Saturday, August 19, 2006
Multiculturalism to blame for perverting young Muslims
So far South Tyneside is a model to follow.
I came across this interesting piece in Archbishop Cranmer's excellent blog a couple of days ago;
The Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, is both personally and professionally qualified to comment authoritatively on religious tensions. His father converted from Islam to Roman Catholicism, and the Bishop himself is a convert from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism. This journey from darkness to light has given him considerable insight. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he says:
Cranmer makes some very interesting points in his blog, and I'm sure that in bringing the Bishop of Rochester's article to our attention he is being sincere in his concern for certain parts of the U.K. However, whilst I share these concerns, particularly for parts of Inner London, Bradford, and other parts of West Yorkshire, I am happy to report that on the whole in South Tyneside we need not have these concerns.
We do have a significant minority of Muslims living here who have a long history and tradition of integrating well, schools are multicultural and multifaith, and political parties also have a representation (small but growing). If there are any worries, then they centre around the diversities within the Islamic faith, and I feel fairly sure that the new radicalism much feared by some, will find it rather difficult to gain a foothold in our own Muslim community. Centuries of stable integration in South Tyneside can provide a model for other towns within the U.K.to follow.
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