No-Go Zones of the Mind

According to a report in the Daily Mail, there are more Muslim than Christian children in Birmingham, England’s second largest city. The same is true in a number of other large and mid-size cities—in Luton, Leicester, Bradford, and Slough. At least three boroughs in London have more Muslim than Christian children, including Tower Hamlets, which has an overall population of 273,000.

Most Americans, I daresay, don’t know about these significant demographic shifts in the UK. And it’s a good bet they don’t know about the 1400 child rape victims of Muslim gangs in the mid-size city of Rotherham. Nor is it likely that Americans are aware of “Operation Trojan Horse”—a plot by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize as many as twenty-five of Birmingham’s schools.

It is likely, however, that a good many Americans are aware of a gaffe that occurred on a segment of Fox News in January when terrorism expert Steven Emerson mistakenly described Birmingham as a “totally Muslim” city where non-Muslims “don’t go.” Emerson apologized for his error, and Fox News apologized profusely. But it wasn’t good enough for the rest of the mainstream media, who quickly went to town on Emerson’s uncharacteristic mistake. They went further than that. The media took delight in ridiculing the assertion made in a series of Fox News segments that there are “no-go” zones in France and other European countries. Adding fuel to the fire, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, told CNN that she intended to sue Fox News for dishonoring the image of Paris.

No-go zones in Paris? According to CNN, it’s just another urban legend used to “perpetuate a fearful narrative about Muslims.” Except that it’s true. The no-go zones aren’t officially designated as such, and there is no law saying that non-Muslims can’t enter them, but they do exist and non-Muslims are well-advised to steer clear of most of them. Soeren Kern, who has done extensive research on the subject, defines no-go zones as “Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are de facto off-limits to non-Muslims due to a number of factors including the lawlessness, insecurity, or religious intimidation that often pervades these areas.”

The official designation is “sensitive urban zones.” A French government website lists 750 of these “Zones urbaines sensibles,” complete with satellite maps. Not all of these self-segregated areas are entirely Muslim or entirely off-limits to police and firemen, but many of them are highly dangerous and none of them is, as the media would have us believe, imaginary.

Kern has documented the no-go situation in Europe in a multi-part series for Gatestone Institute. Part One deals with France. In it, Kern quotes from dozens of French newspaper articles and television documentaries which focus on the zones and which often do use the term “no-go zones”—along with such other terms as “lawless zones,” “areas of lawlessness,” “battlefields,” and “lost territories.” He also cites a 120-page research paper that documents dozens of French neighborhoods “where police and gendarmerie cannot enforce the Republican order.” In addition, Kern refers to a 2,200-page report, “Banlieue de la Republique” (Suburbs of the Republic), which found that major Parisian suburbs are becoming “separate Islamic societies.”

Perhaps the mayor of Paris is unfamiliar with these areas. Or perhaps she is worried about what would happen to the tourism industry if the word got out. And it wouldn’t help the tourism business if it was widely known that about 40,000 cars are burned each year in France by Muslim youth, or that France has become a hotbed of Muslim anti-Semitism. It’s not widely reported that Jews have been leaving France in droves.

The American media hasn’t been able to avoid reporting the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office or the killing of four Jews at a Kosher market shortly after. And there has been some reporting of a spate of deliberate hit-and-run killings committed by Muslim motorists, along with stories of attacks on French police by knife-wielding individuals of the “Allahu akbar” persuasion. Still, the media declines to connect the dots. The point is that such incidents are intimately connected to the existence of the supposedly imaginary no-go zones. The zones provide the environment which produces and supports the terrorists. As Kern puts it, “Muslim enclaves in European cities are also breeding grounds for Islamic radicalism and pose a significant threat to Western society.”

Just as dangerous as the brick and mortar no-go zones are the no-go zones of the Western mind—topics that the media and the insulated ruling class don’t dare to contemplate. The growing Islamization of Europe is one of those topics. And since the existence of sensitive urban zones confirms the Islamization process, their reality must be denied.

Among the other no-go thought crimes that the bien pensants have refused to contemplate were the possibility that jihad means anything other than an “interior spiritual struggle,” that the Arab Spring heralded anything other than the birth of democracy, and that the Caliphate might conceivably be re-established in the twenty-first century.

The media was wrong about those other “ridiculous” notions, and they are mistaken about no-go zones, as well. One could say they are dangerously mistaken. The failure of Muslims in Europe to become integrated into their host nations is no laughing matter.

Steve Emerson was mistaken about the number of Muslims in Birmingham, but it may turn out that he simply spoke too soon. Ludi Simpson, a Manchester University statistician, forecasts that within four years, native white Britons will be a minority in Birmingham—a decade earlier than the previous estimates. That prospect doesn’t seem to faze the Right Reverend David Urquhart, the Anglican bishop of Birmingham who said “I am delighted to live in a city of diverse faiths where all play their part.” That’s one way of looking at it. On the other hand, if present trends continue, the future of Birmingham may turn out to be much less diverse than the bishop can imagine.

William Kilpatrick

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William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

  • ALT

    Super basic. Great FOX story.

  • N

    One irony I see in all of this was the glee with which Britons took to the comboxes to ridicule the American who said that Birmingham was 100% Muslim – the same British in the the same comboxes who bemoan the Islamization of England. Apparently, it’s OK if it’s an English person saying it, but let an American point out the problem and suddenly all the English who KNOW that their country is turning Muslim are eager to jump on the bandwagon and say the Emperor is fully dressed.

