Trevor Phillips, who led Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC),  admitted that he “got almost everything wrong” about Muslim immigration. A new report on integration, noted that Muslims are creating “nations within nations” in the West.
 
A Labourite, Phillips will present the report this week. The report is expected to reveal:
 
One in five Muslims in Britain never enter a non-Muslim house;
 
39 per cent of Muslims, male and female, say a woman should always obey her husband;
 
31 per cent of British Muslims support the right of a man to have more than one wife;
 
52 per cent of Muslims did not believe that homosexuality should be legal;
 
23 per cent of Muslims support the introduction of Sharia law rather than the laws laid down by parliament.
 
“Liberal opinion in Britain has, for more than two decades, maintained that most Muslims are just like everyone else,” Phillips admitted in The Times. “Britain desperately wants to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappie athlete Mo Farah. But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we now know that just isn’t how it is.”
 
In 1997, Phillips commissioned the “Runnymede report” which first popularized the term “Islamophobia,” which has become synonymous with any criticism of Islam or its adherents.
 
 
In the new report, Phillips says it shows that a “chasm” between Muslims and non-Muslims on issues such as marriage, relations between men and women, education, freedom of expression and even the validity of violence in defense of religion. He noted “It’s not as though we couldn’t have seen this coming. But we’ve repeatedly failed to spot the warning signs.” He admitted, “Twenty years ago… I published the report titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong.”
 
“We estimated that the Muslim population of the UK would be approaching 2 [million] by 2020. We underestimated by nearly a million. We predicted that the most lethal threat to Muslims would come from racial attacks and social exclusion. We completely failed to foresee the urban conflicts of 2001 that ravaged our northern cities. And of course we didn’t dream of 9/11 and the atrocities in Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Brussels and London.”
 
“For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.”
 
The rise of rape and sex trafficking of non-Muslim girls and women in Muslim-majority areas are not limited to “Asian” men but to Muslims. “The contempt for white girls among some Muslim men has been highlighted by the recent scandals in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and other towns. But this merely reflects a deeply ingrained sexism that runs through Britain’s Muslim communities.”
 
Phillips mused, “Some of my journalist friends imagine that, with time, the Muslims will grow out of it. They won’t.”
 
Phillips blamed liberal and media elites. “Oddly, the biggest obstacles we now face in addressing the growth of this nation-within-a-nation are not created by British Muslims themselves. Many of our (distinctly un-diverse) elite political and media classes simply refuse to acknowledge the truth. Any undesirable behaviours are attributed to poverty and alienation. Backing for violent extremism must be the fault of the Americans. Oppression of women is a cultural trait that will fade with time, nothing to do with the true face of Islam.”
 
“Even when confronted with the growing pile of evidence to the contrary, and the angst of the liberal minority of British Muslims, clever, important people still cling to the patronising certainty that British Muslims will, over time, come to see that “our” ways are better.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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