Op-Ed: Exposé: England is Marching to Islam
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.
According to a new study of the Henry Jackson Society, the Muslim Council of Britain, which calls itself the “representative body” of UK Muslims, already has a more prominent role in public debate today than the Church of England.
“2030: the year in which England ceased to be a Christian nation”, said the Daily Mail. The title might be too optimistic. The Church of England is already dying and the UK is experiencing a process of “Islamification”, as a leftwing publication such as The Independent recently titled a report.
In his new bestselling book “Civilization,” renowned Harvard historian Niall Ferguson writes: “If the Muslim population of the UK were to continue growing at an annual rate of 6.7% (as it did between 2004 and 2008,) its share of the total UK population would rise from just under 4% in 2008 to 8% in 2020, to 15% in 2030 and to 28% in 2040, finally passing 50%in 2050.”
At the recent Anglican Synod, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Paul Butler, declared that the Church of England “will no longer exist in twenty years”. The Economist, a weekly magazine always insightful about the internal upheaval of the British society, predicts that in 2020 the members of the Church of England will be no more than 680,000, compared to the current 800,000 and one million a decade ago. In 1979 there were 5 million.
The recent national census for England and Wales shows that in the capital, London, people identifying themselves as “white British” have for the first time become a minority. But most strikingly, the national Muslim population has doubled.
It is now official: between 2001 and 2011 the Muslim population of the UK rose from 1.5 million to 2.7 million. Otherwise put, it is an increase from 3 percent to 4.8 percent of the overall population.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in England and Wales, according to new census data.
Another recent survey, conducted by the inter-faith group Faith Matters, shows that the number of British converts to Islam just passed the 100,000 mark, and there are as many as 5,000 new conversions each year. The Channel 4 programme “The Last White Kids” shows two British children living in an entirely Muslim district and becoming enthusiastic attenders at the local mosque.
Since the last census in 2001, the number of Britons identifying themselves, however loosely, as “Christians”, is down 13 percentage points to 59 per cent.
The study named English Church Census also predicts that the number of Christians attending Sunday services in the UK will fall by two-thirds over the next three decades. The study expects that poor attendance will force 18,000 churches to close.
Islamification is spreading in the universities as well.
Eight British universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have accepted more than 233.5 million pounds sterling from Saudi and Muslim sources since 1995. The total sum, revealed by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, amounts to the largest source of external funding to UK universities.
Universities that have accepted donations from Saudi royals and other Arab sources include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, University College London, the London School of Economics, Exeter, Dundee and City.
The consequences of the funding have been very clear. 70 per cent of political science lectures at the Middle Eastern Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford, were “implacably hostile” to the West and Israel. It’s a phenomenon epitomized by a sign on the walls of London University: “Peace with Israel is a crime”.
Meanwhile, the great British ideal stretching back centuries to the Magna Carta, requiring that everyone should be treated equally under the law, has been eroded by the Sharia courts.
The UK imported imported Islamic law from theocracies like Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia: an estimated 85 Sharia councils are already operating in the UK, according to a 2009 report by the think tank Civitas. There is also a large network of informal Islamic “councils”, often operating out of mosques, dealing with religious divorces and even child custody matters in line with Koranic teaching. These courts are based on the rejection of the principle of inviolability of human rights. The courts formalize the “talaq,” the repudiation of the wife by the husband, polygamy, the right to “rebuke” the wives and genital mutilation.
The Islamists have also been able to destroy another British treasure: freedom of expression. Historian Tom Holland’s Channel 4 film “Islam: The Untold Story” has been cancelled due to a flow of menaces and death threats. Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winning artist, then admitted that he censors himself when it comes to matters relating to Islam. “I don’t want my throat cut”, he said.
In the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the great historian Edward Gibbon speculated that if the French had failed to defeat an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Poitiers in 732C.E., “perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford”. When those words were published in 1788, the idea was a fantasy. Today, Oxford debates “Israel’s right to exist” and preaches Islam.
Gibbon was right, but before his time. The British march toward Islam looks inexorable. This is Aldoux Huxley’s “Brave New World”. The imams’ call to prayer will rise across the slate roofs of the British industrial slums and medieval “emirates” will operate outside British law but inside the cities. Churches will be used as night clubs or mosques. Jews will be forced to live in new ghettos for “security reasons” or to pack and leave.
Britain as we knew is going to disappear. History tells us that entire countries have adopted a new religion.in the past. Why it can’t happen again in the UK?