    So we have the nice schizophrenia of English people suddenly denying the problem that they’ve been complaining about for years, just because an American over-estimated the problem in Birmingham. No going to the middle and saying, ‘He over-stated it.’ No, they jubilantly attacked the American for being 100% wrong while ignoring the fact that the American’s overstatement nevertheless points to a very real problem in the country.

    England is going under – fast. I used to live there; I have friends still living there, and it has dramatically changed – for the worse – in the past 20-30 years. It is no longer England or English. The English know it, but the best way to put them into a state of denial – and weaken them further – is to have an American say it. English envy of Americans is deep as their traditional hatred of the French and all things Catholic: nothing makes an Englishman feel superior like being able to look down on someone else. Snobbery is the national pastime. They used to look down upon and rule over millions of “inferior races” (brown, black, Irish). Now they’ve lost the Empire, and it sometimes seems the only thing they have to claim any glory for themselves is the notion that they are somehow ‘better’ than the ‘war-mongering’ Americans who oppress blacks (forgetting that they introduced slavery to the New World and that that they used to boast an Empire on which the sun never set).

    England is one messed up country, because it is in denial about its bloody past, denial about its own racism, and has cut itself off, root and branch, from the Gospel. The average English person hates and resents Americans for being richer, more self-confident, for daring – sometimes – to claim the moral high ground, and having more influence on the world stage than England does. If the US is wise, it will see that England is rotting from the inside and will definitely NOT count on England as a strong ally. A sudden wind is all that it will take to blow down that house of cards, and no matter what the English politicians may mouth about a ‘special relationship,’ the average English person has no love for the US.

    • Asmondius

      I have never been, but I have been told by several travelers of their shock at the fact that our perception of ‘traditional’ England (from television, movies, and geography class) is now no longer based upon reality. The same is said of Paris and, for that matter, Copenhagen.
      .
      As for our ‘special relationship’, one must wonder if another Falklands war broke out today, would our government once again support the British (thinking about the bust of Churchill)?

      • Terry Mushroom

        “I have been told by several travelers of their shock at the fact that our perception of ‘traditional’ England (from television, movies, and geography class) is now no longer based upon reality.”

        Was it ever?

        (I write from England)

        • Asmondius

          It’s true that we may have simplistic or stereotypical images of places we have never visited, however one does not expect to encounter the Middle East in England. What is encountered today seems to be much different from that experienced by our parents. Incidentally, Americans generally have a very favorable view of the English (in spite of “Braveheart’).

          • Terry Mushroom

            When Rome collapsed, it’s former colonials came to Rome. It was the same after the end of Empire.

            The people in areas named in the article are principally from Pakistan and Bangladesh rather than the Middle East.

            Braveheart plays hard and fast with much more complicated truths. The English, in different ways, have also been badly treated by their masters.

            • John Flaherty

              Um, if Pakistan and Bangladesh aren’t in the Middle East, they’re really darn close to it.

              • Terry Mushroom

                John

                I suggest that reading a map is a matter of perspective. Pakistan & Bangladesh are the Muslim parts of the old British India. They are both British Commonwealth countries.

                In the UK, they often self define as “British Asian” in ethnicity classifications. (Although later generations increasingly self define as just “British” or English or Scottish if there is an independence debate.) Although the British were certainly involved in the Middle East, their peoples were never British subjects. They are often Arabs.

                One argument used by people from the old Empire to justify their presence in the UK is “We’re here because you were there.” Those from the Middle East often come to escape war and persecution.

                These distinctions (and there are more!) are important in the UK to understand what’s going on here.

                • John Flaherty

                  I think you’re missing the point somewhat. Just as a visitor to the US might be startled by “Little Italy” or “Little Mexico” in some of our cities, so too would someone like myself be startled by an area that wasn’t obviously stereotypically “British” in England.
                  Whether they techincally self-ID as “Asian” or “Mid-Eastern” doesn’t matter much for these purposes.

                  • Terry Mushroom

                    John

                    “stereotypically “British” in England”. I suspect we are two people divided by a common language. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland are British as well as England. Thus, we all wince when US Americans describe Queen Elizabeth as “Queen of England”. There hasn’t been a King or Queen of England since 1601. The TV and films sold to the US market largely portray an England that has never existed, let alone stereotype England. EG, Downton Abbey. Even without the Muslims, you will rarely find the stereotypes in England.

                    “..doesn’t matter much for these purposes”
                    Actually it does if one wants to understand what is happening here in terms of community cohesion and integration. While Muslims may share a religion, they don’t necessarily share a common culture or history.
                    The article mentions England and France almost in the breath. But the way that the native French and English are responding to Islam can be very different. EG, France has banned the veil. England has gone so far as to allow a veiled woman to appear in court.

                    • John Flaherty

                      I think you’re highlighting some distinctions that might be meaningful to you, but whether they’re meaningful in the sense of solving any problems for the wider society is pretty debatable.

                      When we refer to the Queen of England, we’re typically referring to the reigning monarch of the nation that is definitely not France, Spain, or another nation. Most Americans–and others, I think–see “Great Britian”, “Britain”, and “England”, used more or less interchangeably in routine culture. We also know that Scottish and Welsh people are subjects of that nation. Due to these concerns, whether they technically consider themselves “English” has rather less relevance.

