a reply to: crazyewok
I have to say i agree with the general premise of your argument that the far right propagate a myth that the UK is overrun by Muslims, this is
entirely true. Many Americans (especially on this website) seem to be largely ignorant of the world outside of America, I am not trying to incite
hatred (though I no doubt will) and I know this is a generalization but it is true to some extent, (I have family in the US and have visited a number
of times to different states, CA, VT, HI, DC-not a state & MA) at least from my personal experience.
However I do disagree with the idea that Deptford and Hackney are no go areas, far from it!
I am a Londoner born and raised within the city limits, and have worked in jobs taking me all over this wonderful and amazing city. In fact Hackney is
now one of the most up and coming areas of London and a highly expensive area indeed! However Deptford is very deprived, but very far from a no go
Also just because somebody has Islamic heritage (Nigerian, Somalian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Iraqi, Indian, Malaysian, etc) it does not mean they
consider themselves a religious Muslim, much the same as an English or German person being only nominally christian.
However there are areas within London and many other cities which are almost 100% Islamic, this means that people whom are indigenous and live in
these areas have a skewed vision of reality & hence propagate the myth that the UK is becoming Islamized. There are still many areas (not including
London) where Islam is an extreme minority & will continue to be so. The nature of expatriate communities is that they grow around a 1st generation
base, and hence some areas develop majority minority populations, this is then used as a basis by extremist far right individuals/groups to argue the
UK is becoming Islamic. No doubt Islamic communities have fast growth rates, but that is because they have a low base, so any growth equates to a
I went to university in Plymouth in Devon, a city of 250,000 + people and the regional hub. It is 98% white British, the largest minorities are the
Polish & Chinese/Korean students. Islam is ax extreme minority, we're talking 30-40%, so there is a huge variation within the country which many fail
to take into account when forming a view.
To all of the Americans out there or people ignorant of the situation, in 2011 the Islamic population of the UK was
, as a
comparison the Islamic population of France is estimated at between
8 & 10%
As a comparison, the non-hispanic US population in 2010 was 4.8% (see page 4 of report
, this is the same percentage of british people who are Islamic.
So unless any one you Americans or anyone else for that matter want to claim that Asian people (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, etc) are taking
over the USA then you cannot seriously claim Islam is taking over the UK considering they represent the same percentage of their respective total
The UK is not becoming "Islamized", and the US is not becoming "Asianized". Unless of course you choose to believe 4.8% of a total population equates
to "taking over"...........
The Data does not lie.
edit on 10-5-2014 by rusblued9217 because: Typo