Muslims are best - it's official!
May 19, 2007 1:07pm CST
I shalln't try to explain what cricket is, but during todays international match between England and the West Indies, Jonathon Agnew, of the BBCs Test Match Special team (Cricket commentary), spent half an hour at lunch, interviewing the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair. Whilst discussing all the important issues of the day, cricket, the weather, and terrorism, Sir Ian stated that according to his police forces statistics (covering the Greater London District, and terrorism across the UK) the Islamic community is the most law-abising section of British Society. As people on myLot are always claiming that Muslims favour violence, anarchy, and do not accept anything except Shariah Law, I would like to know, upon what data and facts is that absurd and bigotted assessment based. Clearly, the Muslim people of the UK have no problems with living under UK law, and favour good behaviour, decency and non-criminal lifestyles! If only the rest of us could live up to their fine example!
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19 May 07
Bloody good show! Who would have thought it eh? All you bigots can eat your words now. I'm glad Sir Bair has shared this information with us because I think other police commissioners might not have bothered. But this is important information, which I am sure is to shock the bigots who hide in their basements with their doors locked and their lights off, waiting for that day the Muslims come knocking. You can come out now!! Cheers for sharing this Adrenochrome!
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21 May 07
I must admit that I have never understood the allegations that Muslims would strive to make the UK an Islamic state. Many cultures and religions are represented within the UK, and no-one ever accuses others of trying to overpower the country. I wish these statistice were more commonly available to the public, and were reported on news broadcasts, rather than sport. I suppose it's hard to sensationalise a story that would read 'Muslims not trying to take over!' - it would hardly be scandalous. Thanks for your comments, and hopefully this will make the general public think twice when hearing anti-Islamic propaganda. All tha best.
24 May 07
As I feel is the same for most people in the UK, my experience with Islamic people has, on the whole, been very pleasant. Respect and good manners do not appear to have become signs of weakness, and I'm very glad that 1 million people of the Islamic faith, and a diverse national and cultural background, have meade their homes in Britain.
25 May 07
I can realize that in England the majority of English people knows Muslims are not bad. At the same time I view your media projecting a negative image of Muslims. This is what causes my concern. The constant bombartment of a negative image of Muslims by the media is evantually going to change the positive image. And perhaps this is what they have planned.
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25 May 07
I agree with you, regarding the UK government and media. Rather than perhaps a bombardment, the UK medias constant 'drip, drip' erosion of the Islamic peoples standing is a great concern. Fortunately, I believe enough Brits know real life Muslims, and understand that the media is trying to sensationalise the activities of an incredibly small number of people. Unfortunately, I can only see this erosion of character having the effect of disenfranchising more of the Islamic youth, and possibly making it easier for the evil few to recruit followers. In England we have an old saying 'better hung for a sheep as a lamb', and with young Muslims feeling that they have already been tried and judged, and found guilty by the media, that they may as well commit the crime! It can, alternatively, only help the bigotted and evil racists within this country (also, a minority) convince moderates that some action must be taken, because the media are reporting these things. It becomes a double-whammy of negativity, and only helps to serve the ends and ambitions of the extremists on both sides of the argument! It does sadden me, as the UK (particularly the BBC) was once regarded as dependable and informed within its media.
20 May 07
Even I'm not from UK, I can understand what a Muslim would do there, Muslims have to obey the country rules and respect one's own country. So Muslims will abide the county laws and live in peace with others. The real living Muslims are the examples, it is enough.
21 May 07
I'm glad to hear opinions from outside the UK, I feel that as the world has greater migration between countries today, that anyones experiences on this matter are important and welcome. I'm not sure how things are within India, but within the UK, our government and media have been gradually eroding public opinion of our Islamic citizens, with weekly reports and character assassinations of Islam. It has been a constant drip-drip of misinformation and storymongering, which I have found immensely offensive. I fear that this intolerant portrayal of a people who have been, and continue to be, a great asset to this country, could disenfranchise some of the moderate youngsters. It might even make them more approachable to the extreme minority of fundamentalists, who will use this government and media behaviour as examplles that the UK does not want Muslims here. This is not the case. We are very fortunate in the UK, to have many cultures, creeds and religions amongst us, bringing diversity, education and colour, that we can all share in. The Islamic citizens are a part of this beautiful mix, which expands our understanding and enjoyment. I know that there have been problems between Islam and Hindi, largely because of how Britain handled Indian partition and independence, especially in the Kashmir region of India/Pakistan, and it gives me great hope that both our nations will soon see the day of harmony between all people, regardless of ethnicity, religion or background. Thank you for your answer, and I agree, the real living Muslims are the true reflection, by their good behaviour and tolerance.
19 May 07
Indeed. That's an excellent point, and our media/government would do well to bear this in mind before launching hate campaigns against muslims. Society's attitudes and idea of acceptable treatment of people seems to be positively and unashamedly mediaeval recently. I must say that it's probably no co-incidence that Sir Blair waited until his mate Tony was well and truly on his way out, his successor officially established, before publically making this point.
21 May 07
The fact that he made the point is a positive step forward. I'm glad that someone has actually taken the effort to put the facts into the public domain. What a shame this nugget of information gets hidden within a sports broadcast, and not covered by the news networks! Thanks for the input.
30 May 07
There goes your acceptance urbandekay that money can buy you in your society. Definately those 8% Muslims (I do not have any means to check your statistics), were not rich enough or they would be living a respectable life, so the main crime they committed was being poor.
• Sri Lanka
26 May 07
In Sri Lanka we have two kinds of Elephants. The wild elephants in the jungle who are under the protection of the law attack and destroy and sometimes kill. Then the tame Elephants who live among the people are more timid than a dog, obedient and works and labours for the people to build. Muslims in Sri Lanka also are law abiding and educated. The females wear short frocks and party with everyone. What happens here is the strict laws of Islam and the peace in Buddism mixes together and influences them. When it comes to only Buddhism the peacefulness maybe there but the strict guidelines are not there to discipline them. When it comes to Islam only, the radical laws will prevail and lead to insane actions.
29 May 07
I think different cultures can influence each other, and bring benefits to both. The Lama sect (of which the Dalai Lama is leader) were also not always a peaceful group, regulearly fighting with the Taoists in China. Fortunately, the Buddhist ideal is now one of peace, and is a good role model for other religions to follow.
• United States
4 Jun 07
To me this is neither here nor there.. all people everywhere should unite against the present day radical jihadists (or pay the price later).. especially the moderate muslim populations, which suffer the most murders and bombings, etc at their hands..
6 Jun 07
Whatabout Christian fundamentalists who invade foreign soil, support terrorism and even carry out terrorist atrocities. There were no Islamic jihadists in Northern Ireland, just Catholics and Protestants bombing, shooting and violating each other. Jesus taught tolerance of other cultures and religions ('Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesars'). Why do you preach such hatred against Islam? You dishonour Jesus with your thoughts.