                      Interestingly, the same concern applies to the Muslim population. Whether they technically consider themselves “Mid-Eastern” or “Asian” does not matter so much. What matters much more is where they consider themselves Islamic, not British, and expect that nation’s laws to reflect that frame of mind.

                      We have much the same problem in the US. Whether a people technically refers to themselves as Latino, Hispanic, Chicano, African-American, Lakota Sioux, Cherokke, or some other sub-group, the key difficulty is that they don’t consider themselves Americans, so they don’t expect their own populations to reflect an American cultural mindset. As a result, while many are actually US citizens, these groups tend frequently to clash with others of Western European descent who do not refer to themselves based on the Old Country or old tribal groups.

                    • Terry Mushroom

                      John

                      “Most Americans…see..’Britain’, and ‘England’, used more or less interchangeably in routine culture.” An analogy is us referring to the US interchangeably as Canada or Mexico, both in North America.

                      “We also know that Scottish and Welsh people are subjects of
                      that nation”. Quite simply, they’re not.

                      “Due to these concerns, whether they technically consider themselves “English” has rather less relevance.” But it has considerable relevance to the native populations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England on how they see foreigners integrating. The constituent parts of Britain have distinctive histories and cultures and two have their own language.

                      Similarly Muslim Arabs and peoples from the Indian sub-continent
                      and Africa living here can’t and mustn’t be lumped together in one homogenous whole. They have very different cultures, languages and histories. They might have Islam in common, but they have much to understand about each other, let alone their hosts differences.

                      Fox News and Steven Emerson deserved to be mocked. It wasn’t a gaffe as the article said. It was shoddy journalism, written without research or basic understanding of both England and Islam.

                      Thus, unlike Catholicism, Islam has no central teaching authority. A considerable challenge is the difference between cultural practices and the core part of Islam. EG, some will insist on the burqua as a religious requirement. This insistence has caused considerable tensions as it is so alien to us. However, other Muslims deny its importance. Practising Muslims are not integrated amongst themselves, let alone with their host culture that they rightly see as largely godless.

                    • John Flaherty

                      OK, very briefly, outside of politico-cultural prejudice or other loathing for American renown, I’ve never heard a credible suggestion that people couldn’t figure out that “American” referred to US citizens.
                      Why someone from Honduras or wherever can’t be happy being a Honduran or whatever, I will never understand.

                      As to the matter of Scottish and Welsh, I assume there may be some form of political..distinction..that separates them from the Queen for legal purposes. Even so, since the Scots voted last year to remain part of Britain, I assume both they and Wales to still be British subjects. It may be alike to my being a subject of my particular State of the Union, but I’m still a subject of US federal law, however much I may loathe that at times. It comes part and parcel with being a US citizen. I should think the same logic applies to Scotland and Wales, however much those regional interests may dislike the idea.

                      I couldn’t care less about the cultural differences between Asian and Mid-Eastern Muslims, nor about the conflicts between the Muslim factions themselves. I DO care about the fact that such factions do not appear interested in acclimating even a little to the roughly Christian culture surrounding them.

                      I suspect that the Fox report attempted an apology not because the reporter goofed, but because they needed to say attempt to placate people. Fox had the gall to report on a cultural situation that I suspect many wished to ignore entirely or downplay significantly.
                      They’re too busy trying to be “diverse” to be willing to confront the plausible threat that Islamic populations may pose.

    • Terry Mushroom

      “The average English person hates and resents Americans for being richer, more self-confident, for daring – sometimes – to claim the moral high ground, and having more influence on the world stage than England does. ”

      I have lived in England for many years, first studying in Birmingham and then moving round the Midlands, Home Counties and south west England. That covers all the areas mentioned in the article, bar two.

      In my experience, the English don’t think much about Americans at all. They have too much self confidence to be worried about what Americans think of them. “Glory” died on the Somme. They are well aware of its that the Empire is over, of its “bloody past” and have no wish for its return. In fact, it enjoys good relations and is respected by most of its former colonies. That’s a considerable achievement.

      Their relationship with the French is much subtler than “hatred”.

      Indeed, England is a very subtle country with many deep and various roots. It has a complicated, subtle class system based on birth, money, region, county and accent. But snobbery is not “the national past time”, although snobs there undoubtedly are.

      A common reaction to the Fox News Birmingham claim was to laugh at its sheer nonsense. The report wasn’t “overstatement”. It was just very poor journalism.

      I agree with Lagos1 that the most profound change has been the influx of Eastern Europeans.

      • “In my experience, the English don’t think much about Americans at all. They have too much self confidence to be worried about what Americans think of them. ”

        And you’ve acquired telepathic abilities how?

        • Terry Mushroom

          I note that you didn’t ask the same question of N whom I addressed my thoughts to. Or Lagos1

          I made no claim to be infallible. It’s fine by me that others may differ.

          • Who said you were infallible?

            You wrote:
            “In my experience, the English don’t think much about Americans at all”

            You seem to be privy to the thoughts of the English.

            • Terry Mushroom

              I’m writing in England where I’ve lived for many years with an English wife, sons and her and their extended family. As I originally said, I’ve studied, lived and worked in all the areas, bar two, mentioned in the article. I daily follow British current affairs on radio, TV, online and broadsheets. I watch Freeview which runs the most watched TV channels.

