In defence of Islamic integration in the UK, Ian Birrell at the The Guardian wrote, “In the space of just a few days a Muslim woman clad in a hijab cooked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake, a Muslim footballer was voted player of the year for the first time and a Muslim woman notched up the unprecedented hat-trick of being the first black, female and Islamic student president.”
Birrell’s article goes on to refer to Labour's Sadiq Khan, who was elected the first Muslim mayor of London back in May.
In a similar article by the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi wrote:
“There are 13 Muslim MPs, a British Muslim candidate for mayor of London, a Muslim dragon in the Dragons’ Den, and a Muslim winner of the Great British Bake Off, it seems that in reality, Muslims are very much part of British society.”
The mainstream media continues to search for individuals, often from minorities, who can supposedly represent entire communities -- but only when the results suit their narrative.
Either we say individuals are representative – or we finally decide they’re not.
We can’t cherry pick members of a community and hold them up as representative, before disregarding the hundreds of foreign citizens who have left to join Islamist militant groups.
What’s more worrying is when otherwise intelligent people, such as Miqdaad Versi, start using entertainment television as a guide to judging reality. Logically speaking, there are more British Muslims who have died fighting for the Islamic State than have baked a cake for the Queen.
In another article, also published by The Guardian, it was revealed that:
“Half of all British Muslims think homosexuality should be illegal” and “nearly a quarter (23%) supported the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain.” The article stated that, “the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, [found these findings…] 'extremely worrying' as they suggested on many issues Muslims were a 'nation within a nation.'”
In the controversial book "The Moral Landscape" by Sam Harris, it’s also revealed that, “According to a recent poll, 36 percent of British Muslims (aged sixteen to twenty-four) think apostates should be put to death for their unbelief.” Sam Harris, an influential critic of religion, would later go on to call Islam “the motherlode of bad ideas.”
To corroborate this view on apostates, VICE News recently released a documentary titled "Rescuing Ex-Muslims: Leaving Islam."
The film depicts an “underground network in London who help rescue ex-Muslims. [It follows] the network as it helps a young atheist escape Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and provides support and shelter for young British people on the run from their families and communities.”
Additionally, the documentary shows CCTV footage from Northern England, where a father of six is attacked, and left hospitalized, merely for leaving Islam.
In the West, we continue to head down the path of least resistance, failing to recognise the indisputable link between fanatical religious doctrine, and the violence that comes from it. As a freethinking atheist, the Syrian poet Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri is not representative of 11th century Aleppo or its communities free from the dogmas of religion, the same way the winner of the Great British Bake Off will unlikely say much about Islam in 21st century Britain.
To continue to say otherwise is not only absurd, but dangerous.