and the widespread use of halal meat by supermarkets.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, the charity’s international director, writes in the booklet: “More radical elements want Britain to be a fully Islamic society and are striving to bring it under the rule of sharia.”

This weekend Mark Green, the charity’s deputy director, said: “Some of the issues Christians face in countries where they are clearly under pressure — in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan — we have been seeing in the UK in small ways.”

Green pointed to the case of Gary Smith, an RE teacher who was beaten up by a gang who did not approve of him teaching Muslim girls. Four men were jailed in May for leaving Smith, 38, unconscious after the attack in Bow, east London.

Nazir-Ali caused an outcry three years ago by saying parts of Britain had become “no-go” areas for non-Muslims. He is not believed to be directly involved in the Barnabas Fund campaign. A friend said: “He has already said whatever he wishes to on this matter.”

Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam foundation counter-extremism think tank said the charity was needlessly “whipping up hysteria”. He said: “Most Muslims in this country are tolerant of Christians and believe in co-existence.”

Last week two 18-year-old Muslims were convicted of criminal damage in east London after they painted over posters of a model advertising Lynx toiletries. One of the men had already been convicted of distributing homophobic stickers declaring a “gay-free zone”.

Last month extremists declared parts of Waltham Forest a “sharia-controlled zone”, putting up posters banning alcohol, drugs and prostitution.
Source: Sunday Times


Anonymous said...

I live near Birmingham and its getting pretty scary. Basically now we have an issue with rich muslims buying pubs and running them down so they can convert them to houses. The Cottage in Wednesbury was recenly burned out aw the owner wants to build houses on the property but had issues as it was a listed building. There were rumors that it was going to be gutted a few weeks before the "accident". Dam shame the way society is going. If I were rich enough to leave the country I would go somewhere where this strange culture doesn't exist.

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