              I’m a dual national. My birth country has a close and affectionate relationship with the UK from where it was founded. Our principle differences are friendly rivalries are over sport.

      • M

        Terry, that’s been pretty much my experience too. I’m of mixed nationality (US/Irish,) living in the US, and spent many years living in the UK, part of that time in Belfast. My impression is that Europeans are increasingly identifying as members of the EU, rather than being particularly nationalistic about their own little patch of ground. My friends in both Ireland and Northern Ireland have preferences as to which they’d rather belong to, but they don’t have the depth of feeling over the issue that our parents did.

    • cestusdei

      Some Brits are moving to the country side and quietly admit as to why.

  • la catholic state

    Personally….I think the day will come when there will be mass migration of British Catholics and other Christians to France and maybe Ireland. We have not reached it yet ….and we can only pray for the conversion of England. But it is a possibility.

    • Asmondius

      Instead of a Potato Famine it may be initiated by Islamic Blight.
      .
      How ironic if the Irish save the English.

  • DXM

    CNN should select the most notorious of the Parisian no-go zones and send Anderson Cooper to stroll through there with a hidden camera and mic and see what happens. Maybe try it with Birmingham too.

    • Asmondius

      Let him stroll along, proudly flying his rainbow flag.

    • Or Dearborn…

    • Maureen O’Brien

      Anderson Cooper would not go into these places even with a military escort! What is wrong with the French and the English? Do they want to just give their country away?

  • Watosh

    Meanwhile, the secular governments of the formerly Christian countries are busy making religious beliefs irrelevant.A report by Liberty Institute found an increase in legal, school related and employment related attacks on religious expression in 2014. This rot that has taken place in countries that Kilpatrick fears will be taken over by Moslems is so bad that eight Catholic legislators in San Francisco signed a letter demanding that the order that teachers in Catholic schools live by Catholic principles be rescinded. Is it possible that God is using the Moslem fanatics as a scourge to punish Western Countries for turning their backs on the teachings of Christ?

    • Guest

      it is even more pervasive. My son has been in Catholic School his entire life. I have listened to non-Catholic parents complain because all we teach is Catholic Theology and make their kid(s) attend Mass. They totally disagree with Catholicism. So I ask why are you here? “Because of the education” and “the schools are safe.” My response consistently is that our educations is great and we are a safe environment because we are Catholic. If you do not like the Catholic Church or Catholic Theology…apply elsewhere. They usually huff a little more and keep writing their checks. I also applaud the Archbishop Cordileone. He is on the right path

      • Atilla The Possum

        AMEN!

      • Chris Cloutier

        Keep Archbishop Cordileone and others like him in your prayers.

      • Randall Ward

        Those that acknowledge me before men…

  • M

    William Kilpatrick writes, “And there has been some reporting of a spate of deliberate hit-and-run killings committed by Muslim motorists ..”

    It would be slovenly to let this pass without pointing out that Muslims themselves have been deliberately targeted in similar hit-and-run killings. A Jewish settler recently killed a five-year-old Palestinian girl and injured another in an apparently deliberately attack:

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/14746-jewish-settler-runs-over-2-palestinian-children-in-west-bank-killing-1

    In the West Bank, Israeli troops escort Palestinian children to school to protect them from attach by Jewish settlers:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-the-west-bank-israeli-troops-still-escort-palestinian-children-to-school/2014/11/01/68d513ca-5b89-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

    Muslim children in Israel are frequently mistreated by Israeli troops:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/israels-war-on-palestinian-children/5359352

    The invasion of Iraq in 2003 has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims, many of them civilians (and many of those children.) The war has destabilized the entire region.

    Nothing justifies criminal behavior by anyone, Muslim or not, but it’s important to note that the majority of European Muslims are peaceful and that recent social and historical conditions have contributed to radicalizing segments of the Muslim community. Extremists needs to be dealt with, but it’s unfair to suggest that Muslims are by nature dangerous terrorists. We non-Muslims don’t always set the best example and many of us treat Muslims outrageously.

    • Seamrog

      Gag.

    • fredx2

      Seriously? You respond to the fact that Muslims are randomly driving over Non Muslims in France, with notions that this is kinda-sorta justified because of the supposed poor treatment of Palestinians by the Israelis?

      • M

        Of course it’s not justified. The article attempts to paint Muslims with the same broad brush. It’s important to note that Muslims have been the persecuted as well as the persecutors. Vicious behaviors are not specific to one religious group.

    • Asmondius

      Name a Muslim-dominant country where non-Muslims freely practice their religion and are treated as full equals.

      • Atilla The Possum

        M would be pretty hard pressed to find one…

        • Asmondius

          Well, M is falling back on the ol’ ‘poverty creates terrorists’ theme song. Evidently he did not see today’s NY Times:

          .

          ‘Mohammed Emwazi was 6 when his parents moved to West London from his birthplace in Kuwait, and he seems to have lived a normal life, studying hard and graduating in computer sciences from the University of Westminster in 2009.’

          ‘Mr. Emwazi was identified on Thursday as the masked Islamic State fighter called “Jihadi John,” and his journey from computer student to a murderous spokesman for the Islamic State is only beginning to come clear.’

          • M

            1) Not what I was saying at all.
            2) One anecdote in isolation is fairly meaningless.

            • Asmondius

              All of the 9-1-1 pilots.

