UK Is Too Tolerant to Muslims, Says Expert; Professor Siddiqui: Difficult Issues

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UK Is Too Tolerant to Muslims, Says Expert; Professor Siddiqui: Difficult Issues


Byline: Mike Larkin

SCOTLANDS top Islamic scholar has attacked Britain for being tootolerant to Muslims.

Professor Mona Siddiqui, director of the Centre for the Study of Islam atGlasgow University, said the culture of tolerance in the UK was allowingextremist ideas to flourish.

While other European countries encourage minority ethnic groups to integrate,Britain promotes multiculturalism, which the academic believes is driving awedge between citizens.

Professor Siddiqui said: European Muslims are always saying to me that inBritain there is so much more freedom. They are not saying it in an envious waythey are almost condemning it.

They believe British Muslims are allowed to get away with so much more.

The academic said Continental European Muslims would never contemplate sayingor doing certain things that their counterparts in Britain might do or say.

She added: For example, what various imams say in mosques and how people areallowed to propagate leaflets and thinking which they find extreme.

Professor Siddiqui said taking such a liberal approach was damaging the fabricof British society.

She added: It is dangerous because it fosters an us and them attitude.

European Muslims believe things are worse in Britain in that Muslims dont wantto integrate.

A lot of what we are seeing just now is people thinking that if they can takeadvantage of this system, this liberalism and this freedom, then they will. …

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