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Muslim Council of Britain Responds to Prime
Minister's False Allegations in his Conservative Party Speech
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 12, 2015
In response to the Prime Ministerís speech at the
Conservative Party Conference, the Muslim Council of Britain issued the
We commend the Prime Minister for speaking up
for a multicultural and multi-faith Britain and we welcome his focus on
what more can be done to foster a nation at ease with itself.
agree, communities should be empowered to deal with extremism and eschew a
politics of grievance. A first step to help in that effort ought to be to
address perception of otherness within these communities fed by perceived
unwillingness of the government of the day and the political class to
engage with respect and dignity with these communities. In this light, we
welcome the recognition of the growing presence of anti-Muslim hatred but
hope this will be followed up with a complete cross-governmental strategy
which includes at its heart engagement with the affected communities.
We also welcome the Prime Ministerís position that there are enough
laws in force, referring we understand to counter-terrorism legislations.
The MCB argued that the current counter-terrorism laws should be reviewed
to ensure their effects on communities are understood, lest they be
counter-productive to our shared goal of keeping our nation safe and
However, we are concerned at the Prime Ministerís targeting
of the supplementary schools. It is neither Islamic, nor prevalent in
madrasahs to be isolationist or to preach hate of other faiths. We would
hope that these serious allegations can
be substantiated and the evidence brought forward, so that appropriate
action can be taken.
Mosques and Muslim religious groups up and
down the country tirelessly engage in inter-faith, civic coalitions to
make our society better and repeatedly remind Muslim children and adults
that we have a religious duty to act for the common good of society.
We recognise that there is room for improvement as many of these
establishments are under-resourced, understaffed and are often not
properly trained and supported. In that regard, we welcome the
government's interest to support them in these provisions. In our view,
that should be done through an approach built on mutual trust, respect and
cooperation which includes respect for their independence. A securitised
approach to address these issues will only create mistrust and feed into
grievance narrative that our PM is evidently so eager to avoid.
and forced marriages are wrong but we should not conflate this with
extremism and even less so with religion.
Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500
affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities
For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079
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