      • M

        The Catholic monarchs of Spain and the Spanish Inquisition were far more intolerant and brutal than the Islamic rulers that preceded them. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution of Malaysia (predominantly Muslim) and relations between diverse religious groups are generally tolerant there. The situation is not perfect, but Chinese New Year, Christmas, and Diwali are all national holidays there, along with the typical Islamic holidays. Albania has a Muslim majority but was recently called out by our very own Pope Francis as a model of religious harmony:
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/albania/11111600/Pope-Francis-says-Albania-is-a-model-of-religious-harmony-during-first-visit-to-Muslim-majority-nation.html

        There are social and political roots to much of today’s Islamic radicalism (please don’t be dense and assume that I am justifying any form of violence or bigotry) and these include oil, Israel, imbecilic invasions of Muslim countries by Western ones, poverty, and oppression of the Palestinians.)

    • cestusdei

      The Christians I met on the West Bank are frightened of the Muslims and can’t say so or they will be punished. They told me they prefer Israeli rule.

  • M.J.A.

    The irony in all this might be too that , spiritually , any time we deny the dignity of human life, conveyed to us by the truth of The Incarnation and the related – ‘ what you did to the least , you did it unto Me ‘ – thus to help make us all , also look deep within and around, to be open to the pain of such denial of our Lord and of the dignity of His children .
    The tendency to have ’72 ‘ of virgin eqivalents ( regardless of gender anymore !) from all unholy attachments and soul ties , even if by looks , at media persons …if we can repent of all such and help to bring in the Kingdom, in our hearts , that also might give us all , more Godly wisdom , in dealing with the external threats that are possibly only indications of what is going on internally ; meanwhile, true, we do need articles such as this , to alert us and this too , in the ways and means needed –
    http://www.austincnm.com/index.php/2015/02/angels-dragons/#.VO9A92e_yM-

    Mary , conceived without sin , may she enable us , to be one, with the joy of Her parents , from the moment of Her own pure, holy conception , as well as the pain of Her children , and the joy of heaven from repentance , to ever more take in the attitudes of The Kingdom !
    Pope Emeritus Benedict had warned us about the connection between the internal deserts and the external ones ; may the prayers and goodness of our Holy Fathers help to drive away the agents of fear and hatred , by the acceptance of the merciful gaze of The Father , in the Face of The Lord !

  • Asmondius

    It’s known as ‘colonization’.
    .
    What was preserved long ago at Lepanto may one day soon be lost in the decadent legislatures of the West.

  • Lagos1

    I know Birmingham quite well and it can be a pleasant place to live. In fact the city has improved in many ways since the 1970s despite the collapse in the car industry. It has always been a city with many immigrants that has often been associated with popular fears of various ethnic groups with the related talk of no go areas. It was the Birmingham Irish, then the Jamaicans and now its the Pakistani Muslims. I’d rather walk through Birmingham than I would Detroit (it has 15-20 times less murder) – a city it used to be compared to very often with a similar population and dependence on the auto industry. That needs to be kept in mind.

    This article also mixes its statistics. It reports that native white Britons will be a minority a decade earlier than previous estimates. However, this is because estimates haven’t always considered the impact of properly considering native white Britons v’s the white population at large. As anyone who knows Britain would tell you, the most profound societal change in the last 10 years has been a flood of Eastern European Immigrants into the UK. No wonder native white Britons will be a minority in Birmingham than previously expected. it should also be considered that rather than just an increase in Muslims and other groups, this trend is also due to a large outflow of White Britons from Birmingham to the rest of the UK. As many of these are very often of Irish descent, this is also partly a sign of economic success and integration for what was once a maligned minority.

    So this article does not present a fair representation of Birmingham. Even the so called “Trojan Horse” operation has to be considered in a wider argument over how free a school should be from government control including things like sex education. There are some aspects of the debate where a traditional Catholic parent is pleased to have the support of a Muslim parent.

    But it is true that the Islamic population of Britain is growing. It isa round 5% but 9% of pre school age children are now Muslim. There will inevitably be very specific problems with what will be such a sizeable Muslim population( and one that comes from a particularly “problematic” part of the Muslim world at that) that will only get worse . Furthermore the presence of islam has also been used by the secular classes in Britain to undermine Christianity – this is the real Trojan Horse issue.

    And unfortunately it will be difficult to simply turn off the immigration tap because the Muslim part of the Mediterranean is in such a mess. The issue that anyone who worries about the growth of Islam in Europe has to address this.

    But lets also worry about those Catholic Irish who have left Birmingham. They have also largely left the Church. And frankly speaking, this is a more serious issue for them than the Muslims who make Birmingham a particularly fine place to eat a meal on a Saturday night.

    • Terry Mushroom

      I’m glad you’ve written this. I live in England and know Birmingham, Slough and London well.

  • Ruth Rocker

    I honestly DO NOT understand why local officials anywhere allow this to happen. I was. stunned recently to learn that Irving, TX, has allowed a shariah court set up shop in town. WTF?? If you’re in any given country, you abide by those laws, not your own. And the same people who complain constantly about Christianity attempting to set up a theocracy, especially in the US, are the same ones who bend over backwards for muslims to get whatever they want, including separate, closed religious courts. These are the same courts that sentence people to having their hands cut off, scourging with whips and other “peaceful” forms of punishment. BAH, idiots abound.

