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Shari'a Offensive Continues in UK With Brit MP Calling For New Law "Equalizing" Religions

September 18, 2008

Shari'a Offensive Continues In UK With Brit MP Calling For New Law "Equalizing" Religions

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

September 17, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - British MP Sadiq Khan is demanding a new law aimed at destroying one of the core attributes of Western society, it's Judeo-Christian founding principles.

Though the proposed legislation is being explained away as merely a method to reduce the unproven canard that Islam is discriminated against in the UK, "Under his proposal, public bodies would have to be proactive in tackling religious discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, would issue guidance and codes of practice" [source, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/muslim-mp-calls-for-religious-equality-law-931982.html], the effort must be understood as only the latest move by Islamists to elevate Shari'a at the expense of the vast majority of UK residents who are non-Muslims.

The proposal was broached in a pamphlet produced by the Fabian Society, a socialist pressure group, and one not historically friendly to the religious orthodoxy of the status quo. http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=ukid=9.17.08%2Ehtm

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http://fabians.org.uk/publications/ideas-pamphlets/fairness-not-favours

Muslim MP calls for religious equality law

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor

The Independent (UK)
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Sadiq Khan: Law would help Muslims integrate

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Sadiq Khan: Law would help Muslims integrate

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/muslim-mp-calls-for-religious-equality-law-931982.html A minister has called for the Government to introduce a new religious discrimination law which would require public bodies to have a legal duty to promote equality between faiths, to reassure Britain's Muslims that they are not second-class citizens.

Sadiq Khan, a government whip, wants a forthcoming Single Equality Bill aimed at stamping out discrimination on grounds of sex, race, gender and disability to include religion. He also calls for "Islamophobia in the workplace" to be tackled.

Under his proposal, public bodies would have to be proactive in tackling religious discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, would issue guidance and codes of practice. "This would not apply exclusively to British Muslims, but it would make a significant difference to the experience of members of this community who, because of socio-economic status, are particularly reliant on public services," Mr Khan says.

The Tooting MP, one of four Muslim Labour MPs, makes his controversial call in a Fabian Society pamphlet, Fairness not Favours, published today. He says a proactive approach to prevent religious discrimination would balance "harder edged" measures such as "clampdowns" on immigration and security and undercut attempts by Muslim extremists to exploit social disadvantage.

Mr Khan wants to break down religious barriers and argues strongly that Britain's Muslims must change, too. He urges them to forget about the Iraq war; give their women more freedom and use their charities to help white poor people. He also calls for imams to stress the importance of parental participation in schools and says everyone should learn English.

"We must end the futile debates about whether or not English needs to be spoken by all who live here or want to come here, and instead address how to ensure everyone can," he writes. "The requirement to learn English is not colonial. English is a passport to participation in mainstream society – jobs, education and even being able to use health services."

The minister says that British history should be mandatory in schools: "Nowadays, how many people – let alone schoolchildren – know that numerous Asians, including Muslims, fought and died in the First World War defending all we stand for today? Or that 2.5 million men from the Indian army fought in the Second World War for a nation they had never visited?"

Mr Khan says: "All of us in the Muslim communities must unequivocally agree that honour killings are murder and forced marriages are kidnapping. These traditions have no place here or anywhere."

He warns that a failure to deal with the inequalities of British Muslim women negates any attempts to build a just and fair society: "But it also has serious consequences for preventing extremism, given the majority of the extremist and radical ideologies that lead young men to turn themselves into human bombs are also deeply misogynist."

Fairness not Favours - How to reconnect with British Muslims http://fabians.org.uk/publications/ideas-pamphlets/fairness-not-favours

'Fairness not Favours' by Sadiq Khan MPFairness not Favours: How to reconnect with British Muslims
Sadiq Khan MP

Fabian ideas 624.
ISBN 978 0 7163 0624 5
£6.95

In ‘Fairness not Favours', Sadiq Khan MP argues that an effective agenda to provide opportunity and tackle extremism across all communities must go beyond a narrow approach to security, and sets out new proposals for a progressive agenda on inequality and life chances, public engagement in foreign policy, an inclusive Britishness, and rethinking the role of faith in public life.

Part of the Britishness theme


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