The former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission who popularized the term 'Islamophobia' has admitted that he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration and integration.
Trevor Phillips will be presenting “What British Muslims Really Think” tonight on Channel 4.
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An ICM poll released to The Times reveals some disturbing statistics.
One in five Muslims in Britain never enter a non-Muslim house
39 per cent of Muslims, male and female, say a woman should always obey her husband
52 per cent of Muslims did not believe that homosexuality should be legal
23 per cent of Muslims support the introduction of Sharia law
In 1997 Phillips commissioned “the Runnymede report” which popularized the term 'Islamophobia'
“Twenty years ago… I published the report titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong,” Phillips admitted.
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He then pointed out that he didn't predict the rise of no-go zones in Europe.
“We estimated that the Muslim population of the UK would be approaching 2 [million] by 2020. We underestimated by nearly a million. We predicted that the most lethal threat to Muslims would come from racial attacks and social exclusion. We completely failed to foresee the urban conflicts of 2001 that ravaged our northern cities. And of course we didn’t dream of 9/11 and the atrocities in Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Brussels and London.”
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“For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better,” he conceded.”
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In addition, he acknowledged the series of rapes and sexual assault scandals by Muslim men in the UK are legitimate concerns and not 'far right' propaganda.
“The contempt for white girls among some Muslim men has been highlighted by the recent scandals in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and other towns. But this merely reflects a deeply ingrained sexism that runs through Britain’s Muslim communities,” he wrote.
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