    Lord protect your people/

    • M

      The “shariah court” is simply a faith-based mediation center, similar to others with a Christian, Jewish, or secular alignment, that offers an alternative to costly litigation. It does not (and does not claim to) in any way supersede existing laws.
      http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/shariatexas.asp

      • Ruth Rocker

        Given the fact that their instruction book SPECIFICALLY tells them to lie and deceive the “unbeliever” I don’t think I’ll just take their word for it. The proof will come when/if someone disagrees with the verdict of the “tribunal” and seeks redress in the real courts. If they don’t like the way our country is run, feel free to LEAVE and go somewhere else so they can continue to enslave their women in peace.

      • Phil Steinacker

        Snopes has been caught shilling for dem politicians like Obama and pet left-wing causes, often by outright lying. Try citing truthorfiction.com for greater credibility.

        As for your explanation of a shariah court, I’m afraid you’ve outed yourself. That is nothing but a self-serving apologia for a dangerous pestilence which no Western country should EVER tolerate. We’ve seen shariah law in action in America. Not pretty.

        It should be crushed wherever it rears its ugly head.

  • Beth

    And as we are discussing this, Turkey has closed it’s border due to the number of Syrians Christians taken hostage. (New Advent headline)…..Where will all this lead?
    How do I prepare myself and my children for these times? What can I do, above prayer, for these Christians being slaughtered? Why is my Church not speaking out louder? Or IS my church speaking out and I just don’t hear it because it’s not on the particular newsfeed I subscribe to?

    So many questions and very few hard answers. Trying (and praying for) to Trust in the Lord! Love and do as you will, eh? {It is not lost on me that this is one of the big differences between “us” (Catholics) and “them” (Muslims)–they demand and get hard answers from their superiors; we are told, rightly, to decide for ourselves what we shall do in times of trouble……}

  • ED FITZPATRICK

    Just in case you don’t know the French language, ‘sensible’ in French means ‘sensitive’ in English.
    The French for ‘sensible’ is ‘raisonnable’.

  • cestusdei

    I have been over there and people have told me areas where I should not go. The areas were Muslim areas. At speakers corner in London you can hear Muslims preach and I asked one what he though about the “free speech” zone there. He said he “hated” it. Others were very clear that 911 was an American or Jewish plot, they can’t make up their mind it seems. Wake up England and Europe.

    • Terry Mushroom

      “people have told me areas where I should not go” As someone living in England, frankly I find this difficult to believe. I know Birmingham, London, and Slough and know them to be perfectly safe. The Fox News story about Brum (Birmngham) was extremely poor journalism and rightly deserved the ridicule it received.

      • cestusdei

        Walk around wear a Jewish yamuka.

        • Terry Mushroom

          I don’t deny that there are very aggressive Muslims. Google 7 July 2005 London when my son narrowly escaped being killed. We definitely have a problem.

          England also endured many years of IRA bombings that were enabled by funding and weapons from the Middle East and the USA. I lived and worked in London in the 70s & 80s when there were numerous attacks. My wife, son and I separately had near misses. London and England endured years of bombings and thousands of deaths during WW11.

          England has a lot of experience of being scared witless but refusing to give in to bombers. I can assure you that England doesn’t do no-go areas. The Fox News story was nonsense.

          • cestusdei

            A synagogue was just attacked in London yesterday. Not long ago a massive Muslim girl trafficking ring was discovered, the authorities had ignored it out of fear of being accused of “Islamphobia.” Time to wake up.

            • Terry Mushroom

              As I’ve already said to you “I don’t deny that there are very aggressive Muslims. Google 7 July 2005 London when my son narrowly escaped being killed. We definitely have a problem.”

              I’ve just spent three days in the London borough with the largest number of Muslims. I regularly visit family there. I agree that there are serious problems that must be resolved. However I suggest you must show some understanding of why I prefer to base my judgements on what I’ve seen on the ground, rather than heed a “wakeup” call from someone who watched a TV report in another country.

              • cestusdei

                As I said, wear a yamuke and see what happens. Heads buried in sand often get cut off. Wake up.

                • Terry Mushroom

                  Thank you for giving me your opinion based on watching a TV report several thousand miles away.

                  • cestusdei

                    I have been to the UK and London several times.

                    • Terry Mushroom

                      I hope you had an enjoyable time, were welcomed and treated with courtesy. Were you just in “tourist London”? Or like me, did you go into the homes and shops in areas where there are high concentration of Muslims?

                      I repeat, there are tensions here. England is very alive to them. They are constantly debated. But it is handling issues in a very different way to France. That’s because we are two very, very different countries. The article does not acknowledge –
                      as you don’t acknowledge – that we know that we have problems. Part of the debate is about whether we want US War on Terror solutions because, so far, it has killed and maimed so many innocent people.

                    • cestusdei

                      I love the UK and had a great time. I hope it is still there in 50 years.

          • cestusdei

            I actually watched a report where someone went into one of the Muslim areas. They were immediately confronted and had to leave in order to avoid violence. Get your head out of the sand.

  • hombre111

    Hlmm. Interesting. Maybe a glimpse of some future civil war in the peacable kingdom.

  • Myshkin

    Europe deserves the nightmare unfolding in its midst, having abandoned the Faith, first with the Protest-ant revolution, and then with the post-modernist nihilism that began roughly with the French Revolution and continued with the advent of Darwinist-Nietschean-materialism.

    God surely does not favor the barbarism of Islam, but when the former Christendom has descended into the animal realm alongside the Islamists, then the strongest animals win — i.e., survival of the fittest animals — in this case, Muslims.

    There are, too, those whose hatred for Christ is so great that they will purposely facilitate the oncoming slaughter of Westerners at the hands of Islamist animals. These are the devil-worshipers in our midst — so consumed with hatred for Christ that they refuse to see that they themselves will perish. On the other hand, these demonic secularists live by the motto to eat, drink, and be merry. And as for their own precious children and grandchildren? They haven’t any, having sacrificed them on the altar of sexual pleasure and abortion and contraception decades ago.

    America: You’re next! And your covertly Muslim President is a traitor who is strangling what is left of your once-great nation.

    • Obama is no longer “covertly” Muslim. I don’t care were or if he attends a church on Sunday, or how often he claims to be Christian, his identity and sympathies lie with the crescent not the Cross.

  • Mrs_Snoopington

    Recommended book at GatesOfVienna blog about England’s massive immigration, “Dark Albion: a requiem for the English.”

  • Seamrog

    It is worthwhile to thank Mr. Kilpatrick for his important work here. It should also be noted that there is no small amount of personal risk for those who confront islam, and the author has been courageous in his persistence.

    I do make it a point when given the opportunity to discuss the ever growing threat of islam with friends and neighbors, and these articles have been tremendously helpful – I struggle to make time to read the sacred texts of my own faith, and certainly don’t have the time to study the koran or the hadith – the arguments presented here are concise and to the point, and the point is damning.

    I was castigated in an earlier discussion for not being willing to go to Syria to evangelize these animals, and pardon me for valuing the present attachment my head enjoys with my neck. No personal witness can turn a heart so hell bent.

    I think Mr. Kilpatrick has the answer here – weakening the foundations of faith in islam is the first step in evangelizing muslims. Then the case can be made that Jesus is not a prophet of God, Jesus is God.

    So Mr. Kilpatrick – thank you for your efforts here. I support you with my prayers and by spreading the information you present. Tell us how else we can support you.

    I look forward to your essay addressing our Church leaders.

  • Catherine

    ISIS is just the CIA/MI6/Mossad. Zionism ans neoconservatism are the real devils.

    What I propose to you is that the current difficulties in the international order are unrelated to Yalta and its consequences, but have their origin in the rise of the neoconservative ideology in the post-Soviet era and its influence on Washington’s foreign policy.

    The collapse of the Soviet Union removed the only constraint on Washington’s power to act unilaterally abroad. At that time China’s rise was estimated to require a half century.

    Suddenly the United States found itself to be the Uni-power, the “world’s only superpower.” Neoconservatives proclaimed “the end of history.”

    By the “end of history” neoconservatives mean that the competition between socio-economic-political systems is at an end. History has chosen “American Democratic-Capitalism.” It is Washington’s responsibility to exercise the hegemony over the world given to Washington by History and to bring the world in line with History’s choice of American democratic-capitalism.

    In other words, Marx has been proven wrong. The future does not belong to the proletariat but to Washington.

    The neoconservative ideology raises the United States to the unique status of being “the exceptional country,” and the American people acquire exalted status as “the indispensable people.”

    If a country is “the exceptional country,” it means that all other countries are unexceptional. If a people are “indispensable,” it means other peoples are dispensable. We have seen this attitude at work in Washington’s 14 years of wars of aggression in the Middle East. These wars have left countries destroyed and millions of people dead, maimed, and displaced. Yet Washington continues to speak of its commitment to protect smaller countries from the aggression of larger countries. The explanation for this hypocrisy is that Washington does not regard Washington’s aggression as aggression, but as History’s purpose.

    We have also seen this attitude at work in Washington’s disdain for Russia’s national interests and in Washington’s propagandistic response to Russian diplomacy.

    The neoconservative ideology requires that Washington maintain its Uni-power status, because this status is necessary for Washington’s hegemony and History’s purpose.

    The neoconservative doctrine of US world supremacy is most clearly and concisely stated by Paul Wolfowitz, a leading neoconservative who has held many high positions: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of Policy Planning US Department of State, Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador to Indonesia, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Deputy Secretary of Defense, President of the World Bank.

    In 1992 Paul Wolfowitz stated the neoconservative doctrine of American world supremacy:

    “Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

    For clarification, a “hostile power” is a country with an independent policy (Russia, China, Iran, and formerly Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad).

    This bold statement struck the traditional American foreign policy establishment as a declaration of American Imperialism. The document was rewritten in order to soften and disguise the blatant assertion of supremacy without changing the intent. These documents are available online, and you can examine them at your convenience.

    Softening the language allowed the neoconservatives to rise to foreign policy dominance. The neoconservatives are responsible for the Clinton regime’s attacks on Yugoslavia and Serbia. Neoconservatives, especially Paul Wolfowitz, are responsible for the George W. Bush regime’s invasion of Iraq. The neoconservatives are responsible for the overthrow and murder of Gaddafi in Libya, the assault on Syria, the propaganda against Iran, the drone attacks on Pakistan and Yemen, the color revolutions in former Soviet Republics, the attempted “Green Revolution” in Iran, the coup in Ukraine, and the demonization of Vladimir Putin.

    A number of thoughtful Americans suspect that the neoconservatives are responsible for 9/11, as that event gave the neoconservatives the “New Pearl Harbor” that their position papers said was necessary in order to launch their wars for hegemony in the Middle East. 9/11 led directly and instantly to the invasion of Afghanistan, where Washington has been fighting since 2001. Neoconservatives controlled all the important government positions necessary for a “false flag” attack.

    Neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who is married to another neoconservative, Robert Kagan, implemented and oversaw Washington’s coup in Ukraine and chose the new government.

    The neoconservatives are highly organized and networked, well-financed, supported by the print and TV media, and backed by the US military/security complex and the Israel Lobby. There is no countervailing power to their influence on US foreign power.

    The neoconservative doctrine goes beyond the Brzezinski doctrine, which dissented from Detente and provocatively supported dissidents inside the Soviet empire. Despite its provocative character, the Brzezinski doctrine remained a doctrine of Great Power politics and containment. It is not a doctrine of US world hegemony.

    While the neoconservatives were preoccupied for a decade with their wars in the Middle East, creating a US Africa Command, organizing color revolutions, exiting disarmament treaties, surrounding Russia with military bases, and “pivoting to Asia” to surround China with new air and naval bases, Vladimir Putin led Russia back to economic and military competence and successfully asserted an independent Russian foreign policy.

    When Russian diplomacy blocked Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and Washington’s planned bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed the “first objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by Washington.

    The attack on Russia began. Washington had spent $5 billion over a decade creating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine and cultivating Ukrainian politicians. The NGOs were called into the streets. The extreme nationalists or nazi elements were used to introduce violence, and the elected democratic government was overthrown. The intercepted conversation between Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador in Kiev, in which the two Washington operatives choose the members of the new Ukrainian government, is well known.

    If the information that has recently come to me from Armenia and Kyrgyzstan is correct, Washington has financed NGOs and is cultivating politicians in Armenia and the former Soviet Central Asian Republics. If the information is correct, Russia can expect more “color revolutions” or coups in other former territories of the Soviet Union. Perhaps China faces a similar threat in Uyghurstan.

    The conflict in Ukraine is often called a “civil war.” This is incorrect. A civil war is when two sides fight for the control of the government. The break-away republics in eastern and southern Ukraine are fighting a war of secession.

    Washington would have been happy to use its coup in Ukraine to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base as this would have been a strategic military achievement. However, Washington is pleased that the “Ukraine crisis” that Washington orchestrated has resulted in the demonization of Vladimir Putin, thus permitting economic sanctions that have disrupted Russia’s economic and political relations with Europe. The sanctions have kept Europe in Washington’s orbit.

    Washington has no interest in resolving the Ukrainian situation. The situation can be resolved diplomatically only if Europe can achieve sufficient sovereignty over its foreign policy to act in Europe’s interest instead of Washington’s interest.

    The neoconservative doctrine of US world hegemony is a threat to the sovereignty of every country. The doctrine requires subservience to Washington’s leadership and to Washington’s purposes. Independent governments are targeted for destabilization. The Obama regime overthrew the reformist government in Honduras and currently is at work destabilizing Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Argentina, and most likely also Armenia and the former Central Asian Soviet Republics.

    Yalta and its consequences have to do with Great Power rivalries. But in the neoconservative doctrine, there is only one Great Power–the Uni-power. There are no others, and no others are to be permitted.

    Therefore, unless a moderate foreign policy arises in Washington and displaces the neoconservatives, the future is one of conflict.

    It would be a strategic error to dismiss the neoconservative ideology as unrealistic. The doctrine is unrealistic, but it is also the guiding force of US foreign policy and is capable of producing a world war.

    In their conflict with Washington’s hegemony, Russia and China are disadvantaged. The success of American propaganda during the Cold War, the large differences between living standards in the US and those in communist lands, overt communist political oppression, at times brutal, and the Soviet collapse created in the minds of many people nonexistent virtues for the United States. As English is the world language and the Western media is cooperative, Washington is able to control explanations regardless of the facts. The ability of Washington to be the aggressor and to blame the victim encourages Washington’s march to more aggression.

  • Randall Ward

    Southern US people identify with GB more closely than the rest of the US, I believe.

  • Right Reverend David Urquhart, the Anglican bishop of Birmingham who said “I am delighted to live in a city of diverse faiths where all play their part.”

    The part the radical Muslims play is to push the sharia norms anywhere they can, discriminating against non-Muslims. The Bishop is ignoring reality and helping pave the way for the increased discrimination of the members of his flock in the local schools and politics etc. For more info, Just look up Trojan Horse schools scandal.

  • poppy

    ‘Freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution of Malaysia
    (predominantly Muslim) and relations between diverse religious groups
    are generally tolerant there. The situation is not perfect, but Chinese
    New Year, Christmas, and Diwali are all national holidays there, along
    with the typical Islamic holidays’

    i need to comment on this (from the commentory below) as a Malaysian Christian i could rattle of all the problems we are having in my country especially as it is being islamised.

    Yes, we do have non-Islamic holidays because the country was built on the sweat of the non-Muslims, but like in other countries, the moslem population is growing by leaps and bounds and non- moslems who are able to are leaving the country in droves. But the people who are suffering the most are the native Christians in east Malaysia (Borneo) who are becoming second class citizens in their own homeland. There has even been calls of secession….. We do/did have a wonderful life especially when we non-moslems made up at least half the population, but not anymore……………

    Need i say more…….

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